4/05 Roanoke River Fishing Report
4/4/2012 10:57 AM
Visit the Striped Bass Fishing page for more information on striped bass fishing in the Roanoke River.
“The best is yet to come.”
That’s Jeremy McCargo, fisheries biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, referring to striped bass fishing on the Roanoke River for this first week of April. While anglers are catching a few stripers on the spawning grounds at Weldon, they’re not catching them in big numbers. At least not yet — in Weldon. However, down around Plymouth, Jamesville and Williamston, anglers are catching fish in good numbers. Creel clerks, Pete Kornegay and Frank McBride, report measuring some nice catches this week and anticipate seeing more as we head into a long, holiday weekend.
McCargo, along with fellow Commission biologists Ben Ricks and Kevin Dockendorf, sampled the river on Monday at Weldon, collecting about 30 stripers. While that number is pretty low, it’s normal for this time of the year. According to McCargo, the catch rate for stripers at Weldon usually increases about the second week in April. And despite a relatively warm winter and warm water temperatures in March that practically promised an early and short striper season, McCargo says that with the recent high water levels and a couple of cool fronts rolling through, water temps have cooled a few degrees and are “about where they typically are most years.” McCargo also added, “as water temperatures begin to rise again, the stripers should start showing up in better numbers at Weldon.”
Hickory shad are still in the upper river, and some anglers are reporting nice catches. For others, the fishing — or rather the catching — is going pretty slow, mainly because of the water levels, which continue to be higher than normal.
Speaking of which, if you’re headed to the Roanoke this weekend, check out the current river conditions at Williamston, Roanoke Rapids and other locations by visiting the Striped Bass Fishing page. You can check the website from your computer or you can now access this information easily and quickly from your smart phone, tablet or other mobile device, using the Commission’s new mobile site, which went live on Monday. Just plug in ncwildlife.org into your mobile device and you’ll be automatically redirected to the mobile site.
Also keep in mind that if you’re on the water, with the water levels being so high, fishing from a boatcan be treacherous so be safe out there. The swift current can easily swamp or capsize a boat in a matter of seconds. Also, look out for floating hazards, such as dislodged limbs, logs and trees and ALWAYS wear your PFD.
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.
1 comment(s) so far...
By red fish on
4/5/2012 11:19 AM
Re: 4/05 Roanoke River Fishing Report
why not just add reports each week to the other page. why lose this report in a blog? the old way all the stuff was together.