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4/12 Roanoke River Fishing Report

Apr 12

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4/12/2012 8:41 AM  RssIcon

Visit the Striped Bass Fishing page for more information on striped bass fishing in the Roanoke River.

No matter where you’re fishing in the Roanoke River now, you can catch stripers. That’s the assessment coming from N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologists and creel clerks this week. From Plymouth to Jamesville to Williamston, even in Hamilton, and all the way up river to Weldon, anglers are catching stripers. Although not in large numbers yet, the fish are starting to move in to the spawning grounds at Weldon in greater numbers.

Fisheries biologists Jeremy McCargo and Ben Ricks sampled the river on Monday at Weldon, collecting about 150 striped bass. They collect stripers as part of an annual spawning stock monitoring survey, which starts in mid-March and lasts through mid-May. They count, measure and weigh the fish before returning them back to the river. Before they release the stripers, biologists with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) tag many of the fish with yellow tags.

This spawning stock monitoring is one of two research projects biologists are conducting on Roanoke River striped bass. The second project, a joint effort between the Commission, DMF and N.C. State University, is studying the striped bass migration patterns and mortality rates in the river. These fish are collected and tagged with red tags. In addition to the red tag, stripers tagged during this project also have a small sonic transmitter surgically implanted inside the fish. Click here for a poster with more information.

Anglers at Weldon reported catching two tagged fish on Monday, and McCargo is urging anglers to be on the look-out for fish with either yellow or red tags. Anglers who catch a striped bass with a yellow tag and return the tag or report the tag number to DMF can collect $5 or a fishing hat. Anglers who catch a striped bass with a red tag can collect $100 if they return the tag to NCSU researchers.

“We strongly encourage angler participation in these tagging programs,” McCargo said. “When anglers return these tags, it helps us collect the data necessary to manage striped bass populations more effectively. As a bonus, lucky anglers can get a little extra cash, too.”

Find out more about the two tagging projects, including how to submit tag information, here.


Safety Note


High flows following periods of low flow dislodge limbs, logs and in some cases, trees from up river locations.  Boaters should take extreme caution when traveling on the water and be on the look-out for these floating hazards!  Similarly, extreme low flows can expose rock outcroppings and make many areas too shallow to access. 

For additional safety measures, the Commission urges boaters to file a float plan before getting on the river. Filling out a float plan and giving it to a reliable person before you leave the ramp can be a life-saving decision.

Check out the North Carolina Boating Checklist to be sure you’re complying with on-the-water rules and safety recommendations.

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.

4 comment(s) so far...

Re: 4/12 Roanoke River Fishing Report

ya baby!!!gonna catch me some stripers!!!!

By Wesam on   4/13/2012 9:59 AM

Re: 4/12 Roanoke River Fishing Report

Fished in weldon on 4/12/2012 for about 10 hours and caught about 12 fish, using dead shad, live shad and minnows, fish were not there in great numbers yet obviously.

By j on   4/16/2012 9:51 PM

Re: 4/12 Roanoke River Fishing Report

fished this past sat and sunday caught 1 striped in 36 hrs there are some fish there but for some reason they just arent biteing good yet water temp was ranging from 60 to 62.8 fish in weldon all the way past powerline. no luck mabey they will turn on by this weekend.

By patrick on   4/17/2012 6:01 AM

Re: 4/12 Roanoke River Fishing Report

Fishing was getting better and better till the water level droped fish were being caught all the way up to Roanoke Rapids bridge now river flow is down and fishing in my opinion isn't even fair.I fished a rockfish tournament on April 14th and I think it was a 4lb 3oz fish that won big fish no fish over 27 inches.They keep say the fish are down river and coming yeah right and in 12 days no fish at all can be kept.Rockfish capital of the world and we are allowed roughly 3 weeks to keep fish what a joke!

By Tony Copeland on   4/18/2012 11:25 AM

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