The spring fishing season is here a little early with some excellent recent catches of speckled trout. Despite cooler temperatures, the fishing has been good for the adventurous Inner Banks angler with anglers routinely encountering all 3 of our 4 mixed bag species (speckled trout, red drum, and striped bass) Although anglers will not likely encounter a feeding frenzy everyday due to water temperatures hovering in the high 40’s and low 50’s, the speckled trout are biting periodically on warmer days. Puppy drum are mixed in with the trout and are schooled up in higher salinity areas downriver near Swan Quarter and Hobucken. Seek and ye shall find!
The striper bite should heat up in the coming weeks as water temps warm and the fish congregate in the upper reaches of the Pamlico and lower reaches of the Tar to feed up before their spawning run in early April. If you find them, they will likely be ready to play ball, as they will be in feeding mode. Late March and early April should be the peak of the striper bite. Much of our resident stock will travel up to Tarboro and Rocky Mount to spawn by about the second week of April, so anglers might expect a brief period of slower fishing (although there will be some stragglers left behind). Expect the bite to heat back up around the second or third week of May as these fish return from upriver.