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By NCWRC blogger on 3/29/2012 8:03 AM
Visit the Striped Bass Fishing page for more information on striped bass fishing in the Roanoke River.

The fishing activity and effort on the Roanoke River this week remain relatively the same as in the previous two weeks: still plenty of shad at the Weldon and Edwards Ferry boat ramps for both bank and boat anglers with a few striped bass showing up at the spawning grounds in Weldon. The majority of stripers, however, are still in the lower river, down around Plymouth and Williamston.

About the only difference in the report this week is the water flow. It’s up, way up.

That’s according to Jeremy McCargo, fisheries biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission who attributes the higher water flows with the recent heavy rains. “Flows have increased dramatically from what they have been since the striper season opened,” McCargo said. “And higher water flows can certainly influence fishing on...
By NCWRC blogger on 3/26/2012 9:21 AM
Consider it Hunger Games training, without the peril.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer two free weeklong day camps for teens, ages 13-17, this summer at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The first camp, “Becoming an Outdoors Diva,” is for girls only, on June 25-29, and modeled on the popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program for adult women.

The second, “Camp-Outdoor-Rageous,” is for boys and girls, on July 9-13.

Both camps build self-reliance while teaching outdoor skills and conservation. Activities take place on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University and Lake Raleigh. The daily camp times are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Teens must apply...
By NCWRC blogger on 3/22/2012 8:46 AM
This week’s fishing report from the Roanoke River sounds a lot like last week’s report. Hickory shad are still up at Weldon in fairly big numbers, lots of spawning activity is being observed and boat and bank anglers are catching and releasing plenty of shad. Anglers fishing from the Edward’s Ferry BAA near Scotland Neck are also reporting good shad catches. Striped bass are in the lower river still. Jeremy McCargo, a fisheries biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and creel clerks at Plymouth, Jamesville and Williamston, report catches of striped bass continue to be sporadic but appear to be picking up. 

And finally, water flows at Weldon are still quite low so anglers should be cautious when launching their boats and navigating the river – and always wear their PFDs when on the water.

If you get a chance, check out our updated “Striped Bass Fishing Guide for the Roanoke River”...
By NCWRC blogger on 3/21/2012 11:14 AM
The dreaded Tax Day is fast approaching — April 17 this year.

But you don’t have to get too down about Tax Day. Dispel depression and alleviate anxiety you may feel about April 17 by donating to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund this year. We promise — you will feel so much better about Tax Day after making a donation on line 28 of your N.C. State Income tax form.

That’s because your donation will be supporting projects and programs that benefit nongame and endangered wildlife in North Carolina, as well as funding educational activities and watchable wildlife projects like the North Carolina Birding Trail.

Even better, every dollar in tax donations given to the fund is matched with federal money and other grants, so your donated dollars actually count twice. For example, if you make a $50 donation, the nongame and endangered...
By NCWRC blogger on 3/16/2012 9:29 AM
As warm weather returns, boating season begins. Before taking your boat or personal watercraft out for the first time this year, be prepared. Wildlife officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission say a few minutes inspecting equipment and getting familiar with regulations can help you avoid getting a ticket or, even more importantly, help prevent possible injury or hours of distress.

“We’re all anxious to get on the water and have fun,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, state boating safety coordinator. “But first, make sure the right gear is onboard and that everything works, especially if the boat has been in storage. And once you’re out there, be careful as you get into the swing of things. This time of year, air temperatures are warm but water temps are...
By NCWRC blogger on 3/15/2012 3:04 PM
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be among the exhibitors at the Fourth Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, March 16-18, in the Wilmington Convention Center at 515 Nutt Street in downtown Wilmington.

The Wildlife Expo features outdoor exhibits and demonstrations on hunting, fishing and boating, as well as camping, wildlife art and more.

The Commission’s contributions to the Expo will consist of fish-and-game exhibits and activities with youth- and family-oriented themes, including:

·         A simulated waterfowl hunt called “Mallard Madness” that features laser shot;

·         A Huntmaster mobile lift demonstration to illustrate how the Commission helps provide hunting opportunities for sportsmen and women who are mobility impaired;

·         A magazine display where visitors can subscribe to the award-winning Wildlife in North Carolina magazine;

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By NCWRC blogger on 3/15/2012 7:57 AM
It’s been a long winter, but at last, the striped bass season on the Roanoke River is open. And boy, what a season it should be! Hickory shad fishing on the Roanoke River is already in high gear with spawning of shad already being observed at Weldon. And of course, striped bass fishing, which is what makes the river so renowned, will be heating up soon.

As in years’ past, N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff will provide weekly fishing reports based on sampling results from the Roanoke River at Weldon and creel surveys conducted throughout the river. The fishing report will be posted here on the Commission’s new Conserve & Protect blog every Thursday morning starting today through around mid-May. Be sure to check out our updated “Striped Bass Fishing Guide for the Roanoke River” page, where you will find loads of information about boating access areas along the river, bait and tackle recommendations,...
By NCWRC blogger on 3/8/2012 2:26 PM
As most of you reading this fishing blog already know, striped bass season on the Roanoke River is now under way.

The official Roanoke River fishing report will begin next week and will be posted here, on the Conserve & Protect blog, each week on Thursday mornings until the last of the stripers have headed back downriver to Albemarle Sound and the ocean — usually sometime around mid-May but perhaps earlier this year because of the mild weather. In fact, because of the relatively mild and dry winter North Carolina has experienced, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission expect stripers — and hickory and American shad for that matter — to be at Weldon earlier than they have been in recent years.

Jeremy McCargo, the biologist who leads the agency’s striped bass sampling effort on the Roanoke River, will be providing most of the information...
By NCWRC blogger on 3/1/2012 4:28 PM
Made the call to the bullpen. Got the Wildlife Commission’s writer of the Roanoke River fishing report warming up.

The weekly fishing reports will begin next week and will be posted within the Commission’s “Conserve & Protect” blog.

Meanwhile, if you have time this week to head up to Weldon, the shad fishing is heating up, according to Bobby Colston, owner of Colston’s Tackle Box on Highway 48 near Gaston.

“They’re catching shad pretty good right now,” Colston said. “They’ve actually been catching shad off and on for about two weeks, but the fishing’s been getting better and it’s pretty steady this week.”

 Colston said most of the anglers he’s talked to have been fishing from the shore. 

 “The water is low and everybody is fishing from the bank near the [Weldon] boat ramp,” he said.

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