Martinsville Reservoir is a 175-acre impoundment located just north of the city of Martinsville, Virginia. The impoundment is owned and controlled by the city for water supply while the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries manage the fishery. The most popular sportfish species are largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish and yellow perch. Recent fish surveys showed that the fishery in Martinsville Reservoir was in good condition.
Anglers that have the time and battery power to get the upper end of the reservoir will be rewarded with more opportunities to catch quality fish. Since the water in this reservoir is usually very clear, most fish will be easily spooked. Anglers may want to use light line and keep as much distance between their boat and the structure they are fishing as possible.
The city of Martinsville maintains a park at Martinsville Reservoir, which contains picnic facilities and a boat ramp. Use of the park and reservoir are restricted to the hours of sunrise to sunset. A boat permit is required to launch boats. Make sure to check about boat and motor restrictions for the lake before heading out. The permit is $3 per day or $15 per calendar year.