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So Much to Fish in SoSi, VA

Home to rolling hills, abundant forests, and scenic riverbanks, SoSi (Southside), Virginia is located along the Dan River, which flows over 214 miles from Virginia to North Carolina. Surrounded by additional waterways of the Pugh, Roanoke, and Staunton Rivers as well as Smith Mountain and Leesville Lake, you can see why we’re hooked on SoSi!

All Waters Lead to the Dan
The Dan River, fed by five main tributaries—Smith, Mayo, Sandy, Hyco, and Banister—hosts a variety of fish species including largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish, making it a prime spot for catfishing. Kayakers, canoe fishermen, and small boat enthusiasts often enjoy one-way float trips along this scenic route. Stay informed about fishing regulations on the Dan at!

Experience fishing in Pittsylvania County at Lake Burton, a 76-acre reservoir, and Leesville Lake, a 3400-acre impoundment. Bass harvesting is prohibited at Lake Burton, ensuring their preservation, while Leesville Lake offers diverse catches including largemouth bass, white perch, bluegill, and redbreast sunfish. Amenities include boat ramps, picnic areas, fishing piers, and a marina, with camping available for a memorable night under the stars.

So Much to Do, So Much to See
With over 1000 acres of parks and 13 miles of riverwalk trails, outdoor adventure awaits, with fishing opportunities aplenty! Discover the serene charm of Wayside Park in Hurt, nestled beside the tranquil waters of Sycamore Creek, complete with its picturesque LOVE sign. Nearby, Angler’s Park lives up to its name with a boat ramp, river access, and ample picnic shelters, perfect for fishing enthusiasts. Families seeking more aquatic fun can head to Smith Mountain Lake for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming.

Need to find the best fishing gear? Bullseye Tackle Fishing Outlet in Chatham and Laid-Back Fishing Innovations in Ringgold have all you need to get on the water. Gretna native, Joey Thompson, is also known for his handmade fishing lures, sold nationwide!

Wine and beer aficionados can savor local beverages alongside live music at Ballad Brewing, 2 Witches Winery and Brewing Co., and Homeplace Vineyard. Indulge in SoSi’s dining delights with options like El Cazador, Me’s Burgers and Brews, or River District Golf & Social. Families can enjoy activities at Owen Farm Tours or Funky Fleece Farm, while children can learn about water exhibits at the Danville Science Center before their first fishing expedition. Go see SoSi for an unforgettable outdoor adventure!

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