• Freshwater Fishing

    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
    January means big blue catfish on South Carolina’s Lake Monticello.

    Feeling blue? You betcha!

    Lake Monticello’s big blue catfish turn on in winter, giving anglers a chance to do battle with trophy class fish.
    February 01 at 7:00am
    Carolina anglers: try these winter slab tips.

    Top to bottom winter slabs

    Get a jump on Carolina crappie season on any level in February
    February 01 at 7:00am
    Three of the more popular spinners for trout are: (left to right) Mepps Aglia, Panther Martin and Ward’s Rooster Tail. Other effective spinning lures are Blue Fox, Thomas, Acme and Joe’s Flies.

    Spinning fishing: A happy medium

    Take a spinning outfit and a few lures with flashing blades to the stream and you’re set to go
    January 19 at 9:00am
    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

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Trout will hit a variety of nymph patterns if the weighted flies are kept near the bottom of a stream.

    “High stick” technique

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Guide Jerry Neely said that High Rock Lake is known more as a good warm-weather lake for crappie, but it’s also a good January lake.

    High Rock is a winter sleeper lake

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Spider-rigging with multiple rods allows anglers to cover plenty of depths and lots of water.

    A crappie rig for winter fishing

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Fly fishing and kayak fishing clinics are some of the programs offered at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center throughout February 2018.

    Fly fishing, kayak fishing workshops offered at John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center

    Courses are free, offered throughout February
    January 10 at 7:39pm