As I write this, I’m sitting on the banks of the Watauga River in Valle Crucis with my family on a short vacation before Weldon. The stocked trout are biting well and I caught some pretty wild fish in some of the local streams. Fishing is a big part of my life, and I enjoy fishing when I’m not guiding, especially something I don’t get to do very often.
Our shad season was excellent. If you really want to get serious about shad fishing and take advantage of all that Eastern NC has to offer over the entire duration of the shad migration, you should fish different rivers. That’s exactly what we did, and we are looking forward to expanding those options even further next year. I did more shad trips this year than any previous season, and our shad business is continuing to grow each year. We starting out on the Neuse about the middle of February. The early season fishing was great. We then moved to the Tar River above Greenville and the fishing was also very good with water conditions low and clear. We had lots of 50-100 fish days. With some spring rains, the water levels in the Tar came up and the river became more turbid, slowing the bite. As this happened, the fish started showing really well on the Roanoke in Weldon. The water was super low and clear, and the fishing was as good as it gets. By taking advantage of all 3 of our major shad rivers in my region of the state, we had consistently good fishing and were able to showcase a wide variety of beautiful eastern river settings.
When I get back tomorrow, I have a few trips scheduled for the lower rivers for stripers. I’ll be starting in Weldon on April 10. As of now, the last three openings I have for the spring striper season in Weldon are the morning of Apr. 24, the afternoon of May 14 and the afternoon of May 18. Any takers? That’s my favorite time of the season, and fishing is typically off the charts. There are some smaller fish in Weldon now, and more will be coming each day. We are looking forward to a great season with many wonderful clients.
Here are a few picture from our last week of shad season: