Roanoke River striped bass harvest ends today

Roanoke River
The harvest season on Roanoke River stripers ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. (photo courtesy of Capt. Ponytail Guide Service)

The harvest season ends tonight at 11:59 p.m.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds anglers that the entire Roanoke River Management Area will close to striped bass harvest at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, as scheduled by rule. The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

From April 1 through June 30, anglers are required to use a single barbless hook or a lure with a single barbless hook when fishing in the upper Roanoke River. The upper Roanoke River is defined as the main river channel and all tributaries, upstream from the U.S. Highway 258 Bridge near Scotland Neck to Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the sales counter at the Wildlife Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh is closed. We encourage the public to visit our website, www.ncwildlife.org, to purchase fishing, trapping and hunting licenses and to renew a vessel registration. The Commission’s License, Vessel Registration, and Wildlife Helpline Call Centers are open from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. For the most up-to-date information on agency-related closures, cancellations and postponements visit ncwildlife.org/covid19.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing or call the agency’s Inland Fisheries Division, 919-707-0220.

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