Bye, bye, balloons: Certain balloon releases prohibited in the Commonwealth
With the Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days event coming on July 16, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources is reminding Virginia citizens of the new regulation that went into effect on July 1, which bans citizens from intentionally releasing or discarding any non-biodegradable or non-photodegradable balloons outdoors in the Commonwealth.
John Carlin’s Outdoors: Striper Fishing at Smith Mountain Lake
In this episode of John Carlin's Outdoors, we go striper or striped bass fishing on Smith Mountain Lake with fishing guide Travis Patsell who owns Cats and Stripers. Along for the trip is an old fishing companion, Steve Reynolds, who first showed me the ropes on striper fishing three decades ago.
Smith Mountain Lake businesses hope to stay busy as summer comes to an end
Smith Mountain Lake saw a lot of traffic on Labor Day. The weather was perfect for boating, playing a game of mini golf, or even enjoying a meal outside. The holiday brought in a good deal of foot traffic for businesses on the lakefront, which gave it a very different look than last year.