Cross Point boat ramps reopen Friday

CorrespondentMay 1, 2013 

Four new boat ramps with floating docks are among the upgrades that await bass fishermen on Friday with the reopening of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Cross Point Landing Boating and Fishing Access Area on Harris Lake, the popular bass fishery in New Hill.

The commission and Duke Energy, which owns the lake, plan to conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

The renovation work replaced two boat ramps with four ramps that feature floating docks, the commission said in a news release. A floating fishing pier and a floating courtesy dock are included. The newly paved parking lot has 17 spaces for single vehicles and 124 spaces for vehicles with trailers. The site’s accessibility meets Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Funding came from boat registration fees and Sport Fish Restoration Program funds, the commission said.

Roanoke striper season ends: Harvest season for striped bass in the Roanoke River Striped Bass Management Area ended on Tuesday. Striper fishing is now catch-and-release on the Roanoke and its tributaries from the Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam to the mouth of the river at Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

Through June 30, upstream from the U.S. 258 bridge near Scotland Neck, anglers may use only a single barbless hook or a single hook with the barb bent down.

For more information, contact the wildlife commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries at 919-707-0220 or go to www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.

A whopper striper: Be sure to check out the wildlife commission’s Facebook page for fishing updates, including photos from sampling outings such as the one that produced a 55.1-pound striped bass on April 22. A commission fisheries crew collected, measured and released the 49.98-inch female bass on the Roanoke River near Weldon.

Deer camp this weekend: It’s not too late to sign up for the Cape Fear River Branch QDMA Hunter Education Mentoring Program’s Deer Camp. Youths and adults new to hunting will learn through hands-on field experience, interactive instruction and simulated hunts with cameras Saturday and Sunday at Drake Landing in Fuquay-Varina.

The fee is $125 for adults and $100 for youths under 18, who must be accompanied by an adult. QDMA membership, a reference guide, range time and meals, including a wild-game supper, are included.

For information, call Drake Landing at 919-552-9455, or contact Cape Fear QDMA at 919-552-9449 or info@capefearriverbranchqdma.org.

Legislative watch: A bill in the state General Assembly would create a fund to reward people who help convict poachers.

House Bill 936, the Wildlife Poacher Reward Fund, would offer rewards to people who provide information to law enforcement that results in the arrest and conviction of people in the illegal taking of wildlife.

The N.C. Camo Coalition, a program of the N.C. Wildlife Federation, supports the legislation and has posted an Action Alert at www.nccamo.org.

Follow the bill at www.ncleg.net.

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