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Striped bass in the Albemarle/Roanoke area have been reclassified as of Albemarle/Roanoke stripers downgraded in latest stock-status report
1031 Views - Posted: July 02 at 1:03 pm

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ 2014 Stock Status Report reclassifies the Albemarle/Roanoke striped bass stock from “viable” to “concern,” due to biological factors associated with a declining population.

Joshua Franklin shows off his surprise catch: a walleye caught while fishing for catfish in Lake Hickory. Walleye is surprise catch for Lake Hickory anglers
1579 Views - Posted: July 02 at 7:19 am

Two Claremont men reeled in a big surprise on Lake Hickory a month ago, but it was no surprise to biologists. Joshua Franklin caught a walleye while fishing at night for catfish with his friend, Evan Hendershot.

Jeff Smith's 4-pound, 1-ounce kokanee salmon, caught June 11 from Nantahala Lake, is the new state record for that unusual species. State-record kokanee salmon from Nantahala Lake is confirmed
3440 Views - Posted: June 30 at 8:42 am

A Mills River man has broken the state record for kokanee salmon. Jeff Smith’s 4-pound, 1-ounce fish, caught from Nantahala Lake on June 11, was verified by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and certified this past Friday.

Float trips on the New River have been producing plenty of nice smallmouth bass. High-country smallmouth beckoning anglers to beat the heat
1289 Views - Posted: June 27 at 8:40 am

With summer causing fishermen and others to look for an escape from the heat, North Carolina’s foothills and mountains offer plenty in the form of smallmouth bass and mountain trout. And according to one guide, the smallmouth fishing in the New River is starting to peak.

Capt. Rick Bennett said flounder fishing is getting better and better around Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach. Flounder fishing on the up-tick around Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach
1294 Views - Posted: June 26 at 7:28 am

Flounder fishing is beginning to pick up around Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, according to Capt. Rick Bennett of Rod-Man Charters, who said calm, summer weather is making it easy to get out and fish.

The N.C. House version of the 2014 state budget includes a section that would transfer N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission management of captive deer and elk to the N.C. Department of Agriculture. House bill would take management of captive deer away from NCWRC
1600 Views - Posted: June 25 at 3:34 pm

A section of the proposed 2014 House budget would transfer management authority over deer farming from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Senate budget doesn’t include the proposal and both bodies currently are “reconciling” their versions.

The black spot on the dorsal fin of the Spanish mackerel is the single factor that most distinguishes it from king mackerel of similar sizes. Make sure you're "spot on" with mackerel identification
1668 Views - Posted: June 25 at 7:26 am

Is that a king mackerel of a Spanish mackerel you’re about to slide into your cooler? It might not quite be the $64,000 question, but it is one that could be expensive for fishermen if they make the wrong guess. The cost of court for having an undersize king mackerel is significant, and there is always the possibility of a hefty fine.

Todd Harris of Clemmons won the BFL tournament on High Rock this past Sunday by fishing his best docks later in the day. Clemmons angler rings dinner bell for High Rock bass
801 Views - Posted: June 24 at 6:57 am

Todd Harris of Clemmons took advantage of the “dinner bell bite” to win the June 21 Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament at High Rock Lake.

Deep, clear Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains is producing plenty of trout and bass - and fishermen don't have to brave the heat to catch them. Fontana Lake offers great escape from the heat for fishermen
1535 Views - Posted: June 23 at 7:19 am

Anglers wishing to escape the early arriving summer heat don’t have many options — except mountain lakes in western North Carolina – and one of the best is Fontana Lake, where the fishing is providing plenty of action.

Use the right bait and the right hook to land big stripers during the summer. Live bait is the way to go for summer stripers on North Carolina lakes
1467 Views - Posted: June 20 at 12:43 pm

It’s hard to beat live bait when it comes to striper fishing, and Colt Bass, who guides on Lake Hickory and Lake Rhodhiss, said anglers need to bring the real deal when chasing stripers, especially as the summer action heats up.

UNC Sea Grant and the NCDMF are offering a graduate fellowship for a fisheries researcher to study bycatch. Sea Grant, NCDMF offering graduate fellowship to study bycatch
860 Views - Posted: June 18 at 6:01 pm

North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries are accepting applications for a fellowship opportunity for students nearing completion of an advanced degree program in natural resources or marine sciences.

Big flounder are really starting to show up in Southport's inshore waters, with plenty of bait already around. Inshore fishing around Southport is going great guns
1529 Views - Posted: June 18 at 7:22 am

Capt. Jimmy Price at Southport’s Wildlife Bait and Tackle said that inshore fishing has been very good lately, despite stained water from runoff that’s been rolling down the Cape Fear River all spring.