Meet Captain Doug – Expert Striped Bass Fishing Guide

Captain Doug Schmnidt  – SML Striped Bass Fishing Guide

Captain Doug grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Elon college playing linebacker for the fighting Christians. Doug 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 then 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.

After being taught by his father how to flyfish for bass, panfish, and trout at the age of 7 his passion for fishing blossomed and he has fished from Canada to South America catching many species of fish. Before moving to SML Captain Doug fished for Rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay along with many other species. Rockfish is the saltwater name for the striped bass caught in Smith Mountain Lake.

A Specialized Charter Experience

For fishing groups up to five people, Captain Doug uses live bait to catch stripers and bass using planer boards or downlining techniques. For those Fishermen wanting a unique personal experience while learning how to find fish using electronics and catch fish on artificial baits, this option is available when booking a Charter with Captain Doug. If interested in booking this specialized Charter for experienced fisherman limited to three people, please ask for more information.

“Smith Mountain Lake is a Striper Fisherman’s paradise. Let me take you and your friends and family out for a memorable day on the lake!”
-Captain Doug

Captain Doug Schmnidt SML Striper Fishing Guide

Equipped to get you on the fish!

Captain Doug Schmnidt’s 25Ft 2009 Carolina Skiff is equipped to get you and your striper fishing party on the fish quickly, and comfortably.  A 200 HP Yamaha outboard means we can get you on around the lake in short order, no matter where the stripers are breaking.  In addition, our state of the art electronics suite includes a fully integrated Lowrance sonar/ side looking sonar bundle and navigation system.

Doug’s top of the line tackle, rods and reels ensures that when we get em’ on the hook  – we’ll get em’ in the boat.  Add it all up and you get one of the best equipped dedicated striper fishing boats on Smith Mountain Lake!

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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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As Marine family Debbie and I have seen first hand the tremendous work that the Fund does in supporting the veterans of all services. Because of this, Mitchell’s Point Guide Services is honored to donate 1% or $5000 of our profits, whichever is a higher, to The Semper Fi and America’s Fund. If you would like more information about the Semper Fi and America’s Fund, or would like donate or volunteer click on the link below.