Neuse River Coastal Rivers Fisheries Report
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Neuse River Fisheries Report - May 18, 2017



River sampled:


Neuse River


Fisheries Biologists conducting sampling:


Ben Ricks, Kelsey Lincoln, Bennett Wynne


Date of sample:


5/16/17 – 5/17/17


Boat ramp(s) used to access river, Area(s) of river sampled, and water temps:


Ferry Bridge BAA, Goldsboro, NC 70°F

Anderson Point BAA, Raleigh, NC 70°F

HWY 117 BAA, Goldsboro, NC 70°F


Species (spp) information:

  • Species and number captured:


Goldsboro (Ferry Bridge): American Shad (2)

Raleigh: American Shad (59) Striped Bass (12)

Goldsboro (HWY 117): Striped Bass (15)


  • Size range by spp:


American Shad: 15-21 inches

Striped Bass: 16-28 inches


  • Max size for spp:


American Shad: 2 pounds

Striped Bass: 8 pounds


  • Sex ratio by spp:


American Shad: 5.75:1

Striped Bass: 1.9:1


  • Were the fish tagged?    


21 Striped Bass were tagged




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


The Neuse River water levels and flow remained high in some areas. The water was slightly turbid. Significantly warmer air temperatures caused the water temperatures to increase about three degrees from last week.


Weather conditions on sampling date?


Sunny; 85°F - 90°F


Your observations of other people fishing on the river:


There were a few bank anglers near Milburnie Dam. Boat access areas have, for the most part, returned to normal; however, no boat anglers were observed.


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


Catch rates for Striped Bass have decreased in all locations as the end of their spawning run approaches. Some Striped Bass were concentrating downstream of Milburnie Dam and near the low head dam near the HWY 117 BAA. American Shad abundances have dropped off in Goldsboro; however, catch rates near Milburnie Dam remained the same as last week. Fish will likely remain in these areas until the river flow decreases and water levels drop.