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Roanoke River Stripers -Facts
Striped Bass regulations for
the Roanoke River
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Size: 55,725 acres
Location: The coastal plain of northeastern North Carolina, in Bertie,
Halifax, Martin, Northampton, and Washington counties
The river supports an important fish community including striped
bass, river herring, and hickory shad.
Around late March and the beginning of April the
striped bass move into the lower Roanoke River around the highway
45 bridge. As the big girls make make their way up river to
spawn, their numbers and size steadily increase. Stripers move into
the Lower Roanoke in mid march. The Plymouth area near the Highway
45 bridge is best. The lower Cashie and Middle rivers are also crossed
by the highway 45 bridge and stripers can be found in both of these
Spring marches on and they advance up river to places
like Hamilton, Jamesville and Williamston. By mid april it striper
season and the upper reaches are seeing their numbers dramatically
increase. Places like Scotland Neck, halifax and Weldon and as
far north as Gaston in North Hampton County. Happy fishing. Practice
safe fishing and boating and remember to use circle hooks for lower
catch and release mortality.
Boating acess areas
How to Visit
Visitors to the river can hike, fish go birding, boating and hunting,
in the appropriate places, great fishing, and lots of birds. Canoeing
and kayaking are the best ways to see this area and its wildlife.
There are public boat landings at the river crossings on US 258,
downstream on US 17 at Williamston, and near the river mouth below
Plymouth on NC 45. The Cashie River, Devil's Gut, Gardner Creek,
and Conoho Creek offer great canoeing opportunities. SR 1417, Poplar
Point Road, provides access to Conoho Creek. The main channel of
the Roanoke River has a much stronger current than these streams.
To get to the stripers take I-95 to Roanoke
Rapids just south of the Virginia Border. Follow the road down through
Weldon to the river. The boat ramp is right there.
In the Roanoke River wading is not recommended
for safety reasons. It is big water with deep holes.
When the river is not in flood stage, you can walk into Conine Island
within the Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge. Heading north
out of Williamston on US 13/17, there are two pullouts on the east
side of the road where you can walk into Conine Island. At either
of these pullouts, you can park and walk past a gate about 3/4 mile
into the refuge. The roads are sometimes inaccessible because of
seasonal flooding, so call the refuge office at (252) 794-3808 for
the latest information about access.
For more information on the Roanoke River Canoe Trail, call Roanoke
River Partners at (252) 794-2793. Learn more about the Roanoke River.
The Roanoke River basin contains 9,580 square miles and over 400
miles of rivers, stretching from the foothills of the Blue Ridge
Mountains in Virginia in an east-southeast direction to the Albemarle
Sound near Plymouth, North Carolina. It includes the Roanoke, Dan,
Smith, Staunton, Banister, Hyco and Cashie Rivers and numerous other
rivers and streams.
The Basin includes municipalities such as Danville, Martinsville,
Bassett, Moneta, Rocky Mount, Brookneal, Altavista, Lawrenceville,
Chatham, Altavista, Roanoke, Salem, Halifax, South Boston and Clarksville
in Virginia; and Eden, Mayodan, Reidsville, Yanceyville, Roxboro,
Henderson, Warrenton, Littleton, Roanoke Rapids, Weldon, Jackson,
Rich Square, Scotland Neck, Hamilton, Jamesville, Williamston, Windsor
and Plymouth in North Carolina.
The Roanoke River Basin includes the several dams,
including: Kerr Dam, Hyco Dam, Mayo Dam, Gaston Dam, Roanoke Rapids
Dam, Smith Mountain Lake Dam, Leesville Dam and Philpott Dam and
several other impoundments of water. Kerr Dam Reservoir, constructed
in the early 1950s for flood control and hydroelectric power generation,
is the largest dam in the Roanoke basin system. It, along with upstream
Philpott Dam, is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Hyco Dam and Reservoir is a Carolina Power & Light project.
Smith Mountain and Leesville Dams and Reservoirs are operated by
American Electric Power Company. Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids
Dams and Reservoirs are operated by Virginia Electric Power Company.
The Corps of Engineers' operations at Kerr Dam and Reservoir and
VEPCO's operations at Gaston/Roanoke Rapids Dams and Reservoirs
are closely coordinated. The Corps also coordinates its operations
at the Kerr and Philpott projects.
Roanoke River water is generally
considered of good quality, though urban and agricultural runoff
are increasing problems. Hyco and Belews Lake retain health advisories
ror fish consumption for selenium, and Lake Gaston and Roanoke
Rapids Lake face problems with aquatic weeds. PCB contamination
has been found in the Staunton River and Dan River upstream of
Kerr Lake, resulting in health advisories for fish consumption.
Sediment is also a major concern in the basin.
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