Make Your Next Big Catch at One of These Roanoke Rapids Fishing Spots

June 14th, 2018 by

Fishing is a great way to get rid of stress. Luckily, Roanoke Rapids has a ton of fishing holes where you can relax and cast your line. Check out one of these fishing spots around Roanoke Rapids, and with some luck, maybe you will land a lunker.

Roanoke River
Every year from early April until mid-May marks the striped bass season in the Roanoke River. The bass start their spawning run from the Atlantic Ocean and travel all the way upstream until they are stopped by the Roanoke Rapids Dam. You can fish right off the shore below the dam or off a boat if you have access to one.

Fishery researchers estimate that over 3 million fish make the yearly run, making it a perfect chance to catch a lot of fish. Local guides suggest using bait that is retrieved aggressively at a depth of two to three feet.

Roanoke Rapids Lake
Roanoke Rapids Lake is located just west of Roanoke Rapids and is the place to go if you don’t care what you catch. The lake itself has close to 5,000 acres of surface water and is loaded with a variety of fish species. You can catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, and white perch, among many others. The lake is known for its striped bass fishing in the fall. The lake has multiple boat launches and marinas if you have a boat, or you can fish from the miles of shoreline.

John H. Kerr Reservoir
If you are into largemouth bass fishing, Kerr Lake is the place for you to be, since it is home to one of the country’s best largemouth bass fisheries. Most bass range from 2 to 4 pounds, and the lake even has some trophy 8-pound fish. The best areas to fish for largemouth are in the upper part of the reservoir, where there is a ton of cover for fish. The striped bass population in the lake is also starting to grow, with the best fishing also found in the upper areas of the lake and around the dam.

John H. Kerr Reservoir is also an excellent location to catch crappie, which is best done from February through April. You will have the best luck for crappie around the Butcher, Grassy, Buffalo, and Bluestone Creek areas.

Lake Gaston
Just like every other lake around Roanoke Rapids, Lake Gaston is no exception to having excellent bass fishing. Try fishing around the boat docks or the large areas of lily pads. The lake is also full of channel catfish, blue catfish, bluegill, chain pickerel, white bass, walleye, and crappie. You have the chance of hooking fish all day, with the lake having some of the largest fish populations in the area.

Take a drive to one of these fishing spots after work or on the weekend and enjoy the peace and quiet. Any of these spots will have most fish you are trying to catch.

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