Fisheries Biologists Keith Ashley and Tom Rachels sampled the Cape Fear River from their electrofishing boat on May 20 and 21, collecting a total of eight striped bass. They launched immediately below each of the three locks and dams on the Cape Fear River at Duart, Elizabethtown, and Riegelwood in Bladen County.
“With water temperatures running 73°F, this year’s spring fling is just about over,” Ashley said. “The spawning runs of American shad and striped bass have ended and this concludes our anadromous fish stock assessment sampling for 2013.”
During this last sampling effort, Ashley and Rachels captured three stripers at lock and dam 1 (1 male, 2 females), two stripers at lock and dam 2 (1 male; 1 juvenile), and two male striped bass and 1 juvenile at lock and dam 3. Size ranges for the stripers were 9-23 inches in length and .20 pound to 5 pounds in weight.
The striped bass were tagged and released into the river.
The weather was cloudy and but warm with air temps in the high 70s when Ashley and Rachels sampled the Cape Fear as part of their routine weekly striped bass spawning stock monitoring. The water flow was normal, and river discharge was around 1,920 cubic feet per second (CFS).
Ashley reported that there were no recreational boat anglers below lock and dam 1 or lock and dam 2 and only two boat anglers at lock and dam 3. There were four bank anglers at lock and dam 1, four at lock and dam 2 and two bank anglers at lock and dam 3.
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