Looks a little lower than last year when they were releasing 20,000 cfs from the dam and you could run straight up the river from the ramp. Hope the flow is good this year at e end of the season for our anual trip.
What can you put in at this ramp? I hear conflicting reports. I hear don't put in more than a jon boat then I hear people say they have striper fished on 24' center consoles there. I have a Sea Hunt Triton 186 with a 115. Anybody know what to expect ?
I helped a friend put in here last year, it is one of those places that you really need to know the river because of the underwater rocks nearby the ramp. And the ones in the picture are just some of the rocks to watch out for! Your best bet is to go with someone who knows the area first then attempt yourself. If your really adventurous you might talk to all the salty dogs on the ramp, watch a few boats launched and then make it a go yourself. When I went I was on a center console that was between 17 and 20 feet long ( I don't know exactly) but your right there were some pretty big boats out there.
By the time of the striper run they are releasing more water and you generally can't even see those rocks just downstream of the ramp. If you put in, just back straight up and then turn right (upstream) to pick up whoever is parking the truck; then go back to in front of the ramp, turn left (cross-river), and then head down stream favoring the left/middle and you should be ok. If the water is that low (in the pictures) when you go it would be pretty hairy and as others suggested . . . follow someone else.
I seen a pontoon house boat on the river when it was up, just about 100 yards downstream from the ramp. I assume thats where he put it in!! But anyway, we put in a bass boat. I seen Jon boats.. so pretty much all sizes of boats have been put in there. then again, thats when the water level was high. The ramp however, is about as steep as I have seen in this area. I have seen steeper in the north where the ground is rockier and the river levels arent as constant.
I have been using this ramp for about 10 years now, usually in April. The first couple of years I went with a guide. I certainly wouldn't venture upriver without someone who knew the area. There is also a launch closer to the Roanoke Rapids Lake dam on the north side of the river- Gaston, I believe. Has anyone ever used this ramp? How are the conditions? Seems like with dam being close the fish would stack up there.