Cape Fear River

Details

Location:
Southport, NC
United States United States
Coordinates:
33.8854, -78.0128
Distance:
202 Miles
Description:

The Cape Fear River is a 202 miles (325 km) long blackwater river in east central North Carolina in the United States. It flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Fear, from which it takes its name. It is formed at Haywood, near the county line between Lee and Chatham counties, by the confluence of the Deep and Haw rivers just below Jordan Lake. It flows southeast past Lillington, Fayetteville, and Elizabethtown, then receives the Black River approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Wilmington. At Wilmington, it receives the Northeast Cape Fear River and Brunswick River, turns south, widening as an estuary and entering the Atlantic approximately 3 miles (5 km) west of Cape Fear.Today the river is navigable as far as Fayetteville through a series of locks and dams. The estuary of the river furnishes a segment of the route of the Intracoastal Waterway.Light tackle inshore fishing with bait and artificials in the River can produce some awesome catches with double digit flounder, bull reds and gator trout the results.

Cover/Structure:

Shallows and the deep holes

Tips/Tactics:

Light tackle inshore fishing with bait and artificials in the River can produce some awesome catches with double digit flounder, bull reds and gator trout the results.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Power Boats Allowed, Shore fishing access, Fly Fishing, Floating, Bait shop on site
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Fishing Reports

Capt. Rick Bennett-Rod-Man Charters
over 2 years ago (02/02/2012)

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 02.02.12

Hi Folks, This is an unusual mid-winter fishing report. It’s mid-winter, but it feels like early spring and the fishing inshore is HOT! Here we go: We’ll start in the Cape Fear River with nice catches of stripers in the 3 to 14 pound range. They are hitting DOA soft plastics rigged weedless and shallow running crankbaits. Trout are hitting as well in the river on ¼ oz. lead heads and pink or chartreuse grubs. Best bite is on the falling tide. In the lower...
Cape Fear Guide Capt.Mike Dennis
about 3 years ago (09/09/2011)

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 09.09.11

North Carolina fall fishing has started to improve with the arrival of large schools of finger mullet running the banks of Cape Creek.Fished this past weekend first stop yielded a slot red drum with in the first three minutes of fishing.Making several more stops along the banks of Cape Creek bite continued to be good,everyone onboard landed several slot size red drum.     Capt.Mike Dennis Cape Fear Guide www.capefear-guide.com      ...
about 3 years ago (09/07/2011)

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 09.07.11

NC fall fishing has started with the arrival of big schools of finger mullet along the waterways and creeks,the cooling of the water temperture has started the red drum bite.     Fished this past weekend caught several slot size red drum on live bait.   Capt.Mike Dennis Cape Fear Guide www.capefear-guide.com      ...
Cape Fear Guide Capt.Mike Dennis
about 4 years ago (09/02/2010)

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 09.02.10

Bald Head Island has been producing some excellant inshore fishing this past week in the afternoons. Red drum bite has improved daily.     Rising tide around the oyster beds has been the key,along with live bait on carolina rigs.   Flounders seemed to at the mouths of the small feeder creeks,along with a few speckle trout,fall fishing is on the way!       Capt.Mike Dennis   910-619-0928 Cape Fear Guide www.capefear-guide.com...

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 08.25.10

Hi Folks,     Yes it is still hot and yes the fish are still biting. A little harder to find and a little picky, but they are there…waiting for your rod to sing. We have had good luck inshore and near shore as well.   Now here’s my report:   Inshore: Flounder are biting in most places including the river, hitting live bait and mostly in the rising tide. Reds are just the opposite…biting on the falling tide mostly and playing a little hide and seek.  ...
Cape Fear Guide Capt.Mike Dennis
over 4 years ago (06/09/2010)

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 06.09.10

    Red drum fishing on the Cape Fear River is steadily improving with the arrival of more bait,equals more red drum.I fished yesterday on June 6, 2010 wind was blowing out of the southwest 20 - 25 knots. it was really tough just trying to get the anchor to hold.   Windy conditions made fishing tough,but with persistent casting we caught some really good size red drum.   Capt.Mike Dennis   Cape Fear Guide 210 Peninsuala Drive Carolina Beach,N....

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 05.20.10

Hi Folks,   It’s all biting….the fish that is. This week we have caught spanish, flounder and blues and reds. Cobia are in the area. Big schools of bait are around. And water temps couldn’t be better. It adds up to a great fishing experience.   Now here’s my report:   Inshore: The flounder have shown up and we caught some nice ones although one huge one did get away. Live bait is available and that is what the flounder like. Reds are around too and the will eat l...
Capt. Brent Stanley / Current Adventure Charters
almost 5 years ago (11/18/2009)

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 11.18.09

The wedding is over-it’s back to fishing November 11th, 2009 As many of you know, I got married on Oct 10 and spent the next two weeks in Hawaii. While there, I spent one day Marlin fishing out of Kona. I didn’t catch my marlin, but I did get hooked up with an approx. 400+lb Blue Marlin. My wife and I were on the bridge with the first mate when I saw the big blue crash the short left rigging and begin dumping a 130!!! It was very exciting but after about 1/2hour, the hooks p...
Capt.Mike Dennis/Cape Fear Guide
about 5 years ago (10/05/2009)

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 10.05.09

Cape Fear River Report The Cape Fear Guide is reporting that the red drum bite is steady in the creeks just off the river, fishing yesterday proved to be one of the best bites of the season. Carolina rigs baited with finger mullet was the bait of choice, every spot selected yielded a couple of slot size red drum. Danny Redman of Charlotte,N.C. was on-board with Capt.Mike Dennis, all fish were released except for one, that was kept for dinner. Capt.Mike Dennis Cape Fear Guide 210 Penins...
about 5 years ago (08/26/2009)

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 08.26.09

Lower Cape Fear River Report Speckle trout bite has started in the Cape Fear River,in N.C. I am catching trout every charter the bite is not real strong yet  but I expected the numbers to increase in the upcoming days. Method of fishing,anchoring up, casting live finger mullet on carolina rigs, has been the most successfull. Cape Fear Guide - 910-619-0928 - Capt.Mike@charter.net...
Capt. Rick Bennett
almost 6 years ago (12/10/2008)

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 12.10.08

Hi Folks, Wow, what wild weather we are having. Yesterday at 4:30 AM it was 36 and by 6:30 AM it was 63! And we caught fish! Here's my abbreviated report:Inshore Fishing: Trout, trout and more trout.... Specks are biting very well. We have been having nice catches of specks in the river, the inlets and creeks. My favorite bait this year (and it seems it changes form year to year) has been the Bass Assassin "Space Guppy" split tail and paddle tail, fished on a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce lead he...
Capt. Rick Bennett
almost 6 years ago (10/22/2008)

Cape Fear River Fishing Report 10.22.08

Hi Folks, We are in full swing with fall fishing. The trout bite has been on fire, the flounder are BIG and the reds are sporadic. When the fish adjust to our first really cool snap, fishing should explode.Now here's my report: Inshore: Trout fishing is fantastic. While fishing with Wayne and Dave during the Cape Fear Red-Trout Tournament we caught 13 trout and had a nice surprise of a 5.25 pound flounder...all on artificials. We were pretty high on the leader board but for several reasons, in...

Fish

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Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)

848
Redfish-3

Drum, Red (Saltwater) (Sciaenops ocellatus)

466
Floundersummer-186-sw

Flounder, Summer (Paralichthys dentatus)

228
Troutspeckled-240-sw

Trout, Speckled (Cynoscion nebulosus)

255

Guides

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