About Us

Your Striper Fishing Guide on Smith Mountain Lake

We are located at Mitchells Point, Smith Mountain Lake. Smith Mountain Lake reigns as Virginia’s top freshwater Striped Bass fishery and holds a lake record of 49.4 lbs. for the Striped Bass.

Our expert fishing guides, Lead Captain Daniel Berthiaume and Captain Doug Schmidt, hold U.S. Coast Guard Licenses and are fully insured as fishing guides. Customers will fish off either a 25 ft. 2020 Sportsman 247 or 25Ft  2009 Carolina Skiff both of which accommodate fishing parties up to six. ALL equipment is provided.

Meet Your Captains

Captain Daniel Berthiaume, “Captain Bert”

Captain Daniel Berthiaume has been fishing Smith Mountain lake for over 15 years. “Captain Bert” is one of a select group of elite Striper Guides on the lake who combines tremendous results with top notch customer service. As our lead guide Captain Bert is responsible for training and mentoring our guide staff. He personally oversees the outfitting of each charter boat with tackle, electronics, bait storage tanks. Captain Bert develops the days fishing plan for his charter staff. While on the water Bert communicates and coordinates our charter fleet to get our Captains on the big fish – on time and on target!

Captain Doug Schmidt

Captain Doug Schmidt grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Elon college playing linebacker for the fighting Christians. He moved to SML in 2004 and after losing his job in the insulation industry during the 2007 recession he decided to find a job working doing what he loves. He acquired his captain’s license and after fishing SML for many years he knows where to find the fish and has mastered the techniques to catch them.

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Here’s what our happy Stripers had to say about our Fishing Guide Service:

Just wanted to let ya’ll know that we did really enjoy the trip. Your boy was exactly what I hoped he would be. He knows how to fish and how to treat folks and I have found that to be a hard package to find. My kids and my Bros in laws talked about the fishing for the rest of our gathering!

Also, thank Bert for dressing our fish and giving us the 411 on cooking them. We fried half and grilled half and had what the bosses called our best meal of the week! I have personally done a lot of fish eating and had no idea that stripers were for anything more than a good fight. Honestly though, I’d put them right up there with some of my favorite salt water fish.

Well, again–thanks! Hope to be able to go again soon.

Chip, Marietta, Ga.

Captain Bert, we just wanted to let you know what a great time we had last week fishing with you. Patty and I both commented that you were not only one of very few guides we have ever used that was on time, but worked harder at making sure we caught fish than any guide we can remember. If we pass through Virginia again, we’ll try to hook up with you and if we find anyone else coming that way, we will sure recommend you.

Jeff and Patty, Elizabethtown, KY
I just wanted to drop you a note and tell you how impressed we were with our fishing experience with you last week.

It is obvious that you (unlike several other captains we observed) truly enjoy your business and gave us much, much more than we expected. We all felt that your first concern was for us to catch fish and go home with a nice catch and some good memories.

Your boat and equipment was superb and your professionalism seems unmatched. We will make a point to recommend your charter to our many circles of friends and fishing enthusiasts.


I am writing to say how much fun we had out on the lake last Wednesday. That 9 hours on the lake was all we talked about the rest of the trip. You are definitely a first class guide. Again thanks a lot and we will definitely be coming back!


Am finally getting around to writing you a note to tell you how much Walt, Mark, Eric–and especially Griffin–enjoyed the fishing trip on the 16th. I know Griffin will always remember his 9th birthday gift from his Aunt Mary. Walt raved about the trip–and believe me, Walt doesn’t rave about many things! He said Bert was so good with Eric–and my two sons enjoyed talking to him so much. I cooked some of the fish that night and they were really good!


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