The front half of May means one thing for us- Striper. The Roanoke River migration is at its peak as the fish begin to spawn in the upper reaches of the river around Weldon. We have had good success targeting these fish on both fly and light tackle. As the water warms and the spawn proceeds, we should be beginning to see our topwater fishing really ramp up. The next few weeks should provide some of the best fishing we see all year.
The Warm Water fishing has been on pause the last couple of weeks as we have been focusing primarily on the Striped Bass. Our attention will turn back to these fish over the next few weeks as our water levels stabilize. The back half of May brings with it great sight fishing opportunities for Gar and Bowfin as well as a good frog bite for Largemouth Bass. The late spring warm water fishing is some of my personal favorites and I am looking forward to showing more people this unique resource this year.
This is the homestretch of fishing before heading north to Bristol Bay, Alaska for another season with Tikchik Narrows Lodge. I have some openings for Warm Water and Striped Bass fishing over the next few weeks, after that the books will be closed until the end of September when we pick back up with our fall Largemouth program.