• Freshwater Fishing

    Summer conditions aren’t the greatest for catching mountain trout, but with a few choices, you can put yourself in position for some great trips.

    Find your summer trout strategies

    Plan for problems that hot-weather conditions present and head to the right stream
    7 hours ago
    Bluegills will concentrate their spawning efforts under a full or new moon.

    Check the moon

    July 15 at 7:00am
    While jug fishing with Scott Forbes and Travis Horne on the Pee Dee River in North Carolina, James Crider caught this huge blue catfish.

    Jugging produces huge catfish for Pee Dee River angler

    Fishing with jugs is an overlooked method for catching Mr. Whiskers
    July 04 at 3:04pm
    Summer bream are a staple on South Carolina’s Santee Cooper lakes.

    Sacking Santee’s bedding bluegills

    The Santee Cooper lakes’ banks don’t hold all the spawning bream; look for unpressured fish out in open, shallow water for great new-moon, full-moon results.
    July 01 at 7:00am
    A young angler works a section of the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County, one of North Carolina’s most-popular delayed-harvest trout streams.

    Delayed harvest: Trout for everyone

    Hungry, stocked fish in select, popular streams makes for a great time for anglers of all levels
    June 19 at 9:00am
    Jimmy Ledbetter, a veteran tournament fisherman, said Santee Cooper anglers can catch big blues this month drifting or anchoring in either lake or the Division Canal.

    Santee in June: Catfish central

    All three species are in play on Lakes, in Canal
    June 16 at 9:00am
    Live minnows are extremely productive baits when crappie are in deeper water, and dying them brighter colors often draws even more strikes.

    Bait dynamics for crappie

    June 15 at 7:00am
    Bright lights, suspended just under the surface, will attract baitfish, and the baitfish will draw gamefish into the immediate area.

    Let LED’s light up your night

    June 15 at 7:00am
    Deep brush will always hold fish, even during the spring.

    Brush up on summer slabs

    With the crappie spawn in your rearview mirror, it’s time to look deeper, and brush piles are tough to beat, especially to find gangs of nice fish.
    June 01 at 7:00am
    Crappie fishing at night is a great option for Carolina anglers.

    Slabs and nightstalkers

    Join the ‘midnight shift’ and catch crappie after dark through the summer. Here’s how to get up to speed.
    June 01 at 7:00am
    Fliers are small panfish that have a distinct look, and are sometimes misidentified as crappie.

    Species spotlight: flier

    This little-known panfish is small in size, tasty on the table
    May 30 at 10:09pm
    Delayed Harvest trout water open June 2 in North Carolina.

    Delayed Harvest trout waters open June 2 in North Carolina

    Season will run through Sept. 30
    May 20 at 10:18pm
    Rainbow trout have a varied diet and will eat anything they can capture. They routinely eat the larval, pupal and adult forms of aquatic insects, plus terrestrials that fall into the water. They will eat fish eggs, shrimp, crawfish and small fish up to one-third of their length.

    Four-of-a-kind basic trout flies for fly fishermen

    Wet and dry flies, nymphs and streamers all belong in a fly fisher’s fly box, and all can be very effective
    May 19 at 9:00am
    Lindsey Edge, 6-years-old, of Laurel Hill, NC, caught this 71-pound blue catfish on the Pee Dee River at the base of the Blewett Falls Dam.

    6-year-old lands 71-pound catfish on Pee Dee River

    Junior angler's dad coached her, netted the fish
    May 17 at 12:33pm