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heading out to smith mountain lake this summer.  wondering if anyone can give me a few pointers on catching big rockbass in the dam area.  last year i found myself trolling for a good time and only landed one decent small mouth.

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You talking about the dam on the upper end or the lower end? I suspect you're talking about upper since you mentioned rock bass.

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As long as the water stays up you should be able to get most of the way up to the Powerhouse. I grew up fishing around that dam on the bottom side. Lots of different fish in there and when the stripers get piled up at the Powerhouse its like fishin in a barrel.

My go to bait back then was a texas rigged 4" ringworm, red with black core and a 2/0 worm hook. Most of the time, that was the only worm I took with me. That worm caught rockies, smallies, largemouth, catfish, carp, stripers, white bass, crappie. Come to think of it, I should use them more out on the main lake.  ;D

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