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South Holston Lake In Virginia

South Holston Lake, Virginia

Boating, camping and fishing.

Known for excellent boating and great smallmouth bass fishing, South Holston Lake is also home to a nice variety of other fish species. Residing in these waters are bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted), catfish (channel and flathead), crappie (both black and white), walleye, trout (rainbow, brown and lake), bluegill, sunfish (several) and white bass. 168 miles of shoreline wrap around this 10,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, at Abingdon, VA. The quality of the bass here make up for slightly lower quantities, as compared to other area lakes. Check with local VA fishing guides regarding guided bass fishing trips here. Crappie, walleye and trout fishing are also a draw and at times provide excellent fishing. Marinas, boat launches and campgrounds are scattered around the lake. There are several convenient locations to fish from shore. Because part of the lake is in Tennessee, check VA and TN regulations before fishing. Beware of major water-level draw downs in winter, sometimes 30 feet or more.

Area Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY


Lake Shore Campground - 276 628-5394

Washington County Park Authority Campground - 276 628-9677

Callebs Cove Campground - 276 475-5222

South Holston Lake Map


Fish species found in South Holston Lake include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth and white bass.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Redear Sunfish Rock Bass Warmouth Sunfish White Bass

Click here for a VA Fishing License.

Local Contact Information

Washington County Park Authority
19482 County Park Rd
Abingdon, VA 24211
276 628-9677

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