• Carolina Fishing

    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

    Look for “spaghetti” on your fish finder when deep-jigging for winter bass

    When bass pro Shane Lineberger idles over deep water during winter, he wants to see multiple schools of baitfish on his fish finder before he stops to make a cast. He knows the spot will be even better when he sees “spaghetti.”

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    How to rig a drop-shot for soft plastics or live bait

    The drop-shot rig is best known for gently presenting soft-plastic lures, but with a few tweaks, the same setup can present live bait, especially minnows, to bass.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Rewards await patient anglers

    Over the winter, cold water and lack of food changes the way speckled trout feed. For most of the year, trout feed out of reaction. If something lands on the table, they will gulp it down and  look for something else to shove in their mouth. But winter is different. Specks become less active and will only eat when they feel the need to lunge towards something that looks tempting. Even when the tide and conditions are perfect, it doesn’t always equate to a strong speckled trout bite. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Baits, technique can make a big difference in winter trout success in the Carolinas

    During the fall, speckled trout eat about everything they can afford to get down their throats in anticipation of the winter season. But when winter arrives and most of the bait vanishes, lure and bait choices force anglers to revise their playbooks. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Seven tips to better long-lining

    Finding success in long-line trolling takes dedication in order to get a system that works. Once you’re comfortable with your system, these tips will help you become a better long-liner.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm