Lake Robertson - Fishing Opportunities
For the angler looking for plenty of largemouth bass action in western Virginia, Lake Robertson is the place to go. Bass are abundant and several have been caught over 10 pounds. Early spring moves large females in shore, in search of food after a long winter. Beaver lodges and introduced cedar tree and hinge tree attractors are good holding areas for quality largemouths. During May and June, the edge of massive weed beds are a sure bet, especially around dusk. Surface action can be tough at times, so deep diving artificials and live bait can produce some quality fishing.
Channel catfish were not a major component of the fishery at Lake Robertson prior to 1993. At that time, large catfish were introduced at a reduced stocking rate, and that proved to be the key to their current success. The thinking was that the largemouth bass population was so dominant in the lake that the fingerling catfish were being consumed before they were recruited to the fishery. Stocking 10 - 12 inch cats eliminated immediate predation by young bass, giving them an opportunity to grow into their new environment. The result is a healthy population of channel catfish in the 15 - 30 inch size range. Many catfish are caught from the bank at Lake Robertson on nightcrawlers, minnows, and chicken livers.
Several species of panfish are present in Lake Robertson. Bluegill are abundant and the population is well structured with good numbers of 6 - 8 inch fish. Look for big gills near beaver lodges and brush structures in early spring. Redear sunfish, also known as shellcrackers, were once very prevalent. Their numbers have declined in recent years, so they were recently stocked to give them a presence in the lake once again. Redear's are popular because they are often caught in excess of one pound. Pumpkinseed, redbreast sunfish, and warmouths also populate the clear waters of Lake Robertson, however their size is small and their numbers are few.
This member of the perch family is a very popular sportfish in the upper Midwest because of its size and flavor. Walleye were thought to do well in Lake Robertson because of it's clear waters and ample forage, so they were first stocked in 1983. Walleye, stocked as fingerlings, grow well here and have attained sizes up to 7 pounds. Their population is small, but ample numbers of quality size fish are present to create some diversity to fishing stringers. Walleye, best caught at night or on cloudy days, can be caught with bright jigs around wood structure or rip-rap.