New River, Lower Section

Pembroke, Virginia 24136

New River, Lower Section

New River, Lower Section Professional Review and Guide

"The lower section of the New River runs for 80 miles from the top of Claytor Lake all the way to the West Virginia state line. You can clearly see the dam at Claytor Lake from Interstate 81, and although dams are not generally thought of as friends to fishing, this dam has helped to prevent flooding and does generate electricity. Built in 1939 by the American Electric Power Company, the dam created Claytor Lake, which stretches out for nearly 4,500 acres, and has provided good habitat for the fish that call this lake home. Once the New River escapes from Claytor Lake, it begins its mad rush north into West Virginia.

Types of Fish: Smallmouth bass are the predominant species on the lower New River. However a strong population of rock bass exists as well. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Late April through Mid October
Season & Limits
Jefferson National Forest
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