• Freshwater Fishing

    Planer boards open up shallow water to spring crappie trollers.

    Crappie on a different plane

    Planer boards allow fishermen to slow-troll their baits and lures in extremely shallow water as prespawn slabs move toward the bank. Here’s how to set up for this technique.
    March 01 at 7:00am
    Pony head jigs like this Road Runner account for a lot of crappie, especially in stained water where the small spinner provides vibration and flash.

    The jig is up. But which one?

    Crappie fishermen have dozens of styles of jigs from which to choose. Learn when and where to tie one on, and which styles match which fishing situations.
    March 01 at 7:00am
    Don’t get stucks shallow for Santee Cooper’s spring slabs.

    Sack Santee’s spring slabs

    The spawn may be at hand, but one guide on South Carolina’s Santee Cooper lakes said deep water may be the ticket to some of the best crappie fishign of the year.
    March 01 at 7:00am
    North Carolina's Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are closed through April 7.

    Hatchery Supported Trout Waters now closed through April

    NCWRC will stock waters during closed season
    February 28 at 9:48pm
    A former bank building in Bryson City is the new home of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians.

    Fly-fishing museum gets a new life

    Swain County, Bryson City welcome history exhibits
    February 19 at 9:00am
    Todd Vick poses with a typical wintertime river crappie.

    Tips for Haw River's winter crappie

    Unseasonably warm February weather equals hot crappie bite
    February 13 at 6:39pm
    Hickory shad — like this one the author caught — fill the Roanoke River and its tributaries this month.

    Annual shad run sparkles in river

    Hickory shad pour into Roanoke River this month
    February 12 at 10:01am
    Regan Norris caught this beautiful rainbow trout in the waters of South Carolina’s Lower Saluda River.

    Try Saluda for surprise rainbows

    Stocked trout in Midlands river are ready for March lures
    February 12 at 9:48am
    Guide Wendell Wilson catches Lake Russell crappie shallow and deep in March, when fish are moving in and out at different stages of the spawn.

    Lake Russell slabs on the move

    Crappie can be deep, shallow on same day
    February 12 at 9:37am
    Guide Jot Owens caught this nice American Shad during the winter/spring run in the Cape Fear River upstream from Wilmington, N.C.

    Salute shad, the kickoff fish

    February, March are prime time for spring spawning run of these feisty fish
    February 12 at 9:00am
    Carolina Sportsman columnist and Upstate Outdoors radio show host Phillip Gentry is one of the Crappie University instructors.

    Crappie University set for Spartanburg debut

    Course begins Feb. 15,, lasts four nights
    February 08 at 11:53pm
    The Lower Saluda River just outside of Columbia has become a hot spot for trout anglers. A small section is being proposed as catch-and-release only.

    SCDNR seeks public input on Lower Saluda River trout regulations

    Section of river proposed as catch and release only
    February 07 at 9:27pm