Roanoke River Striper Fishing

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The Seasons:
Hickory shad kick the season off in March with fantastic light tackle and fly fishing. Striped bass arrive in early April.
Lower Roanoke / Albemarle Sound offers year-round opportunities at triple digit days. In the upper Roanoke the striper fishing peaks in mid-April and continues through late May, depending on water levels and temperatures.
Keeper season is typically March/April and October/November. Anglers are allowed 2 fish between 18 and 22 inches/person/day. One striper may be over 27 inches. May is catch and release only. There is usually excellent top water action in the late afternoons and early mornings of May.

Cost: Full days with bait: $800; Long Half days with bait: 6am - noon or 2pm - 8pm: $600. Discounts available for artificial lures / fly only

Our Boats: 19-22’ flat bottom skiffs and bay boats which comfortably fish 2-3 people.

License: A NC Freshwater fishing license is required. It can be purchased at most tackle shops, or call: 1-888-2HUNTFISH (888-248-6834).

Fly Fishing striped bass in North Carolina

Tackle: Spin: 8-12 lb. test. Baitcasting: 12-20 lb. test. Fly rods: 8 wts with a 350-450 grain sink tip line depending on water level. Top water action begins in May. Single barbless hooks are required. All conventional tackle is provided. A selection of flies are provided for the long rodders.

What to bring: Cooler w/drinks, sandwiches, rain gear, sunscreen. A fish cooler/plastic bags if you plan to keep any fish.

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Deposit Policy: To confirm reservations a $200 per boat/day deposit is due within 7 days. Deposits for reservations within 14 days must be secured immediately. Reservations not secured by deposits are subject to cancellation without notice. Deposits are not refundable, but are transferable if cancelled greater than 30 days from the date of the trip. 100% refunds for weather cancellations.


Fuel Surcharge: Does Not Apply to this fishery.