[Editor's Note: Updated March 2012]
As one of the most sought after game fishes in the state, striped bass have been thrilling anglers of all ages and skill levels for decades. Fortunately, North Carolina now boasts one of the best striped bass fisheries on the East Coast, with the restoration of the Albemarle Sound/Roanoke River striped bass population. Thanks to an aggressive striped bass management program initiated in the late 1980s, abundance of striped bass has increased from an historic low of 195,000 fish in 1988 to nearly 1 million fish today. Anglers, from all over, flock to northeastern North Carolina each spring to enjoy this world-class fishery.