Fishing for Striped Bass on the Roanoke River - Questions & Answers

[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.

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Striped Bass Fishing Information
General information about striped bass fishing.

Fishing for Striped Bass on the Roanoke River
Boating access areas, local accommodations, bait and tackle guidelinnes and more information updated for the 2012 season.

Striped Bass Fishing Access Areas on Roanoke River, NC
Click here for an interactive map of Commission-owned Roanoke River boating access areas. The map contains information about the access areas as well as detailed directions and pictures.

Frequently Asked Questions about Striped Bass
Fisheries biologists answer some frequently asked questions about striped bass stocks and striped bass fishing in general

Electrofishing for Striped Bass on the Roanoke River   

This 3-minute video offers a look at how Commission fisheries biologists collect, weigh, measure and sometimes tag striped bass to collect data on this reowned fishery.

Striped Bass Regulations  (PDF)

Shad and Herring Identification Guide (PDF)

Releasing Striped Bass Safely Information Card (PDF)

How to Measure a Fish (PDF)