Hartman Guide Services

What to Expect

Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia Charters

Smith Mountain Lake is a beautiful man made reservoir, laid right in the middle of scenic Southwestern Virginia. The species that captain Hartman targets is striped bass (striper). Striper are the main attraction on Smith Mountain Lake and act as the apex predator. Hartman Guide Services season runs late April-mid 0ctober, which correlates with the most consistent period of the year for striper fishing on Smith Mountain Lake.

Captain Hartman is one of the premier striper fishing guides on Smith Mountain Lake, using nothing less than the very best equipment; Lowrance 2d sonar and Garmin live sonar, custom handmade rods, and Shimano reels. Striper are famous for their aggressive nature and their ability to put up great fights. Striped bass are also migratory so where they go, we go!

Throughout the season, we cover all different areas of the lake. Striper make for great table fare, also known as rockfish! Captain Hartman offers full-service cleaning of the fish if you choose to keep your catch. Bring the kids, friends, or family to experience one of the top inland freshwater striper fisheries in Northern America.

About Captain Hartman

Captain Hartman discovered his passion for fishing at a very young age. Inspired by his grandfather’s love and dedication to the great sport. Growing up locally, in Roanoke Virginia, Captain Hartman spent the majority of his time exploring the local waters of southwest, VA. Early on in his childhood Captain Hartman worked hard to raise funds to purchase his first boat. Soon after, is when he crossed paths with the fish that would prove to change his life forever, the Smith Mountain Lake Striper. As a result, Captain Hartman dedicated his life to mastering and figuring out the fascinating striper fishery that Smith Mountain Lake uniquely offers.

Captain Hartman now resides at Smith Mountain Lake, with his Co-Captain, Hanna, and comes to you as a full time USCG licensed captain exclusively targeting Striped Bass. Captain Hartman is proudly the youngest Captain on Smith Mountain Lake, and believes his youthfulness, and un-dying drive for his tremendous passion of fishing can bring you the best possible experience Smith Mountain Lake has to offer. Captain Hartman is dedicated to preserving this great fishery and works closely with the Smith Mountain Striper Club, local fisherman, and state game officials to ensure the best possible future for this amazing fishery.

Captain Hartman Speaking at the Smith Mountain Striper Club


Co-captain Hanna!


About Your Charter

The boat is a 25’ Sea Fox, perfect for striper fishing on lakes and near coasal waters. The boat has forward and aft seating which is ideal for small and large groups. Striped bass trips (half day) usually last anywhere from 5-6 hours. 5-6 hour charters are all you need to have a great experience on the lake. If fishing proves to be slower on any given day, Captain Hartman likely won’t hesitate to stay longer!

Price includes all gear, gas, and bait that is needed to successfully put you on fish. Price also includes cleaning of your fish if you choose to cook your catch. Snacks and drinks are not provided but are recommended for you to bring. The captain can’t take more than five guests. All guests over 16 are required to have a valid Virginia fishing license if they plan on fishing. All trips require a non-refundable deposit.