Fishing on the Shenandoah

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River has historically ranked as one of the finest small mouth bass fisheries anywhere. Unfortunately, an as yet unexplained fish kill in 2005 wiped out close to 80% of the mature bass, but mysteriously spared the juveniles. Fish stocks have since made a remarkable recovery, and fishing last year was exceptional once again, but the unsolved cause of this event is troubling.

Be that as it may, superb fishing has returned. The local stores in Bentonville carry live bait. Fishing licenses are best obtained online at Also, we regret to inform you that human consumption of fish from the river is not recommended due to the careless industrial discharge of mercury into the river during the first half of the twentieth century in the Shenandoah Valley.