View Full Version : Sunday Shutout at the Upper Neuse

04-15-2007, 10:46 PM
I set out to take the kayak over to Beaverdam this afternoon, feeling like my computer vs fishing time balance was way off and thinking the storms had passed. Made a quick check of the radar and saw that this plan was horribly doomed. Switched up & drove down to the Neuse below Falls Dam. Thought I'd try to rock hop out to d-el's rock (http://www.ncangler.com/forums/f39/4-7-07-upper-neuse-river-2949.html) & harass some crappies. Spent the first 30 mins in the truck at the canoe launch waiting out a deluge. Got out when it let up, but it didn't let up for long - was drenched before I made the first cast. River was running a little too strong & cold to get out into the middle so I wound up fishing this little spot on the southernmost fork (see if this google my maps stuff works):

Upper Neuse 4/16 (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&om=0&z=19&t=h&msid=103551594759590631072.00000111f820bc88f07eb&msa=0)

Nice enough little hole where that fork takes a hard swing to the left and the water is a bit calm, but not a fish to be had in about an hour of casting beetle spins & road runners. Saw one guy about 50 yds upstream pull in a small cat.

Tip1: trees aren't leafed out enough yet to shed much rain. (getting better every day)

Tip2: the walk along the shoreline upstream from the canoe launch is a poison ivy breeding ground. (getting worse every day)

04-16-2007, 10:16 PM
Wow, you were brave to go out on Sunday!

This past weekend the river seemed to be turned up a few notches. I meant to share this site with you.
USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 02087183 NEUSE RIVER NEAR FALLS, NC (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/uv?02087183)

That will show you how much water is flowing in the area around Falls dam. As you can see, last weekend it was down around 150cfs. This past weekend it was up around 650cfs. In other words, d-el's crappie hotspot rock was under water :(

I fished the banks a little this past weekend, and got shut out myself. The crappie seem to be a little dormant from the cold weather. I saw some other guys catch a few on live minnows though.

04-16-2007, 10:17 PM
And great use of the google maps!