Shenandoah Fishing – Burners Bottom to Downriver Canoe

The Shenandoah fishing trip happens during peak topwater smallmouth bass season.

WHEN: Friday, August 24, 2018

Title: Shenandoah Fishing Trip – Burners Bottom to Downriver Canoe Company
River: South Fork Shenandoah River
Trip Description: Do you want to experience amazing topwater fishing action? This time of year coupled with this 7.5-mile stretch of water means you’ll find yourself in the eye of the storm when it comes to perfect topwater smallmouth bass conditions. Just the most enjoyable piece of water around, with stunning mountain scenery and a nice mix of gentle, contemplative pools sprinkled with just enough medium-sized (Class II max) rapids and minor riffles to make for a very fun day of fishing. Don’t forget to paddle occasionally so you save room to properly fish Sudden Ledge and Old Mill Race.

Every participant gets a buzzbait handmade by your Shenandoah Riverkeeper, Mark Frondorf. These are virtually unobtainable. Not familiar with a buzzbait? Good! You’re in for a treat! Just remember that buzzbaits warrant the same respect as the first rule of the Fight Club—which is you do not talk about the Fight Club—or in this case you do not talk about the buzzbait. It’s not for the faint of the heart, so buckle your chinstrap. Grass beds, Time to go fishing on the Shenandoah for Riverpalooza 2018!current seams, and ledges will do the trick. Please keep in mind that anyone over 16 years of age who will be fishing will need a VA fishing license. Trip will be held rain or shine as long as the river conditions permit safe paddling. Come join this part of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s RiverPalooza 2018, a two-month celebration of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and the importance of sharing and protecting their clean waters!

  • Lead Riverkeeper: Mark Frondorf – 571-969-0746 or mark@shenandoahriverkeeper.org
  • Outfitter and Arrival Location:
    Downriver Canoe Company
    884 Indian Hollow Road
    Bentonville, VA 22610
    540-635-5526
  • Arrival Time: 8:00 AM; anticipated take-out time 4:00 PM
  • Paddle Distance: 7.5 miles
  • Paddle Level: Beginner
  • Boat Options and Costs:
    Canoe rental: $75 per canoe for up to two adults; one child, minimum age 6, can sit in the middle of canoe ($126 value)
    Single Kayak: $50 per kayak for one person ($111 value)
    BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per boat for the shuttle ($96 value)
  • The following “awesomeness” is included with each registration:
    rental canoe or kayak (except BYOB)
    personal flotation device for the day
    paddle insurance
    interpretive guides
    RiverPalooza 2018 commemorative t-shirt
    one-year PRKN membership to support your Shenandoah Riverkeeper and clean water

Participant Limit: 20 people


Fishing on the Shenandoah is a great way for families to spend time together.

What to Bring:

  • Wear proper footwear. NO FLIP-FLOPS. Old gym shoes, sandals with a strap, and water shoes work great
  • Fishing gear, sunscreen, hat and rain gear
  • Healthful snacks and drinking water (no glass bottles)
  • Change of clothes
  • Dry Bag or Waterproof Container (if you bring a phone or a non-waterproof camera, you need a way to protect it)
  • If you plan to fish, bring valid fishing license for the waters you would be fishing
  • Downriver Canoe Company waiver (bring signed copy with you)
  • Trip waiver (bring signed copy with you) – Adult waiver | Minor waiver
  • Read Paddle Rules
  • Download Water Reporter app to record your paddle experience. #RiverPalooza2018

Optional Camping:

Several camping locations are available in the immediate vicinity of Downriver Canoe Company. Check here for more information.



NOTE: Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for securing camping reservations or for the safety and enjoyment of participants who wish to attend. Trip times are subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather, high river levels, tidal fluctuations, wind, and other factors that could jeopardize safety and enjoyment of participants. Unfortunately, there can be no refunds. Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for any personal property that may be lost, damaged, or stolen during the trip. Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for limited camping, outfitter service, lengthy paddle distances, late start times, and uncontrollable weather that could potentially prohibit or limit our ability to provide an enjoyable and safe paddling experience.