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Fish-consumption advisory signs dot the shoreline at Badin Lake, which will be drawn down 15 to 20 feet this fall to remove or cap PCBs at two sites. Alcoa announces drawdown, temporary closure of Badin Lake
4909 Views - Posted: August 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm
A planned drawdown by Alcoa to permanently cap hazardous chemicals on the bottom of Badin Lake would effectively close the lake to boating and fishing in November and early December.

Gordon Wegan displays a nice rainbow trout caught near Cedar Springs while fishing with guide Kevin Howell. Stream, river fishing for trout, smallmouth bass defying the heat
2430 Views - Posted: August 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Anglers looking for something different could do worse than choose western North Carolina waters this time of year. Two types of fishing are available — river fishing for smallmouths or stream fishing for wild mountain trout.

“Smallmouth fishing is good in the French Broad River right now,” said Kevin Howell of Davidson River Outfitters (828-877-4181). “A lot of fish are being caught.”

The 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series schdule has been announced. Bassmaster Elite Series' 2013 schedule announced
2317 Views - Posted: August 22, 2012 at 8:54 am
The 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series trail will begin on the lower Sabine River, which runs along the Louisiana/Texas border between Toledo Bend and the Gulf of Mexico, B.A.S.S. announced today.

A fishing pier on the Yadkin River in Wilkes County will provide fishing access at the Yadkin River Greenway. Public fishing pier opens on Yadkin River in Wilkes County
3538 Views - Posted: August 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm
WILKESBORO — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Yadkin River Greenway Council and Wilkes County to construct a universally accessible pier on the Yadkin River in North Wilkesboro.

The fixed pier, which is built on pilings, is approximately eight feet above normal water level and measures 12-feet-5 by 16 feet, with an 8-foot wide, 20-foot long accessible boardwalk that connects it to the greenway path. The pier has one low handrail in the front/center section of the pier to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast.


Draw a bead on a great archery buck with tips in the September issue of North Carolina Sportsman. September issue of North Carolina Sportsman celebrates openings
1193 Views - Posted: August 21, 2012 at 9:36 am
Hunting season is on the horizon, and North Carolina Sportsman wants to help you navigate through all the opportunities.

The magazine's September issue provides plenty of tips on making your Labor Day Weekend dove hunt a successful one, and how to fill that first deer tag when the statewide archery season opens a week later

Grouper have been the best part of offshore catches out of Atlantic Bech over the past week or so. Wahoo, grouper providing excellent action offshore out of Atlantic Beach
2109 Views - Posted: August 20, 2012 at 9:32 am
If you want a big pull that will make a great main course for dinner, then the late-summer wahoo fishing off Atlantic Beach might be just the ticket.

Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing said his parties caught three to six wahoo on each offshore trip last week. Webb said they got a lot of wahoo bites, but didn’t have a great ratio going for getting them in the fish box.

Big plastic worms fished on Carolina rigs have been productive later in the day on Tuckertown and Badin lakes. Badin, Tuckertown bass action still good
2630 Views - Posted: August 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm
Largemouth bass have been the prime targets at Badin and Tuckertown reservoirs, two lakes on the Yadkin River system.

“We’re catching lots of bass at Badin and Tuckertown,” said guide Maynard Edwards of Lexington’s Yadkin Lakes Guide Service.

Waterfowl impoundments at Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Lands are planted in the spring and flooded in the fall to attract waterfowl of all kinds. Grant will help fund repairs to Butner-Falls of Neuse waterfowl impoundments
3339 Views - Posted: August 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm
After 25 years, even flashboards and risers wear out, and that’s happening at waterfowl impoundments on the upper end of the Butner-Falls of the Neuse Game Land in Durham, Granville and Wake counties.

Fortunately, a $125,000 supplied to Ducks Unlimited by a grant from the office of Roy Cooper, North Carolina’s attorney general, through its Environmental Enhancement Grand (EEG) Program, will help make repairs and create better wetlands habitat on the public lands.

Flounder fishing has been excellent from Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach to Little River. Flounder fishing great along coast of southern Brunswick County
3573 Views - Posted: August 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm
Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Guide Service said the flounder and redfish bite in Lower Brunswick County is very good and is about to ramp up even a little more.

“We’ve had a great summer so far,” Dickson said. “The fish have been feeding and there have been good numbers of them. Flounder have been a big part of our catch, and there have been lots of redfish, too.”

Falls of Neuse Lake has been producing some nice catches of largemouth bass recently. Bass at Falls of Neuse biting on deep, summer pattern
2515 Views - Posted: August 09, 2012 at 9:51 am
Triangle-area anglers are finding that even with torrid temperatures, they can catch a largemouth bass at one of the three premier lakes in the region. Jamie Olive, a guide from New Hill, has concentrated his efforts at Falls of Neuse Lake, an impoundment north of Durham that stretches into the western city limits of Raleigh, and he’s been doing well.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission says fishermen need to take more 10- to 14-inch largemouth bass out of Lake Cammack and Lake Holt to give fish a better chance to get to this size. Bass regs change on Lake Cammack, Lake Holt
2040 Views - Posted: August 08, 2012 at 9:56 am
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a new black bass regulation for two Piedmont lakes effective Aug. 1.

Anglers fishing for largemouth bass at Lake Cammack in Alamance County and Lake Holt in Granville County can now keep up to 10 fish per day with no minimum size limit. But only two bass may be greater than 14 inches.

Hunters can target coyotes and feral hogs at night under a rule that took effect Aug. 1. Night-hunting of coyotes, feral swine now legal in North Carolina
3293 Views - Posted: August 07, 2012 at 2:47 pm
Temporary rules that allow hunting coyotes and feral swine at night with a light on private lands went into effect Aug. 1 in North Carolina.