Lake Moomaw Overview
An impoundment of the Jackson River, Lake Moomaw lies in the Alleghany
Highlands of western VA.  Its 2,530 acres are home to an amazing variety of
gamefish species.  Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, stocked trout (brown,
rainbow, and brook), crappie, bluegill, pickeral, channel catfish, and yellow perch
all reside in Lake Moomaw.  Surrounded by the Gathright Wildlife Management
Area, its 43 miles of shoreline are undeveloped.  Several excellent boat ramps and
U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are available.  Alewives are the primary forage
fish in the lake.  
Mike Puffenbarger at Maple Tree Outdoors (540-468-2682):   With the rain storms
the past few days things are alittle unsettled on the Lake. With the warm up as we
head into mid-May, the fishing will pick up too. Check our website for updates and
availability to reserve a fishing date.
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shallow flats in the mid-lake regions.  Greenwood point, the swimming beach, and
the islands are good places to start.  Buzzbaits and jerkbaits around vegetation
work well as do crankbaits and jigs around old roadbeds and structure.  Bouncing
crawfish-imitating jigs or jig-n-pig combinations in rocky areas can also produce.

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth bass are native to the watershed.  They prefer the
steep shorelines and rocky areas in the lake.  The area above McClintick Point,
around Coles, and Hughes Draft are reliable spots.  Smallmouth are generally
shallow in spring and fall, but move out to 20+' deep in the summer and winter.  In
the late spring, many large females move up into the riverine sections of the
Jackson River and Back Creek.  When the fish are shallow, buzzbaits and small
jerkbaits are good choices.  Any time of the year, it's hard to beat small,
crawfish-imitating jigs.  

Trout:  Brown trout and rainbow trout are stocked regularly in Moomaw.  The fish
tend to live below 15' deep.  Deep-water trolling and drifting live bait (alewives or
shiners) are the two most popular ways to target these fish - which commonly
reach 3-5 lbs.  Late winter and early spring are the best times to target trout.  

Yellow Perch:  Yellow perch, normally associated with the tidewater region, grow
large in Lake Moomaw.  Moowaw produces citation-sized fish regularly and set the
state record in 1999 at 2 lb 7 oz.  They are often caught in the spring by anglers
targeting bass.  Drifting minnows in 10' of water in the late winter can also be
Lake Moomaw Fishing Report - May 9, 2012
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Other Useful Links and Info
Bait and Tackle:
The Hitching Post (North End):  (540) 279-4179
Bolar Flats Marina (North End):  (540) 279-4144
The Bait Place (South End):  (540) 965-0633

Camping - Forest Service Campgrounds (call 1-877-444-6777):
Bolar Mountain Recreational Area
McClintick Point
Greenwood Point
Coles Point
Morris Hill
Some nice Lake Moomaw fish caught by
Maple Tree Outdoors
Citation Yellow Perch
Brown Trout
Citation Smallmouth