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Nearby Lakes and Streams


All of these great fishing holes can be reached from a short drive from Mefcor Outdoors.  From Catfish to trout you're sure to find everything you need at Mefcor Outdoors to enjoy the following lakes and streams.  And be sure to call us with your fishing report so we can post online where the fish are biting and the trophies you catch.

Greenbrier River-  The Greenbrier River runs in it's entirety in the State of West Virginia.  You are sure to catch small mouth bass anytime of year.  The lower stretch of the Greenbrier River is chock-full of sturdy smallies that are more than willing to teach you a fishing lesson or two!  The greenbrier River Trail provides excellent access for wade fisherman.  Although Greenbrier River isn't as large as the New River you can float down with some ease.

New River - Fishing is not to be missed in the New River. Simply stated, New rivals the James and Rappahannock rivers as one of the best fishing rivers in Virginia. It supports outstanding populations of just about every major freshwater game fish in the state: small mouth bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, striped bass, white bass, hybrid striped bass, muskellunge, walleye, black crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, yellow perch, redbreast sunfish, and bluegill. State records that have been caught in the New River include muskellunge (45 lbs. 8 oz.), small mouth bass (8 lbs. 1 oz.) which was caught 3/12/2003, yellow perch (2 lbs. 7 oz.). The state record spotted bass came out of Claytor Lake in 1993 at 3 lbs. 10 oz. And the river has the potential to yield many more record-setting catches in the future.

Lake Witten - Lake Witten is a 52-acre lake located in Tazewell County. Constructed by the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service, the lake is owned by Tazewell County. Lake Witten supports populations of largemouth bass, small mouth bass, redbreast sunfish, bluegills, crappie, and channel catfish. Lake Witten is also included in the state's put-and-take trout stocking program.

Access to the lake is via Route 16 north out of Tazewell to Route 643, then to the Falls Mills Dam- This is FALLS MILLS, near Bluefield, VA. Great place for fishing. You can fish all day for only $5. They also have $125 annual membership for the whole family. No duck hunting is allowed.

Lincolnshire Lake - Elevation: 2430 ft. Lincolnshire is easily accessed from the Town of Tazewell and supports a multitude of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and other wildlife. A walking trail offers access to the lakeshore; however, there are no trails exploring the wooded hillsides. A loop trail around the lake is currently under development.

Claytor Lake - Claytor Lake, a 4,475-acre impoundment of the New River, stretches northeastward across the Pulaski County countryside for 21 miles. Possible catches from Claytor Lake range from bass to carp. Small mouth, largemouth, and spotted bass (collectively called "black bass") are the "bread and butter" fishes of this lake. About 58 percent of the anglers at Claytor Lake fish for "black bass." The three black bass species in Claytor Lake are regulated by a 12 inch minimum size limit and anglers may harvest five per day (all three species combined). Anglers are encouraged to practice catch-and-release of trophy-size bass from the lake. Claytor's steep and rocky shorelines make it particularly good for small mouth bass. In 2001, Claytor Lake produced 15 small mouth bass certificates (more than five pounds or over 20 inches).

South Holston Lake - South Holston Lake is a 7,580-acre impoundment operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Much of the reservoir is in Tennessee, but the Virginia portion of the reservoir offers anglers more than 1,600 surface acres of water. At this time there is no reciprocal license agreement between the two states, so anglers are required to have a Virginia fishing license when fishing in Virginia waters and a Tennessee license when fishing in Tennessee waters.

South Holston offers good fishing for a variety of species. Black bass, crappie, walleye, sunfish, and catfish are a few of the most sought after species. Predatory fish have diverse and abundant forage in the form of alewives, gizzard shad, threadfin shad and shiners. The lake's shoreline habitats offer anglers a good diversity of structure including rock bluffs, shale banks and flat clay points. Anglers who prefer trolling will also find a good selection of open water structure ranging from mud flats to river channel drop-offs to submerged islands.

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