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North Landing and Northwest Rivers - Fishing Opportunities

Anglers will find a wide variety of freshwater and brackish fish in North Landing and Northwest Rivers. Common fish in the rivers include largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, white perch, and white catfish. White catfish and white perch are more abundant in the main river, whereas bass and sunfish are more common in the tributaries. On the western shore, the Pocaty and Blackwater Creeks are good tributary streams for largemouth bass, bluegill, and pumpkinseed. On the east side, West Neck Creek is also a favorite hotspot for anglers. Both of these streams produce some big bass. Anglers on the North Landing River can also enjoy the resurgence of the striped bass along the Atlantic Coast. While trophy stripers are rare, smaller stripers (up to 10 pounds) have become fairly common in recent years at certain locations and time of the year.

White perch and yellow perch can be caught early in the year with citation-sized yellow perch common in the Northwest River. Largemouth bass can be caught using standard bass fishing techniques beginning in the spring and all throughout the summer months. Striped bass can be caught nearly year-round; however, the fall and winter months are the peak season. Buck tailed jigs and minnow imitating baits are your best bet to land a striper. Shad and herring run up into the river in the spring in search of suitable spawning areas.

Boaters be cautious when traveling or fishing along the intra-coastal waterway. Large pleasure boats commonly pass along this route throwing wakes which could be hazardous to boaters in small watercraft. One note for fishermen and boaters, the swing bridge at Mt. Pleasant Road opens on the hour and on the half-hour so time your trips accordingly.