The striper fishing in Weldon has remained steady with 20-40 fish half day trips being the norm. Occasionally we will beat that mark when the artificial bite really fires off. We’ve been catching plenty of fish on fly, jigs, and topwater despite the water temps still hovering in the high 50’s and low 60’s. According to our fish biologists, the magic number for the spawn is 66, with most of the spawning activity occuring when the water temp is between 66 and 68 degrees F. Virtually none of the fish have spawned yet. Their bellys are still fat with roe and milt. As this cooler weather finally breaks and we get to start wearing shorts like we normally do this time of year, the fish are going to know it and start doing what they came to Weldon to do. I have a sneaking suspicion that the best of the fishing has yet to come.
As a result of the late spawn this year, we will be extending our Weldon season into late May. Here are my remaining open dates. Get you one before they are gone. If you have kids that you want to take fishing, there will not be any better time and place to put them on some steady action and great memories!
May 13-15, 18(pm), 21, 23, 28-30, 31(pm)
Just let me know if any of those work and we can hook you up. If the stripers leave before any of the above dates, we can always catch some speckles on the Pamlico.