• Carolina Fishing

    These are the keys to catching High Rock stripers in winter

    Guide Maynard Edwards of Lexington, N.C., targets stripers that follow baitfish into Abbotts, Flat Swamp and Second creeks at High Rock Lake during February’s cold weather. 

    “The stripers are in the major parts of the creeks,” said Edwards (336-249-6782). “They favor points and humps and can be found in 5 to 20 feet of water. Sometimes it’s amazing how shallow they’ll be.”

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    VIDEO: Catching stripers on Lake Wateree

    This time of year, everything is biting on Lake Wateree, including stripers. Dieter Melhorn fishes for stripers on several lakes across the Carolinas throughout the year, and while fishing on Wateree last week, he made this informative video.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    NCWRC sets hunting, fishing regulations for 2017-18

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted last week on proposed rule changes to 39 agency regulations related to wildlife management, fisheries, game lands, and law enforcement for the 2017-18 seasons.

    The effective date for these regulations is Aug. 1, 2017.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission sets four-month cobia season for 2017

    It won’t be as long or wide open as in past years, but the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted last week in Wilmington to open a cobia season for 2017, allowing anglers to fish from May 1 to Aug. 1 in state waters with creel and size minimums.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Hit the swamps for February bass

    February can dish out some brutal weather, but as winter slowly loosens its grip, bass fishing can be phenomenal. This is a transition month for bass fanatics across South Carolina, and it might be the one month when location means more than ever. Sparkleberry Swamp and the other nearby swamps of the Santee Cooper region should be on your list of February fishing destinations.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Don’t forget trout lakes

    Western North Carolina and South Carolina’s Upstate have dozens of lakes with fair to excellent populations of trout. Some of these lakes, especially smaller ones, are classified as hatchery-supported waters and are regularly stocked with catchable-size fish in the spring and     winter. In larger reservoirs, both stocked and wild trout enter the lakes via tributaries.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    How to catch Lake Wylie's winter bass

    Lake Wylie has always been considered one of the better cold-weather lakes in the Carolinas for largemouth bass, and February is prime time for big fish to start stirring, plus, there’s the constant action around one of the lake’s warm-water discharges.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission votes to tighten trawling regulations

    The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted today to accept the Petition for Rulemaking proposed by the N.C. Wildlife Federation last November to reduce by-catch from shrimp trawling in North Carolina’s coastal waters by designated inshore waters as nursery areas and restricting the kind of gear used by trawlers.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    The month of the move

    With just a little breath of warm air from Mother Nature, several species of fish will be on the move this month Anglers pursing them will have to move and adapt to changing patterns as water temperatures warm, but the reward can be fat fish in skinny water.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Bet on Lake Tillery bream in cold water

    In late fall, when crappie leave brush piles in search of deeper water, most anglers go with them and neglect brush until crappie return the next summer. While those anglers may be following their passion, they’re missing out on some of the best bream fishing of the year.  

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm