• Freshwater Fishing

    On Oct. 1, 34 trout waters in 20 WNC counties changed from Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to Delayed Harvest Trout Waters until June 1, 2018.

    N.C.'s Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations now in effect

    Regulations cover 34 trout waters in 20 WNC counties
    October 02, 2017 at 9:19am
    Deer season and college football has cleared a lot of lakes in the Carolinas, so there’s no better time to go crappie fishing.

    Top picks for fall Carolina crappie

    With the attention of plenty of Carolina anglers diverted to other pursuits, now is the time to catch some slabs. Here are some places to try.
    October 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    This slab crappie also inhaled a Cajun Lures’ Slim Jimmy.

    Slim Jimmys

    This bait’s tail action entices sac-a-lait to bite
    September 29, 2017 at 9:00am
    Guide Brad Taylor says falling water temperatures kick off a great crappie bite on Lake Murray in October and November.

    It’s slab time on Murray

    Crappie head up creeks following bait as water cools
    September 28, 2017 at 1:16pm
    Excellent summer rains should have conditions in trout streams in excellent condition for fall outings, with trout like this brookie ready and waiting.

    Summer spared streams

    Good rains have trout waters in great shape
    September 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    September marks the beginning of great fall crappie fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes, with good fish and good numbers being caught by guides like Kevin Davis of Blacks Camp (far right).

    September on Santee = transition

    Some of the year’s best action is on the horizon
    September 16, 2017 at 9:00am
    Robert Grooms shows off a deep-water Santee Cooper bluegill.

    How to catch deep-water panfish

    Going deep is the key
    September 06, 2017 at 4:01pm
    Mountain trout and the best ways to catch them will be featured at the Mountain State Fair Sept. 8 - 17.

    Mountain State Fair exhibit to showcase mountain trout

    Trout regulations, seasons, best locations will be featured
    September 05, 2017 at 12:24am
    Lake Marion’s Sparkleberry Swamp will hold plenty of crappie this month, with fish relating to flooded cypress trees.

    Tree huggers now!

    Sparkleberry Swamp slabs love trees
    August 30, 2017 at 2:57pm
    Deep Creek holds a lot of nice brown trout, plus some fish that often approach 15 to 20 inches long.

    A park you can count on

    GSMNP is filled with top-drawer trout waters
    August 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    Beds of freshwater mussels will attract plenty of catfish, especially during summer months after the spawn.

    Mussel up for better catfish trips

    August 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Tyler Schultze said North Carolina’s Neuse River is a flathead catfish paradise, with plenty of trophy class fish available.

    How to set up on a river bend

    August 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Catfish won’t spend much time deeper than the thermocline, which narrows down places where guides like Chris Nichols target them.

    Use thermocline to your advantage

    August 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Guide Joe Dennis catches plenty of great bream in deep areas of the Santee Cooper lakes where he’s hunting for crappie.

    Don’t forget deep bream

    August heat pushes panfish to slabs’ haunts
    August 14, 2017 at 9:00am
    You'll have more success when drifting cut bait for catfish if you follow some simple rigging advice.

    *VIDEO* How to rig cut herring for catfish and striper fishing

    Cut bait can look lively with these tips
    August 14, 2017 at 7:03am