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Old 03-13-2020, 06:16 PM
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Anyone had any luck. Fished Jamesville this afternoon with nothing to show for. Assuming they have moved up the river further west by now with the warmer weather.
Old 03-14-2020, 04:56 PM
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Caught about 15 today and a few catfish. Fished between Williamston and Hamilton. Lots of 17-19 class fish a couple nicer ones.

People we’re having luck with herring and shad both

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No luck at Weldon Monday. But the Shad bate was HOT!
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This has been the best rock season in the roanoke I have fished in a while, have been multiple times and caught at least 10 every trip, including some nice sized ones. Feels great fishing on the same river with my son that I grew up fishing with my dad on since I was a little boy. We caught about 20 yesterday

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Originally Posted by Russ1331 View Post
This has been the best rock season in the roanoke I have fished in a while, have been multiple times and caught at least 10 every trip, including some nice sized ones. Feels great fishing on the same river with my son that I grew up fishing with my dad on since I was a little boy. We caught about 20 yesterday
nice! I’m in SC on Lake Murray thinking about going up the river to try my luck on some stripers. Were y’all trolling live bait or what? Whatever you were doing must be working!
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How are you catching them? Minnow/shad on a Carolina rig or casting lures? I used to go yearly but haven't been in over 5 yrs. We always cast flukes on a 1/4 oz jighead. Our best day with 3 guys fishing sun-up til around noon was 160 fish boated.
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This time of year when they are on the way to spawn we fish for them on the bottom with a carolina rig with herring from Roanoke Sportsman in Williamston. Have never heard of anyone catching those kinds of numbers in this part of the Roanoke this time of year, but have up near weldon. On the way back down from spawn you can catch them top water throwing anything that moves it feels like , but the season is already over then and you have to throw them back.

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Don't mean to high jack the thread but at what point up the river do rocks become an issue? I guess another way to put the question is how far up the river towards Weldon can someone unfamiliar with the river go without serious concern?
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Don't mean to high jack the thread but at what point up the river do rocks become an issue? I guess another way to put the question is how far up the river towards Weldon can someone unfamiliar with the river go without serious concern?
Above the ramp at Weldon are some bad rocks. They keep the water high this time of year so below the ramp is not so bad. But, you can still find a few if you are not careful. If you are good at reading current, should be no problem.
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That 160 number was at Weldon. I don't recall the particular safe flow numbers as it relates to water depth around Weldon but I've seen 4' and over 30' there. When it's deep enough (and no visible rocks from the ramp) we've done very well upstream of the ramp in past yrs.
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Originally Posted by botoxrider View Post
Don't mean to high jack the thread but at what point up the river do rocks become an issue? I guess another way to put the question is how far up the river towards Weldon can someone unfamiliar with the river go without serious concern?
The rocks are really only a big issue once around Weldon. And usually during this time of the year there is enough water coming from Roanoke Rapids lake that you have some wiggle room. I will hijack these pics someone posted on another site about the common areas at Weldon where you can hit rocks. As another poster said above, be sure to keep your eyes on the river current and you can avoid most of this stuff. The main area with rocks is around the ramp. There are a few other ones down river and also a sandbar. The first image is a little downriver from the ramp at Weldon where the river "comes together". This big rock that you see if affectionately known as the "big rock". The second image has the boat ramp in the upper left part of the screen and highlights the way down. These images are a few years old but I don't think the rocks have moved. Be sure to take a straight line from the ramp to across the river if the water level is low. There are also a lot of guides there this time of year and you can see how they navigate.




And also be sure to start your engine before you unhook from your trailer. Seen plenty of guys just push off without starting the engine and float down river.

Downriver near Jamesville is a really pretty area as well. It is also the snakiest area on this planet once you get into the creeks off the main river. Good job on the OP getting your son on some fish!
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I appreciate the quick replies and great information!
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