Cave Mountain Lake - Fishing Opportunities

Largemouth bass

Largemouth bass were stocked into the reservoir in 1998 and now naturally spawn in its clear waters. Largemouth bass are numerous, but are a bit on the small side. The average size bass was 11 inches in 2001, however larger bass now inhabit the lake. Most of the largemouth bass are concentrated around fallen trees or brush piles.


Bluegill and redear sunfish were also introduced into the lake in 1998. Bluegill are the most commonly found sunfish across Virginia, providing a food source for predators and an active sport fish for kids. Panfish can be best located near beaver lodges, fallen trees, and brush piles. Red wigglers or nightcrawlers work best on panfish.

Channel catfish

Adult channel catfish were stocked by the Forest Service in 1997 to provide additional angling opportunities at Cave Mountain Lake. Catfish stockings have continued in 2001 and 2003 in an effort to diversify fishing in this picturesque lake. Channel catfish can be taken in a manner similar to fishing for trout in this lake. Live bait, especially nightcrawlers, are very effective in hooking up with a large catfish.