Fishing on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River

Fishing Trips for Beginner and Expert Fishermen


Whether you are an avid angler or just someone who enjoys or wants to try great fishing, Front Royal Outdoors can direct you to some of the most popular fishing spots on the Shenandoah River. Smallmouth bass, the predominant fish in the South Fork, can be caught with all types of artificial lures and are active all throughout our outfitting season. For other choice of fishing watercraft,  see Canoe, Kayak, and Raft pages. All trips float the South Fork of the Shenandoah River between Luray and Front Royal.

The Shenandoah – with catches of 50 or more fish a day – is ranked in the “Top 10” smallmouth bass rivers in America. The river is also home to largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, muskie, channel catfish, and other species. Visit our online fishing report for current conditions.

Important Information

Please note that rates are per specialty fishing kayak, with a maximum of 1 person per kayak.

Rates do not include 5.3% Virginia sales tax.

Minimum age of six years old in watercrafts and minimum age of four years old on rafts – no exceptions!

Shoes or sandals with a heel strap are required for all river trips. We do not allow guests to wear flip-flops.

Virginia Freshwater Fishing License required for fishing on the Shenandoah river.  We sell fishing licenses in our shop or you can obtain a license before you arrive through the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website.

Please check out the river conditions and fishing report pages prior to booking to see if there are any trip recommendations.

What’s included in your rental
  • Watercraft of your choosing
  • Maps
  • Paddles
  • Shuttle Service
  • Life Vests
  • Basic Riverside Instruction

Choose Your Trip Length To Begin

Plan Your Trip

Check out our local lodging and camping options before your trip, view the current river conditions, and more!

Contact Us

Talk To Our Adventure Experts


Whether you want to lazily float down the river in a tube or just get away for an hour or a couple of days in a canoe, kayak or raft, we can provide the expertise and knowledge to help you plan your Shenandoah getaway.

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