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How to Fish at Smith Mountain Lake

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   While Smith Mountain Lake is well-known among fisher-folk for its population of
striped bass (stripers), catfish, and large and small mouth bass, catching them can be a challenge for those not familiar with the lake or familiar with the techniques and baits that are working any given week.

   So newcomers to the angling scene here do well to enlist the services of an expert
fishing guide to show them the ropes and ensure a satisfying outing.

  Connecting with a knowledgeable, experienced guide is easy. The SML Regional Chamber of Commerce lists Chamber Member guides in the fishing section of Visitor Guide. You can request a by-mail copy at www.visitsmithmountainlake.com or check page 18 of the publication on-line. Laker Media also publishes an annual “Laker Guide” to Smith Mountain Lake which offers a full page listing of guide services plus extensive listings of marinas, lodging, dinning and other water sports options. Copies are available in red racks positioned at many area retail shops and restaurants. You can also find the listing in the free May/June issue of Laker Magazine, in racks those months or digitally throughout the year at www.smithmountainlake.com.

   SML’s guides typically fish several times a week and network with one another, so
they’ll be up on where the fish are biting. Rates are typically $100/pp for a half day
excursion and $200 for a full day, but may vary with captain and number in your party. Rates include top notch equipment and bait appropriate to whatever fish you hope to catch. On a good day with a guide, you might reel in a trophy striper, bass or catfish; on an average day, catching your limit of hard-fighting, good-eating fish is likely. Regardless of the catch, you’ll enjoy being on the water amid SML’s picturesque shorelines and quiet coves…and learn tips for fishing SML from a real pro!

   Captains will expect their guests to have a Virginia fishing license, available
locally or on line at VDGIF.virginia.gov/fishing. Resident children under 16 and non-
residents under 12 may fish without a license.

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Amidst all the the turmoil, anxiety and confinement that COVID-19 Pandemic has imposed upon America, some things remain unchanged. 

One of those is the appeal of the inviting waters, clean air and mountain views offered by Smith Mountain Lake in rural Southwest Virginia. Fishing is good, as always. Water sports—paddling, wakeboarding/surfing, swimming, cruising—are being enjoyed by families lucky enough to have property here or to arrange a visit. Indeed, what better way to get relief from quarantine than to spend time immersed in the delights of a vacation paradise? 

Essential business at SML are open and operating using social distancing practices. Most area restaurants are offering meals through delivery and curbside/dockside pickup. Traffic on the lake is down, making it even more serene than normal.  

Many rental properties are being offered, providing an opportunity for those new to SML to experience how some time at the Lake can be a refreshing and liberating experience—just the ticket for escaping the confinement blues.  Might this be YOUR  time to experience how special time at Smith Mountain Lake can be…and perhaps discover a place where you’d like to own a vacation or retirement property?  Give me a call and let me help you find out. 

Jada Turner

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Bridgewater Bay

Bridgewater Bay is located only two miles away from Hales Ford Bridge. With 26 villas and waterfront/water access townhomes to choose from, Bridgewater Bay offers the easiest place to live on the lake! With lawn, gardening, and mulching maintenance being taken care of for you, there is more time to relax and enjoy the beautiful lake-side views and activities! With the option of a slip at the community boat dock or a private dock of your own, accessibility to the lake has never been more simple! In addition, Bridgewater Bay also offers its residents a superb clubhouse, an outdoor pool, and several tennis courts.

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Mariners Landing

Mariners Landing is located in the Huddleston area of Bedford, Virginia. It is the ideal place for golf enthusiasts since it features a championship 18-hole golf course that is open to members and their guests! Other amenities include a hot tub, indoor and outdoor pools, basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts, fitness center, and even a children’s playground. And when you need a little extra TLC, Mariners Landing also offers a magnificent spa and “Heath’s” the cafe located at The Pointe for endless relaxation!

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Bernard’s Landing

Bernard’s Landing is located about 9 miles down Scruggs Road, and features condos, townhomes, and patio homes! The 70-acre development consists of homes that come in various sizes to fit each individual’s needs and desires for their lake home. It also features amenities such as sports centers, indoor and outdoor pools, a stunning fitness center, multiple tennis and volleyball courts, and a civil war era library for residents’ use. “The Landing” is an award winning restaurant that features the most delectable cuisine. People can arrive by boat or residents can enjoy an easy walk to the community restaurant. If you favor a more pub-style menu, you also have the option of Bruno’s Gastropub that includes dozens of specialty and microbrew beers.

Beautiful Waterfront Home Just Listed!

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50 Homeplace Circle –  $779,000


Have you ever walked in the front door of a property, and within seconds you just knew that you found your home? It might be it’s warm, open feel, in a prestigious, quiet neighborhood. Or perhaps it’s the thought of waking up to the lake view on your covered deck every morning, while later in the evening you plan to entertain outback around a fire. Or maybe it’s that you don’t have to do anything at all, except move in because everything has already been done for your pleasure. Granite kitchen with Bosch appliances, brand new quartz counters in all 3 bathrooms, interior fresh paint in 2020, and 40 year roof and gutters in 2012, and much more. (Ask agent for a full list of updates). Discover for yourself why this property lives up to its name ”home place”- yet don’t miss out, it won’t be available long. You won’t be the only one looking for everything this property offers.

Click the image to find out more information on this stunning home!

Where to Rent a Houseboat on Smith Mountain Lake?

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Where to Rent a Houseboat on Smith Mountain Lake

Are you looking for a great place to rent a houseboat on Smith Mountain Lake? Try Parrot Cove Boat Rentals and Sales! Located at Bridgewater Plaza, you can reach them at 540-721-5363.

Parrot Cove Boat Rentals is located on channel marker R28. Choose from 17 options that can range anywhere from $805-$3,255 a week. 

Renting a houseboat can be a fun, memorable way to explore SML. You may be among the many visitors who fall in love, and you too decide to become a proud owner of a home here on SML. If so, call me to help you find what feels like home!

Warmly, Jada Turner

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The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is my personal favorite. It is located about 8 miles down Scruggs Road and sits on the main channel of Smith Mountain Lake. When you drive in, you’ll feel the Nautical inspired development. Also being located on a peninsula, you have a 270-degree view of SML’s beautiful waters. The Boardwalk features four miles of shoreline, recreational center, croquet, tennis, sand volleyball, and basketball courts, community pool and so much more! With 21 quaint cottages with their own association, you’ll appreciate the option of maintenance free living. Also with endless recreational options, The Boardwalk is the perfect place for a vacation home or to even settle down and reside full time!

Hiking Trails, Roanoke VA

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Places to Hike in and Around Roanoke, Virginia


    Are you looking for some super fun hikes and trails around the beautiful Roanoke Valley? Well, look no further! 


    The stunning Blue Ridge Mountains provide so many enjoyable trails for hikers of all ages and abilities! With breath-taking views, Roanoke offers only the best outdoor experiences! Click the link below for a full list of all hiking trails in the area! 



New Waterfront Home Listing

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32 Hillcrest Heights Drive, Moneta, VA 24121

32 Hillcrest Heights DR
Moneta, VA 24121

You’ll want to put your device down and pick up your phone to get inside. It’s just that good! If you dream of waking up to water from two directions, you found your home. If you’d like three bedrooms on the main floor, you’ve found your home. If view and an awesome two slip dock is important, you got it… if you want newer construction that’s modern and alluring and an additional 2 car garage (total 4) for projects and storage… got that too. It’s located in a quiet cove, just off of Gills Creek, known to be a beautiful spot on the water, with an occasional fisherman coming through and no boat traffic. Close to all the Westlake amenities, the convenience is just right. Stake your claim on this opportunity to call your own!

Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 5 | Living Space: 2,666 sq. ft. | Lot Size: 1.87 Ac. | Year Built: 2014