Claytor Lake, a 4,363-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. Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Spotted Bass (collectively called “black bass”) are the “bread and butter” fishes of this lake. About 67 percent of the anglers at Claytor Lake fish for “black bass.” Alabama Bass are found in Claytor Lake. Since Alabama Bass are not easily distinguished from Spotted Bass, size and creel limits on Spotted Bass are no longer in place at Claytor Lake. Anglers can now keep unlimited numbers of Spotted Bass of any size. While there is no minimum size limit for Largemouth Bass, the Smallmouth Bass minimum size limit is 14 inches. The combined daily creel limit for Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass is 5 per day. Anglers are encouraged to continue practice catch-and-release of trophy-size bass from the lake. Claytor’s steep and rocky shorelines make it particularly good for Smallmouth Bass. Good areas for Smallmouth Bass are the shoreline across from the mouth of Dublin Hollow, the shoreline between Spooky Hollow and Texas Hollow, and in Dublin Hollow.
"Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large striper goes home through an alley."