This is the time of the year when many of the smallmouth bass are feeding heavily on the shiner minnows on the gravel bars. By summer many of these shiners will be in the grassbeds, but now they are on the gravel bars. At dawn, dusk and heavily overcast days, in water two feet deep I fish the Silver Outcast Streamer size 4. In deeper water I use the Murray's Heavy Shiner Streamer size 6.
The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is in beautiful shape. The water temperature is running around 62 to 64 degrees so you will still need chest high waders. There are many public access places on the North Fork to wade. Stop by the fly shop and check out our master map for the access spots.
The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is still too high for good fishing.
|North Fork at Mount Jackson||3.48||418|
|North Fork at Strasburg||2.82||627|
|South Fork at Luray||4.41||2180|