3/27 Roanoke River Fishing Report
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 the river.”
Check out the current river conditions at Williamston and Roanoke Rapids by visiting the Striped Bass Fishing page. You can also find other information on this page, such as boating access areas along the river and 2012 Striped Bass Regulations for the Roanoke River.
Boating anglers should remember that with water levels being so high, the river can be particularly treacherous because of dislodged limbs, logs and in some cases trees from up river locations. McCargo warns anglers to be on the lookout for these floating hazards and to wear their PFDs at all times.
American Shad Regulation Information
Within the inland waters of the Roanoke River and its tributaries, only one American (white) shad can be included in the daily limit of 10 shad per angler. Inland waters on the mainstem of the Roanoke River are upstream of the US Highway 258 Bridge near Scotland Neck.
For a downloadable, color pamphlet identifying the species of shad and herring found in North Carolina waters, click here.