Kerr Reservoir VA / NC Border

Clarksville, Virginia

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Short Take: 48,900 acres; brush-lined tributaries, long, wooded points, sunken roadbeds, shallow coves. A few years ago when professional bass angler Jack Hains won the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society’s national tournament on Virginia’s Kerr Reservoir, he brought in 15 bass weighing more than 57 pounds, an average of nearly 4 pounds per fish. The 286 other anglers competing against Hains added more than 7,680 total pounds of bass of their own—if ever a lake needed any validation for its bass fishery, Kerr received it that week. Kerr Reservoir, however, really did not need such validation. It has been a stellar bass fishery practically ever since the Corps of Engineers completed their dam across the Roanoke River in 1953. With some 800 miles of irregular and lightly developed shoreline, an abundance of both deep and shallow water, rock and gravel bottom, and several large tributaries (including both the Dan and Hyco Rivers), it has continued to be one of the Southeast’s premier impoundments. Primary Species: Largemouth and striped bass.
America's Best Bass Fishing

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America's Best Bass Fishing

by Steve Price (Falcon Guides)

Short Take: 48,900 acres; brush-lined tributaries, long, wooded points, sunken roadbeds, shallow coves. A few years ago when professional bass angler Jack Hains won the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society’s national tournament on Virginia’s Kerr Reservoir, he brought in 15 bass weighing more than 57 pounds, an average of nearly 4 pounds per fish. The 286 other anglers competing against Hains added more than 7,680 total pounds of bass of their own—if ever a lake needed any validation for its bass fishery, Kerr received it that week. Kerr Reservoir, however, really did not need such validation.

It has been a stellar bass fishery practically ever since the Corps of Engineers completed their dam across the Roanoke River in 1953. With some 800 miles of irregular and lightly developed shoreline, an abundance of both deep and shallow water, rock and gravel bottom, and several large tributaries (including both the Dan and Hyco Rivers), it has continued to be one of the Southeast’s premier impoundments. Primary Species: Largemouth and striped bass.

© 2000 Steve Price/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Clarksville
Season & Limits: Best March through May, September, October
Driving Directions: Directions to Kerr Reservoir (VA / NC Border)

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