• Freshwater Fishing

    Fishermen aren’t likely to hook into as many trout during the winter, but fishing slowly, covering water thoroughly, and using the right nymphs, might get you a hookup with an extra-big brown trout like this one.

    Keys to catching more winter trout

    Slow down, put away those dry flies and head for the biggest stream in your neck of the woods
    December 19, 2018 at 9:00am
    Guide Bob Winters will target Santee Cooper blue catfish with drift rigs in December, while fishing live-bait rigs for striped bait at the same time.

    December: It’s all about bait

    Gamefish will concentrate even more than usual on forage as Thanksgiving passes
    December 16, 2018 at 9:00am
    When fishing on a typical December day — a post-front, bluebird day — make sure to get your minnow right into the brush.

    December slabs: a depth perception

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Guide Chris Nichols said High Rock is developing into a top-drawer lake for blue catfish.

    Is High Rock the next catfish crown jewel?

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Lake Marion crappie stay hot in cooler December water.

    Cold crappie kickoff

    Lake Marion slabs can fill a cooler as easily in December as in the fall, if you can follow the movement of big schools into deeper water.
    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Tyler Schultze with a heavy Lake Gaston blue.

    Top Carolina winter catfish lakes

    Try these five lakes in the Carolinas for top cold-weather catfish action.
    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Drift-fishing is an established way for Santee Cooper fishermen to land striped bass and blue catfish.

    Double dipping for stripers, cats

    Santee offers great November opportunities
    November 16, 2018 at 9:00am
    Trout will hit a variety of nymph patterns if the weighted flies are kept near the bottom of a stream.

    “High stick” technique

    November 15, 2018 at 6:00am
    Learning how to locate and recognize parts of a stream or pool that, because of a change in bottom contour, will hold trout is a key to catching more fish.

    Recognizing productive water

    November 15, 2018 at 6:00am
    Nymphs are a trout angler’s winter dream flies in the Carolinas.

    Get down for trout

    Purists love dry-fly fishing for mountain trout, but nymphs catch more and larger fish in the colder months. For consistent catches, go deep with nymphs.
    November 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Lake James State Park features a fishing pier, and it’s in close proximity to a handful of public boat landings on the 6,500-acre mountain lake in Burke and McDowell counties.

    Park your tackle at this state park

    Lake James is a jewel for mountain fishermen
    October 19, 2018 at 9:00am