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Fishing the lakes, rivers and streams of The Blue Ridge Highlands can be one of the most exciting things you do on your vacation. If you get a great photo, send it to us and we'll post it in the photo gallery. Want the best in smallmouth bass fishing?  Book a guide and hit the New River!  You won't be disappointed.

New River's EdgeGiles CountyNew River's Edge | Pembroke

NRE lodge is located on the banks of the New River and sleeps up to 12. We offer at no extra expense to overnight guests, canoes, kayaks and tubing with life jackets, dry bags, coolers and shuttle service.

website | (540) 599-8382

New River Outdoor CompanyGiles CountyNew River Outdoor Company | Pembroke

We are a full-service outdoor company that provides canoe, kayak, and raft rentals on the New River, cabin rentals, guided New River fishing trips for trophy smallmouth bass, and log home sales.

website | (540) 921-7438

Tangent OutfittersGiles CountyTangent Outfitters | Pembroke

Tangent Outfitters, with locations in Pembroke and Radford, Virginia, is a full service outfitter and guide service, specializing in canoeing, kayaking, rafting, mountain biking and guided fishing.

website | (540) 626-4567

New River AnglerGiles CountyNew River Angler | Pembroke

New River Angler offers float fishing trips for smallmount bass, muskies, and trout in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia.

website | (540) 921-4407

Savage StrikeGiles CountySavage Strike | Eggleston

Capt. Mike Coley & Debby Coley - Located in the foothills of Buckeye mountain in Eggleston, in the heart of some of the BEST musky and smallmouth fishing the New River has to offer.

website | (423) 571-2461




  • The Annual Claytor Lake Celebration  | June 11
    Features, arts, crafts, food, Old Dominion Historical Fire Society's antique firetruck drive in, annual car show, Children's activities, Everett Lee Yearout, Jr. Adult/Youth Fishing Tournament and Essay Contest, sand castle contest, Mike Jarrells and local Native Americans perform music, storytelling and dance, Remote cars/airplanes, trucks performing tricks and stunts, Wine/Microbrewery tasting, Pulaski Fresh Farm to Table, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT includes Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre Mini performances, Southern Nights, Almost McGraw and others to be announced, FIRWORKS and much more! Schedule is tentative and subject to change! Claytor Lake State Park,  Dublin, VA in Pulaski County.
    For more info please contact the Fine Arts Center at 540-980-7363

  • New River Fest | July 2
    The 3rd Annual NewRiverFest will take place at the Cascades Events Park conveniently located on US 460 one mile west of beautiful Pembroke, VA. The festival is just 25 minutes from Blacksburg in the heart of the New River Valley and Giles County. Come spend the day with family and friends and enjoy shopping with many vendors and listening to some great Bluegrass music headlined by Larry Keel and Natural Bridge. Try participating in the 4th annual “Ride River Run” triathlon, the 1st annual New River Fishing Tournament, the 3rd annual Canoe and Kayak Race, or the first ever Archery Shoot. A kids casting competition, stand-up paddle-boarding, fly casting and tying, pony rides, and canoeing, kayaking, and tubing the New River are just a “few” of the activities you can expect to enjoy at the event. General admission is free, entry and activity fees vary. website

  • New River Paddle Craft Fishing Tournament | July 23
    This one day tournament is for any type of paddle craft, kayaks, canoes, rafts, or even tubes. Come out for this fun filled event and see how your fishing stacks up. There will be prizes, and giveaways at the event along with top of the line demo kayaks for you to try out. This will be a Go Green event and all fish will be catch and release. To document your catch you will need a digital camera out on the water with you to snap a shot of your top two fish. We will have a computer on site to document your photo and a winner will be announced at the end of the day. The tournament will start at the Whitethorn public boat launch on the New River in Montgomery County and travel 5 miles downstream.
    website | (540) 382-6975 or 389-8602

  • River Bassin Tournament Trali | Sept 10
    Greeen Ridge Recreation Center in Roanoke. Open to anyone. Fish wherever you want: River and Lake Divisions. Boat rentals available. Win cash, kayaks, PFD's, paddles, trips and more. Catch. Measure. Photo. Release. Fishing Festival open to the public from 3-7pm with demos, vendors and music.

  • The best smallmouth bass streams in Virginia By Bill Cochran -
    Top locations for bass, according to Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, include the Radford to McCoy Falls section of Montgomery County and the Pembroke to Pearisburg section of Giles County.

  • 2011 Smallmouth Bass River Fishing Forecast - VDGIF
    Lower New River (Below Claytor Lake) Anglers visiting the New River below Claytor Lake in 2011 should catch numerous 7 to 14 inch smallmouth bass, due to the 2004 and 2005 smallmouth bass spawns, which were the best since 1996. Bass fishing in the next 5 years should remain strong, since the 2007 and 2010 smallmouth bass spawns were above average. With these spawns contributing to angler catches now and the potential for these fish to be future trophies, the outlook for New River smallmouth bass fishing is bright. The large spawns during 2004, 2005, and 2007 were reflected in electrofishing samples in fall 2010, with 84% of the adult (over 7 inches long) smallmouth bass catch consisting of bass between 7 and 14 inches. The smallmouth bass spawned in 2004 and 2005 will result in good numbers of 14 to 16 inch bass in angler catches this year. While things look bright for the future, the large smallmouth bass spawns of 1996 to 1998 are mostly gone now, so anglers are less likely to take a trophy bass in 2011. Top locations for smallmouth bass include the Claytor Dam tailrace, the Whitethorne section in Montgomery County, the Parrott to Eggleston section in Pulaski, Montgomery, and Giles counties, and the Pembroke to Rich Creek section in Giles County.

    Angler catches of redbreast sunfish and rock bass should be in a good range again, since fall 2010 electrofishing catches for these species were the second highest in the last 10 years. Anglers seeking panfish action in the New River below Claytor Lake should enjoy success in 2011. Good areas for panfish include the Radford to Whitethorne section of Montgomery County and the Pembroke to Rich Creek section of Giles County.

New River locations in Giles County


Glen Lyn
Directions: Town of Glen Lyn on Rt 460

Directions: North of Narrows on Rt 649

Rich Creek
Directions: East of Rich Creek (.5) on Rt 460

Snidow Park Landing
Directions: In the Town of Pembroke take Snidow Road (Rt 623) south to bridge, L into Sindow Park




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