Just finished up my last trips of the season for striped bass in Weldon, NC. It was a great fishing till the end of my second week. The mass of fish departed the spawning grounds a little early this year. That can happen, but the 15 years I have been fishing this run, this was the earliest I have seen the fish move back towards the sound. The early morning and evening topwater bite really turned on this week. Last Monday was the best topwater fishing I have ever seen. With cloud cover and spitting rain, my two anglers saw fish busting the surface like tunas for 3 hours. We had 25-30 doubles on poppers for three hours and who knows how many fish we landed. All I know is my hands got tore up from lipping and netting fish. It seemed like every 60 seconds I was landing one or two fish at a time. I will definitely be returning for the run in May 2020. I will set my dates at the turn of the year. There were some first ever striped bass caught on the fly, biggest, and most. I even had one angler catch stripers on the fly rod his first time ever using a fly rod.
It is dry and warm here in VA and its time to switch gears to smallmouth bass fishing. The rivers are looking great and the warm temps are warming the water temps. Streamer fishing will be good the next month and will make the switch to topwater mid to late June. I’m technically done guiding for trout till October. With the warming water temps fishing is best early morning but by late afternoon the trout will feel the stress of less oxygen in the water. Keep in mind if you want to fish for trout now that the air temps are over 80 degrees, fish early in the morning and release them quickly, unless of course your going to eat them.
I still have spots available for Summer smallmouth bass fishing, but mainly just weekdays. Don’t wait to long to get on the calendar. Last year my dates filled fast once Summer arrived.