North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Cape Fear River Fisheries Report - May 26, 2017

 

BASIC INFO:

River sampled:

Cape Fear River

 

Fisheries Biologists conducting sampling:

Kyle Rachels, Clint Morgeson, Madison Polera

 

Date of sample:

May 23, 2017

 

Area(s) of river sampled:

East Arcadia

 

Boat ramp(s) used to access river:

Lock & Dam 1

 

Species (spp) information:

  • Spp. captured:

Striped Bass

 

  • Numbers by spp:

Striped Bass             4

 

  • Size range by spp:

Striped Bass16–20 in

 

  • Max size for spp:

Striped Bass20 in, 3.3lbs

 

  • Sex ratio by spp:

Striped Bass4 Females

 

  • Were the fish tagged?

Striped Bass were tagged with red or yellow external tags.

 

 

ADDITIONAL OBSERVATIONS:

River level and other water quality observations (turbidity, etc.):

The Cape Fear River was 79°F and fairly clear. Streamflow was 1,800 cfs at Lock & Dam 1 and rising.   

 

 

Weather conditions on sampling date?

70°F and rainy.

 

 

Your observations of other people fishing on the river:

No anglers were observed.

 

 

Comments to anglers about your sampling results, and fishing-related conclusions that can be drawn from your data:

Water temperatures are well above the tolerable level for American Shad and Striped Bass spawning and few fish were observed below Lock & Dam 1, signaling the end of the 2017 spawning season. Anglers will be shifting gears to pursue catfish, sunfish, and Largemouth Bass.