Fishing Season: March-September for Smallmouth, Carp, and Largemouth, Year-Round Musky

South Fork of Shenandoah River - VA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

47

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing's Tip of the Week

Shenandoah is still flowing pretty full. Musky fishing will resume later this week once water levels drop a bit.

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Map of  South Fork of Shenandoah River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 12/1/21

Detailed Forecast TodayScattered showers, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. TonightScattered showers, mainly before 7pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. ThursdayMostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Thursday NightMostly clear, with a low around 42. West wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. FridaySunny, with a high near 60. West wind 3 to 8 mph. Friday NightMostly clear, with a low around 39. SaturdayMostly sunny, with a high near 57. Saturday NightMostly clear, with a low around 30. SundayMostly sunny, with a high near 47. Sunday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around 38. MondayMostly sunny, with a high near 54. Monday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 27. TuesdayMostly sunny, with a high near 46.

Techniques & Tips as of 12/1/21

Temps will be below freezing every night this week. The leaves have all been purged from the river system. It is a great time to get musky fishing.

Current Conditions as of 12/1/21

Detailed Forecast TodayScattered showers, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. TonightScattered showers, mainly before 7pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. ThursdayMostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Thursday NightMostly clear, with a low around 42. West wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. FridaySunny, with a high near 60. West wind 3 to 8 mph. Friday NightMostly clear, with a low around 39. SaturdayMostly sunny, with a high near 57. Saturday NightMostly clear, with a low around 30. SundayMostly sunny, with a high near 47. Sunday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around 38. MondayMostly sunny, with a high near 54. Monday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 27. TuesdayMostly sunny, with a high near 46.

Local Species Available March-September for Smallmouth, Carp, and Largemouth, Year-Round Musky

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    Smallmouth Bass

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    Carp

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    Musky

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    Largemouth

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    Redbreast Sunfish

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    Rock Bass

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Clouser Minnow White 4,6
Moto's Minnow N/A
Lefty's Deceiver White 1/0, 1, 2
Blados Crease Fly N/A
CK Baitfish white, olive, tan 1
Clawdad black, brown, tan 2,4,6,8
Eastern Green Drake N/A
Madtom Sculpin Black 2,4
Trow Minnow White, Gold, Black 2-6

Clouser Minnow

This fly is arguably the best all-around and most recommended saltwater fly ever tied.

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing's Recommended Gear

Description: About South Fork of Shenandoah River

The South Fork of the Shenandoah is one of Virginia's premier smallmouth bass fisheries. This river is very tame with rapids rarely hitting class II or even III. Most of the South Fork can be floated in a tube or canoe. Wading is difficult as there are very deep holes along the river and the only public access is at the VDGIF boat landings. Smallmouth Bass fishing is outstanding from March through September. The South Fork also holds some very big largemouth bass, carp, and musky. This is truly one of Virginia's most diverse warm water fisheries. Our shop is located 15 miles from the South Fork and you can find one of our boats on it every day in Give us a call any time for more details!

Nearest Airport:

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport

Hatches:

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Best Time to Fish:

Anytime

Best Stretch:

All stretches are fishing the same.

Best Access:

All access points are through the VDGIF designated public boat launches. All boat launches are currently clean and manageable.