• Freshwater Fishing

    Even though many streams are closed for stocking in March, there’s plenty of trout water still open for anglers in both Carolinas.

    March still offers options

    Despite some season closures, anglers can still fish
    March 19 at 9:00am
    You might have to hunt for them a little bit, but largemouth bass should be moving into the shallows at Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, preparing to spawn in March.

    It’s Santee shallow time

    Fish of all species will be on the move in March
    March 16 at 9:00am
    American shad, which average 2 to 3 pounds, are much larger than  hickory shad, which weigh in around a pound.

    Shad run is kayak heaven

    Coastal rivers ready to fill up with feisty fish
    March 14 at 9:00am
    South Carolina’s Lake Greenwood offers crappie fishermen plenty of targets.

    The numbers game - Crappie fishing is a numbers game at Lake Greenwood in March

    For the most-consistent numbers of crappie in South Carolina, tight-line trolling this month at Lake Greenwood might be your best bet.
    March 01 at 7:00am
    Bigger baits, bigger jigheads and bigger minnows will often lead to bigger crappie.

    Upsize your offerings for big crappie

    Don’t restrict your crappie baits to tiny jigs and minnows; bigger is often better
    February 23 at 10:14pm
    Hickory shad will run up the Neuse River in March and April, coming in range of plenty of fishermen.

    Run with Neuse River shad

    New Bern, Kinston and upstream will hold fish
    February 23 at 3:05pm
    Walleye make spawning runs every spring up the rivers that feed Fontana Lake, with March being the peak of the upstream move.

    Run with Fontana’s walleye

    Urge to spawn will push fish from deep water to tributaries
    February 23 at 2:45pm
    Rod King said Falls of Neuse crappie will make a big move shallow early in March and stay there, despite weather changes.

    No going back for Falls slabs

    Once Falls of Neuse crappie make the move shallow, they’ll stay close until the spawn
    February 23 at 2:42pm
    Guide Jerry Neeley catches plenty of March crappie at Lake Wylie once the water temps breaks into the 50s.

    Two tactics for Lake Wylie slabs

    Long-line trolling, shooting docks and brush will put fish in the boat
    February 23 at 1:27pm
    Guide Brad Taylor regularly catches his biggest Lake Murray slabs in March.

    Mark March for Lake Murray crappie

    Start around creek mouths and move back as month progresses
    February 23 at 1:11pm
    Lake Murray guide Brad Taylor said this winter's crappie fishing has been a lot like spring.

    Lake Murray's winter crappie fishing an awful lot like spring

    In unusually warm February water, slabs are ganging up at mouth of creeks
    February 23 at 7:37am
    Matt Murphy was trying to locate bass for an upcoming tournament on Lake Moultrie when he hooked into this big catfish.

    Bass angler boats huge blue catfish at Lake Moultrie

    Practice for bass tournament results in unexpected encounter
    February 22 at 7:14am
    Trout in high-elevation reservoirs in both Carolinas tend to grow faster and larger than their stream-bound cousins. This brook trout is a good example.

    Don’t forget trout lakes

    Many mountain reservoirs are trout havens
    February 19 at 9:00am
    Striped bass will begin their spawning run to the upper end of Lake Marion and into the Wateree and Congaree rivers this month.

    The month of the move

    Start February deep, but work your way shallow
    February 16 at 9:00am