• Volume 18 Number 4 - April 2011


    Offshore fishing should be decent, but regulations on speckled trout and flounder are more restrictive in hopes of rebuilding stocks.

    North Carolina’s saltwater species are trying to hold their own, but there’s some trouble in River City — especially the portions of rivers that run through inshore waters before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.

    Harvests continue to climb statewide, but some counties are definitely better than others.

    If you compared North Carolina’s spring wild-turkey harvest from, say, 20 years ago, with last spring’s county-by-county numbers, one thing would stand out — other than the sheer number of places where gobblers were killed in 2010.

    Bullheads are king at this natural lake in the middle of the Croatan National Forest.

    Any map of eastern North Carolina will show a moderate-sized hole in the middle of a vast area of virtual nothingness: the 160,000 acres of Croatan National Forest. Southeast of Catfish Lake waterfowl impoundment, where duck hunters head each hunting season, the lake shares the name, taunting the adventurous angler to give fishing for catfish a try.

    Catching striped bass with the long rod isn’t difficult, and it adds a sense of accomplishment during North Carolina’s No. 1 spring spawning run.

    Guide Chuck Laughridge eased his aluminum boat along a rock-strewn shoreline at Weldon’s public boat ramp last April to pick up a late-arriving angler around 9 a.m.

    Easy access and productivity make this destination among North Carolina’s most popular.

    Wrightsville Beach is a coastal destination many fishermen are aware of, even if they have never visited or fished there; the latter would be a bit of a surprise.

    The three ‘faces’ of the Nantahala River offer trout fishermen different options for angling enjoyment.

    Loosely translated from the Cherokee, Nantahala means “land of the noon-day sun.” The descriptive place name is apt, because over much of its flow, and especially in the gorge marking its lower reaches, sunshine reaches the Nantahala River for only a few hours each day.