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Crappie fishermen at High Rock are having some success in lightly-stained water away from the muddy main body of the lake. Crappie biting at High Rock -- if you can find stained, not muddy, water
2036 Views - Posted: March 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
It’s usually tough for freshwater fishermen about the time March arrives because of cold and stained or muddy water in North Carolina reservoirs.

February was marked by a double dose of cold, rainy – and snowy – weather that’s kept water temperatures low. Fishing river-system lakes in the Piedmont has been especially difficult because they’ve been overwhelmed by runoff that muddies the water.

“It’s been very tough for about a month,” said guide Maynard Edwards of Lexington, who fishes High Rock, Tuckertown, Badin and Tillery reservoirs on the Yadkin system.

But fishing doesn’t have to be a total washout, he said.

“Right now, High Rock is the best bet, and you can catch crappies, but you have to find ’em first,” said Edwards, who runs Yadkin Lakes Guide Service (336-247-1287). “A few crappie are biting if you can find water that’s not red.”

Locust Creek Access Area is just upstream from the delayed-harvest section of the Tuckasegee River. Duke Energy, NCWRC adds to Tuckasegee River access
2379 Views - Posted: February 28, 2013 at 7:00 am
The Tuckasegee River in Jackson County is one of the most popular rivers in western North Carolina for fishing and boating, but access often can be a problem, especially during prime fishing and boating seasons.

Boaters and fishermen often have had to use limited-space pull-off areas to get on the river. One popular access point on the delayed-harvest section of the river is a giant mudhole, especially after a heavy rain.

Getting on the river will be much easier with the opening of new access areas and improvements of existing sites. When work is completed over the next few years, nine official access points will be available, spanning the river from below Glenville Lake to Whittier. The access areas are a joint collaboration of Duke Energy and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

All of the new areas have graveled parking lots and launch areas for boaters. A few will have toilets and information kiosks.

Walleye are one of the species targeted as having high levels of mercury contamination in Nantahala Lake.
High levels of mercury found in bass, perch, walleye in 2 mountain lakes
2528 Views - Posted: February 27, 2013 at 7:00 am
State officials have issued fish consumption advisories for Lake Chatuge in Clay County and Nantahala Lake in Macon County after recent testing showed unsafe mercury levels in smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch and walleye in Nantahala Lake and white bass and largemouth bass in Lake Chatuge.

Similar consumption advisories were issued for Santeetlah Lake and Fontana Reservoir in 2011.

David Yow, a fisheries biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, said mercury is present in most fish, but some have higher levels than others.

Capt. Charlie Brown of Old Core Sound Guide Service, died Feb. 20 after a year-long battle with cancer. Brown, a former commercial fisherman, spent the last few years of his life calling for more restrictions on damaging commercial fishing gear. Charlie Brown, commercial fisherman turned guide, dies after battle with cancer
2127 Views - Posted: February 26, 2013 at 7:00 am
Charles Holland Brown, 52, better known as Capt. “Charlie” Brown, passed away Feb. 20 at his home in Straits after a valiant year-long battle against cancer.

Brown was a hunting and fishing guide, owner of Old Core Sound Guide Service and a prolific waterfowl decoy carver – he came from a fifth-generation Down East fishing family.

Brown grew up as a commercial fisherman, dredging for shrimp and oysters, clamming, setting nets for flounder and mullet and working as a deckhand on an ocean-going scallop boat.

Sportsmen can impact the U.S. Forest Service's management plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests at public hearings over the next three weeks. U.S. Forest Service holds public hearings on management plan for next 15 years
1079 Views - Posted: February 25, 2013 at 7:00 am
Plans to manage the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests over the next 15 years are up for discussion, and sportsman have five opportunities to speak out for their interests over the next four weeks.

The U.S. Forest Service is holding a series of public meetings to receive input from sportsman on the Land Management Plan, and the forest service and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is urging them to attend meetings and make requests so all important issues can be identified. The meetings, which begin at 6 p.m., are as follows:

* Feb. 25, Appalachian Ranger District: Mars Hill College, Broyhill Chapel, in Mars Hill;
* March 5,Tusquitee Ranger District: First Baptist Church in Murphy;
* March 12,Grandfather Ranger District: McDowell Tech College, Room 113, in Marion;
* March 18, Pisgah Ranger District: Transylvania County Library in Brevard;
* March 19,Nantahala Ranger District: Tartan Hall in Franklin;

Mississippi's Cliff Pace earned a $500,000 paycheck for winning the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. Pace wins 2013 Bassmaster Classsic
1479 Views - Posted: February 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm
Maiden's Hank Cherry made his first Bassmaster Classic appearance count, ending the 2013 B.A.S.S. championship in third place.

Cherry logged a three-day total of 49 pounds.

Limits of keeper speckled trout have been a regular result of recent fishing trips in the Southport area. Crazy weather hasn't slowed speckled trout bite in Southport area
1519 Views - Posted: February 24, 2013 at 7:00 am
The weather along North Carolina’s southeastern coast has been anything but consistent – mid-60s and snow in the same week – but inshore fish are still biting.

Steve Lancaster at The Tackle Box in Southport said speckled trout limits have been the rule, rather than the exception, but red drum, black drum and even a few flounder are showing up.

“We’ve had a few cold fronts, but the weather hasn’t gotten cold and stayed cold,” Lancaster said. “The water temp has dropped to around 50, but it hasn’t gone into the low 40s and shut everything down. Guys are catching trout, red drum, black drum and even a few misplaced flounder. It’s cold enough the fish aren’t feeding every day, but they’re feeding most sunny days.”

Lancaster (910-454-9227) said most trout are being caught well back in creeks, in deeper holes that contain water a degree or two warmer than surrounding areas.

Mississippi pro Cliff Pace put some air between him and the rest of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic field after the second day of competition. Pace leads 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Cherry in fourth after second day
1209 Views - Posted: February 23, 2013 at 8:50 pm
North Carolina anglers continued to shine after two days of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, with both of the state's representatives moving into the final day of the championship tournament in the top 10.

Hank Cherry of Maiden sits in fourth with 31-12, while Wilkesboro's Tracy Adams is in ninth with 29-6.

Guide Joel Richardson has been catching bass off steep, rocky banks on the lower end of Badin Lake. Badin's chunky largemouths concentrated on steep, rocky banks
2051 Views - Posted: February 23, 2013 at 7:00 am
Badin Lake has the reputation for being one of the first reservoirs on the Yadkin River system – or in all of North Carolina – to wake up when spring hovers on the horizon.

February is a good example. If the weather isn’t too cold and it isn’t raining or snowing, Badin produces some excellent catches of largemouth bass, and guide Joel Richardson is living proof.

On decent days, we’ve been having really good bass days at Badin,” he said. “I’m a fan of cold-water bass fishing, and Badin is probably the No. 2 cold-water bass lake, only behind Buggs Island.”

North Carolina's Hanck Cherry goes into the second day of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic sitting in third place, just 9 ounces behind leaders Michael Iaconelli and Cliff Pace. Tarheel's Cherry in third place after first day of 2013 Bassmaster Classic
1734 Views - Posted: February 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm
Tarheel angler Hank Cherry was in third place after the first day of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, sitting a mere 9 ounces behind the leaders.

Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., and 2003 Bassmaster Classic champ Michael Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J., tied for the first-day lead at the 2013 edition of the world championship of bass fishing on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.

They both brought 21 pounds, 8 ounces to the scales at Tulsa’s BOK Center on Friday, the first of three days of competition for the $500,000 top prize of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Jeff Hamilton's Boone & Crockett buck from Surry County was among the biggest scored at the 2012 Dixie Deer Classic. Dixie Deer Classic has 3-day run in Raleigh next weekend
1806 Views - Posted: February 22, 2013 at 7:00 am
North Carolina hunters will get a chance to see the biggest bucks taken across the state last fall, listen to the state’s best turkey callers and sit in on seminars given by some of the industry’s best as the annual Dixie Deer Classic returns March 1-3 to the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The 3-day show, spread between the fairground’s Exhibition Building, Jim Graham Building and Dorton Arena, will include a Youth Day, the Tar Heel open turkey calling contest, a 3D archery tournament and two days of scoring to determine the biggest whitetail deer killed last fall in North Carolina and neighboring states in a handful of categories.

Show hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

Scoring of trophy deer will be held on Friday and Saturday, with the biggest bucks crowned and on display on Sunday.

Col. Dale Caveny of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission disclosed the results of a four-year wildlife Wildlife sting successfully targeted illegal bear hunting; 47 are arrested
7671 Views - Posted: February 21, 2013 at 7:00 am
A four-year undercover operation conducted by wildlife enforcement agencies in North Carolina and Georgia has resulted in the arrest of 47 people for illegal black bear hunting activities as of Wednesday, Feb. 20 – with at least that many more arrests imminent.

All of those indicted Wednesday are from Western North Carolina, wildlife officials said. Most of the 980 violations occurred on national forest lands in the western third of the state and in Georgia, with a smaller number occurring in the western Piedmont. Violations include hunting during closed seasons, exceeding bag limits, trapping, using bait to attract bears, and guiding hunts on federal lands without the required permits.

Speaking at a news conference in Asheville on Wednesday, Col. Dale Caveny, chief law enforcement officer for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, said while most of the violations centered on bear hunting, charges also include numerous other state and game law violations.