Volume 13 Number 3 - March 2006

 FEATURES:

Tony Sprouse from Advance displays a nice-size Badin crappie. Crappie usually hold at 10 to 12 feet when the water temperature rises to 50 degrees. Badin Lake is North Carolina crappie hotspot
Badin Lake crappie fishing during March is the best at the Yadin chain.
Anglers don’t have to be experts to catch crappie at Badin Lake during March. But most days they’ll need to be tolerant of cold and wind. ...
Walter Taylor

It’s little wonder anglers are attracted to the Cherokee tribe’s lands to fish for trout as David Ensley, tribal manager of game and fish, displays a trophy-size rainbow reared at the hatchery. Cherokee reservation is top spot for North Carolina trout
Besides providing N.C.’s only legal gambling, the Cherokees attract scores of anglers looking for guaranteed creels of rainbows and brown - including some monsters.
Bright sunshine broke through a thin layer of fog lifting off the Oconaluftee River deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, as anglers started taking their places along the pristine stream for opening day of trout ...
Don Rouanzion

Guide Fisher Culbreth (left) said protection of red drum has created a year-round fishery. Look at low tide for North Carolina's Cape Fear redfish
A Cape Fear guide who spends his life on the water helps preserve red drum and turns on other anglers to the state fish of North Carolina.
Capt. Fisher Culbreth is a man who is no stranger to taking risks.  ...
Mike Marsh

Guide Bud Haynes said the bite gets started at Eastland Creek, moves down to Nutbush Creek, then goes west to Clarksville, Va. March to Buggs Island for great spring bass fishing along North Carolina-Virginia border
For extra-large Grade A bass fishing, set your compass for the big lake that straddles North Carolina and Virginia.
It’s hard, Bud Haynes and James Marshall admit, to look at the temperature gauge on your bass boat, see the number 48 and fish the banks. ...
Dan Kibler

The WRC switched from stocking 2-inch-long bass finglerlings to 8-inch fingerlings to improve bass stocks at northeastern N.C. rivers. North Carolina's coastal rivers rebounding from hurricanes with bass
Stocking bass in N.C. coastal rivers is a problematic solution after hurrican-related fish kills, but full recovery depends upon time’s healing effects.
North Carolina hasn’t suffered a Katrina-like hit since 1999 (Hurricane Floyd), but the Tar Heel State makes up in numbers of storms for its relatively few direct hits by Category 4s. ...
Chris Ginn

A hunter’s chances to see turkeys are increased near chufa patches. Plantings can mean striking gold for North Carolina turkey hunters
If you want to have more wild turkeys, try planting chufas, and watch your land sprout feathers.
Farmers want rain in the spring after they’ve planted their fields so seeds will sprout and eventually grow crops. ...
Craig Holt

Cashie shad anglers at Windsor (left to right) Christopher “Pete” Johnson, 9, Joseph Eure, 11, and Andy Eure display their catches. River-run shad are harbingers of great North Carolina spring fishing
People in eastern N.C. don’t look for robins to signal the arrival of spring; they wait for the shad run to begin.
Some people claim robins are the harbingers of spring. Others say it’s crocuses or daffodils. William Wordsworth, the poet, immortalized spring’s fore-runner as a lone snowdrop. ...
Craig Holt

Spotted seatrout, or “specks” as the locals call them, are particularly favorable to green grubs on jig heads. Speck Madness rivals March Madness for North Carolina coastal trout fishermen
A sure-fire cure for ACC basketball fever is the knowledge that spotted seatrout have awakened from their winter sleep.
While most of North Carolina is bundled up in front of television sets watching the ACC and NCAA basketball tournaments, a few dozen anglers privy to a neat secret are huddled in their boats, knowing March Madness must mean the speckled trout are ...
Dan Kibler

Anglers who are lucky enough to see or discover an “upwelling” while fishing offshore should thank their lucky stars and try to stay in contact with it because these current flows hold baitfish and big saltwater predators. Wahoo, tuna provide ocean commotion for North Carolina fishermen
March is the time to use fast-moving topwater plugs for wahoos and tuna.
A “wee bit of nip” hovered in the morning air as we left the dock last March.  ...
Jerry Dilsaver