We left them biting very well on the Roanoke last Thursday, and the bite has been good while I was gone. Despite some scattered rain in the forecast, the temperature seems mild and plenty fishable most days. The river was starting to drop and now it’s coming back up. Based on a few inches of snowfall in the foothills of VA and rain we’ve had, I expect next weeks declaration from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dominion Power should keep the water flowing pretty nicely out of the dam at Roanoke Rapids Lake. We should see excellent striped bass fishing on the lower end at least through the near future.
The shad bite has been steadily improving, and we should see some great fishing in the next week or two. I’m not sure how the rain will affect river levels and fishing in some areas. I expect in a few areas it may improve it and in others not so much. On any days I’m not guiding for stripers, I’ll be either running shad trips or shad fishing on my own. Stay tuned for future reports. I’ll have something posted soon.
March is always a very fine month for fishing, and I usually get full. Book your dates while you can.
Here’s what I have open: Feb. 26, Mar. 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19, 26, 27
All I can say about the Exumas is if you haven’t been, you should go. It has a low level of tourism, so it has the critical mass to support tourists but it’s definitely not too touristy or too commercial. The water is the prettiest I’ve seen anywhere in the Bahamas, the bonefishing is excellent, and there is plenty more to do other than fish. It’s a great destination for travelling fishermen or to take your family and children. It would be a great destination for a hosted trip. Maybe in the near future, I can plan such an offering.