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By NCWRC blogger on 5/10/2012 7:50 AM
Visit the Striped Bass Fishing page for more information on striped bass fishing in the Roanoke River.

The peak of the striped bass spawning season on the Roanoke River has likely passed, but plenty of fish remain on the spawning grounds and anglers are continuing to catch them.

Jeremy McCargo, Ben Ricks and Kevin Dockendorf, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, sampled the river on Tuesday and collected approximately 600 fish. As has been the case most of the season, McCargo reported that the fish were scattered from the boat ramp past Troublefield Gut. Although the majority of the sample was smaller fish, the stripers ranged in size from 12 inches through 36 inches and included female stripers that McCargo said were “fresh fish” meaning they had yet to spawn.

Catch-and- release fishing has been good since the harvest season closed at the end of...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/12/2012 8:41 AM
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...
By NCWRC blogger on 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.”

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 3/22/2012 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 3/15/2012 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...

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