Why You Should Plan a Shenandoah River Fishing Trip

The Shenandoah Valley is home to exceptional rivers, lakes, and streams for fishing. These beautiful waterways offer a bounty of trout, smallmouth bass, and more, ideal for a Shenandoah Valley fishing adventure. Today, we’ll focus on Shenandoah River fishing, what you can look forward to, and why you should plan a fishing trip there. Whether you’re an expert angler or a novice, you’re bound to have a wonderful Shenandoah River fishing experience.

For the best places to go fishing, find adventure, or otherwise, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide! Here at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages in Harrisonburg, we want you to have the very best visit to the Shenandoah Valley. With our guide, you’ll have the ticket to a wonderful northern Virginia vacation.

Why Shenandoah River Fishing?

The Shenandoah River teems with enticing varieties of fish, making a Shenandoah River fishing experience one full of possibilities. Within the waters of the river, you’ll find crappie, sunfish, muskellunge, channel catfish, and smallmouth bass. In fact, the Shenandoah River is one of the best places to fish smallmouth bass in the eastern United States.

If the variety of fish you’ll find there isn’t enough to convince you, then perhaps the intriguing history surrounding the river will. As the main tributary to the Potomac and a central piece of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley, the Shenandoah River is ripe with stories and important history. You’ll feel like you’re fishing in a historic place, and right you would be.

How to Fish the Shenandoah River

Take a Guided Trip

Shenandoah River Adventures

Offering fishing trips is just one of the many things Shenandoah River Adventures offers. Trips are by appointment only, and only for the purpose of paddle instruction and assistance on the river. Their guide rate is $60.

 

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing

The shop is one of the best fly-fishing resources in the area. And, that’s not even mentioning the nine sections of trophy trout water they manage. Guided trips are available no matter which species of fish you’re angling.

Fishing Trip Special

Take a relaxing fishing weekend getaway in VA on the Shenandoah River to a whole new level with By the Side of the Road’s fishing package which includes:

  • A bottle of Chilled Sparkling Wine upon arrival
  • $50 dinner certificate to a local restaurant
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Shop
  • Breakfast to-go for the angler(s) on the mornings he/she heads out early and/or our Hot Gourmet Breakfast served to the non-angler delivered to your cottage door
  • A Complimentary Signed Copy of “Fly Fishing Virginia” by Beau Beasley

Plan Your Fishing Adventure Today

Whether you’re planning a fishing day during a Shenandoah Valley vacation or an entire fishing excursion based at our cottages, you’re sure to find incredible memories and fun Shenandoah River fishing. And, once your day is complete, come back to By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, kick back, and relax! Our rooms, suites, and cottages are perfect for a fishing getaway, so browse our availability today! Then, contact us to book your next Shenandoah River fishing adventure!