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Two Republicans in the state senate have introduced a bill to give control of deer farms to the N.C. Department of Agriculture, taking it away from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Deer-farm supporters find two friends in state senate
1538 Views - Posted: March 31 at 7:08 am

Two Republican state senators, Andrew Brock and Brent Jackson, have introduced a bill that would strip the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission of regulatory authority to manage penned-in deer and turn it over to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Blue Ridge Electrical Membership Corp. wants to help landowners who have power-line right-of-ways across their property to maintain them for wildlife. Energy co-op offers landowners chance to help wildlife on right-of-ways
965 Views - Posted: March 27 at 6:55 am

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp., an energy co-op located in the northwestern corner of North Carolina, has announced a new program aimed at using its right-of-ways to benefit wildlife. Blue Ridge is partnering with the Whitetail Institute and the National Wild Turkey Federation to transform power-line easements into prime deer and turkey habitat.

Fishermen are catching plenty of keeper striped bass and an occasional largemouth in the lower section of the Roanoke River. Good numbers of stripers still biting in lower section of Roanoke River
916 Views - Posted: March 26 at 12:57 pm

Joey VanDyke of Fingeance Sportfishing Charters said the striper action is really good in the lower Roanoke Rive, and it continues to get better. VanDyke has been fishing from Jamesville downriver to the edge of Albemarle Sound and is finding good numbers of fish in many locations. He said the stripers are staging in deeper holes along the river as they work their way upstream to spawn. They rest and feed for a few days and, as the river rises, head upstream again.

Crappie are moving out of deep water at Lake Tillery, getting into range of most fishermen. Sunny days bringing crappie into Lake Tillery shallows
1563 Views - Posted: March 25 at 5:26 pm

April fishing is busting out all over at Lake Tillery. That’s how Rodney Crisco at  Joe’s Bait & Tackle in Albemarle described conditions at the Yadkin River reservoir as the last few days of March flip off the calendar.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two fishing clinics for the Pechmann center in Fayetteville in April, one on kayak fishing. Commission schedules kayak fishing, bass fishing workshops
670 Views - Posted: March 25 at 12:25 pm

To help anglers improve their fishing skills, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering two free fishing workshops in April at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

Justin Goodyear of Thomasville caught this 8.11-pound largemouth bass last weekend at Badin Lake. Warm weather sends big bass into Badin Lake's shallows
1290 Views - Posted: March 22 at 9:20 pm

The first warm weather of the season has caused a tidal wave of largemouth bass to move into the shallows at Badin Lake, creating a bass bonanza for fishermen.

Jamie Fajardo keys on aquatic grass to follow the prespawn movements of Shearon Harris Lake's bass. Shearon Harris bass anglers need to look to grass early in spring
867 Views - Posted: March 20 at 7:26 pm

Prespawn on Shearon Harris Lake is possibly the best time and place to catch a trophy bass in North Carolina, but only if you’re fishing where the bass are headed. During the spring, bass are on the move, and that can lead fishermen to monumental days followed by dire lows.

Redfish are only one of a handful of species biting for Capt. Rennie Clark in the lower Cape Fear River. Runoff has mixed bag of freshwater, saltwater fish biting in lower Cape Fear River
955 Views - Posted: March 20 at 7:00 am

A deluge of runoff has made the Cape Fear River a smorgasbord for inshore fishermen, with Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach having a recent catch of red drum, stripers, a keeper flounder and a largemouth bass near Snow’s Cut.

Buggs Island bass are starting to push toward the shallows as waters slowly warm up. Kerr Lake bass heading toward shallows despite cold, stained water
671 Views - Posted: March 18 at 7:30 am

With runoff from snow melt and rain, John H. Kerr Reservoir still has cool water that’s stained to muddy, but guide Tim Wilson of Buffalo Junction, Va., said recent warming days already are starting to push female bass toward shallow water.

Guide Shannon Miller said striped bass are responding well to warmer water on Lake Norman. Lake Norman stripers blasting trolled Alabama rigs
1227 Views - Posted: March 18 at 6:45 am

There's a large sign on the concrete dam at Lake Norman's Marshall Steam Station. Duke Energy makes it clear to "KEEP OFF," but your journey isn't over when you reach the forbidding message. See the sign and you know you’ve reached the spot for large striped bass.

A few more warm days and slightly warmer water temperatures should bring Jordan Lake's crappie to the shallows. Jordan Lake crappie have made first big move out of deep water
1029 Views - Posted: March 17 at 6:34 am

Jordan Lake’s black crappies are migrating out of deep water and have reached staging areas for the coming spring spawn. Even though the heavy activity is a few days away, anglers such as guide Freddie Sinclair were catching slabs in 15 feet of water this past weekend.

Boats out of Hatteras have been running into bluefin tuna north of Diamond Shoals. Tuna of all kinds showing up on nice days off Hatteras
1039 Views - Posted: March 16 at 8:45 am

Capt. Steve "Creature" Coulter of Sea Creature Sportfishing in Hatteras said offshore fishing is showing signs of promise and appears to be shaping up for a good spring, with good catches on days when the wind and weather allows trips, including a decent showing of bluefin tuna.