Fish Blue Ridge

Your four county guide to the best fishing in southwest Virginia

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Fishing at Whitetop Laurel Creek

Whitetop Laurel Creek

In the southeastern corner of Washington County, from the shadow of Whitetop Mountain, Virginia’s second highest peak, runs one of the Old Dominion’s greatest wild trout streams – Whitetop Laurel Creek.

Fishing at South Fork Holston River

South Fork Holston River

In the eastern corner of Smyth County, in the small farming community of Sugar Grove, several small mountain trout streams and bubbling springs converge on the valley floor to form the South Fork of the Holston River–arguably Virginia’s greatest wild trout resource.

Fishing at Hungry Mother Lake

Hungry Mother Lake

Just a few miles from I-81 and the bustling town of Marion, boxed in by rugged mountain ridges, sits one of the Old Dominion’s oldest and favorite state parks–Hungry Mother State Park. The Park’s glimmering heart is Hungry Mother Lake, one of Virginia’s most beautiful and diverse stillwater fisheries.

Big Wilson Creek

Often referred to by such glamorous titles as “The Mountain Empire,” the Virginia highlands region features some of the state’s most rugged and breathtaking scenery. Big Wilson Creek, flowing off the eastern slope of Mount Rogers towards the New River in the valley below, is the primary artery–a mountain trout angler’s paradise.

Rural Retreat Lake & Trout Pond

Southwest Virginia’s Mountain Empire is a landscape dominated by steep mountain ridges and countless trout streams and ancient rivers. However, it also offers great stillwater fishing in a handful of Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR)-owned lakes. Rural Retreat Lake, a 90-acre lake in Wythe County near the town of Rural Retreat, is one such.

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Looking for the ultimate Blue Ridge fishing guide?

This four-county guide reveals the best fishing spots in Southwest Virginia. 

Illustrated fly fishing artwork of an adult and child standing on boulders in the river in front of a four-tier waterfall.
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