• Carolina Fishing

    Warm Sutton Lake provides winter change of pace

    Sutton Lake is a winter fishing oasis, an 1,100-acre cooling resevoir for Duke Energy’s L.V. Sutton Power Plant near Wilmington, N.C., Sutton remains warm through the winter, with February water temperatures usually in the 70s or low 80s, which gives a summertime feel to fishing, with fish active in the warm water.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Fishing school scheduled for Winston-Salem March 18

    If you live in North Carolina’s Piedmont, love fishing and have been looking for ways to catch more fish, you don’t have to travel very far.

    Triad Saltwater Anglers is holding a fishing school on March 18 at the Quality Inn and Suites in Winston-Salem, N.C. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Lake Murray's winter crappie fishing an awful lot like spring

    Don’t call it a comeback. Lake Murray’s crappie fishing is still going strong since the unusually mild winter has kept water temperatures higher than normal. The action is expected to get even better as spawning season nears.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    2017 Roanoke River Management Area striped bass season opens March 1

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30, unless closed or extended through proclamation. The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Unfair Lures features unique innovations in fishing plugs

    Paul Van Reenen grew up in South Africa, and has fished all over the world, catching over 500 different species of fish on several continents. Still, he wasn’t happy with the overall selection of lures available, so he moved to the United States and began his own lure company.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    How to catch the fish of a lifetime

    Have you ever caught a fish of a lifetime? How about had a 100-fish day? Many anglers spend a lot of time fishing throughout their lives, and a lot of them can never make claim to either of those statements. But it’s not that hard for an angler to do either, if they follow one tip from the most mobile fishing guide in the Carolinas.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Bass angler boats huge blue catfish at Lake Moultrie

    Most trophy catfish are caught by anglers targeting them in relatively deep water while soaking or drifting cut bait — but not this time. Matt Murphy of Moncks Corner, S.C., was practicing for a bass tournament on Feb. 17, prospecting a shallow stump field on Lake Moultrie, when he crossed paths with an 83-pound, 10-ounce blue that opportunistically swallowed his 10-inch Zoom Ol’ Monster plastic worm.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    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