Volume 18 Number 4 - April 2011

 FEATURES:

NCDMF biologists are expecting a tough year for spotted seatrout anglers because of a second-straight winter of massive cold-stun kills. 2011 Saltwater Forecast
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. ...
Craig Holt

The top five counties in the 2010 harvest report accounted for a total of more than 2,000 gobblers tagged last spring. 2011 Turkey Season Forecast
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.
 ...

Dan Kibler

After-dark hours can be extremely good for catching Catfish Lake’s catfish — but so can daylight hours. Catfish Lake Catfish
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 ...
Mike Marsh

Biologist Kevin Dockendorf said he’s sampling more and more trophy stripers on the Roanoke every year. Roanoke River on the Fly
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. ...
Craig Holt

Speckled trout often visit the end of the south jetty at Masonboro Inlet and its ‘whirlpool’ on an incoming tide. Saltwater Series: Wrightsville Beach
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. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Lunker rainbows are not an uncommon sight on the Nantahala, especially in the delayed-harvest section. Stream of Dreams
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 ...
Jim Casada

 
  The foremost state experts give their predictions on the 2011 seasons for turkeys and saltwater species.
Photo By Steve Gulledge
 

COLUMNS:

Backlashes
MFC decisions confirm pro-commercial stance

Craig Holt

Fish Like a Pro
Flipping your way to big April bass

Dustin Wilks

Greener Pastures
It’s time to refresh clover patches

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
April is mayfly time on trout streams

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
How to add some blast to your cast

Jerry Dilsaver

Livewell
VanDam makes it four Classic titles

Tony Garitta


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