Freshwater Fishing


Hiddenite teen catches 82-pound catfish at Santee Cooper

When Anthony Miller and his family decided to come to Santee Cooper Country for the first time, they expected to catch a handful of keepers to take back to their home in Hiddenite, North Carolina. But when his 17-year-old son, Logan, wrestled an 82-pound Arkansas Blue into Guide Linwood Thornhill’s boat, a fantastic trip out of Black’s Camp turned into an epic adventure.

November 25 at 2:51 pm

Fish with slower presentation during cold spells

In the winter, when steams are icy cold and hatches are fewer, trout feed more below the surface than above. The action may be slower and less exciting than dry-fly fishing, but the quality of the fish usually is just as good. Fish have to eat regardless of the weather or stream conditions.

November 12 at 9:00 am

Fly anglers catching multiple species on uppermost reach of Neuse River

I’m not a fly fisherman, but when EJ Stern of Raleigh Flyfishing invited me along to sample the fly fishing on the uppermost reaches of the Neuse River, I gladly accepted. I figured if I was going to go fly fishing for the first time, I might as well do it in an unlikely place to fly fish. I’m glad I went.

November 05 at 11:36 pm

Pro tips for landing slab crappie on Jordan Lake in the fall

The only question about catching crappie at Jordan Lake these days might be, “Push or pull?”

The fall crappie bite on Jordan, one of North Carolina’s most-renowned lakes for big slabs, is on — in spades. Tournament pro Kenny Allen of Brown Summit has sampled the bite twice in the last week, and he’s limited out both times: 20 fish at least 10 inches long.

October 30 at 1:31 pm

Charlotte angler catches 70.83-pound catfish at Mountain Island Lake

Charlotte’s Evan Martin spent a long day of fishing on Oct 24 at Mountain Island Lake that began so tough that he had trouble even catching bait. He stuck to it though, and halfway through the day, he caught a monster blue catfish that tipped the scales at 70.83-pounds. It was the first of seven fish he landed on the day, with three of them going over 30-pounds.

October 27 at 10:01 am

Tuckertown flathead bite on fire for anglers who find the current

When Stanley Correll of Catawba Lakes Guide Service reported a tremendous catch of 53 flathead catfish up to 60 pounds from Tuckertown Lake this past Sunday, he predicted the bite might last through Thanksgiving.

For at least one day this week, he was correct. On Wednesday, on a 4 1/2-hour trip to Tuckertown, Correll’s party of three fishermen boated 45 more flatheads, including three in the 35-pound class, a handful more in the 20-pound class and dozens of fish between 5 and 15 pounds.

October 22 at 11:25 pm

Duo boats 55 catfish at Tuckertown Lake, including a 60-pounder

A fishing trip that almost didn’t happen wound up being the best in a Lenoir guide’s long career. On Oct. 18, Stanley Correll of Catawba Lakes Guide Service, nearly cancelled a trip when two buddies cancelled out at the last minute, but his decision to head to Tuckertown Lake to target flathead catfish action worked out.

Correll and buddy Joe Montelongo of Morganton didn’t get on the water at the 2,600-acre reservoir on the Yadkin River until after noon, but by the time they ran out of bait at 10 p.m., they had landed 55 catfish: an 8-pound channel, a 12-pound blue and 53 flatheads. Their biggest flathead was a 60-pounder that Montelongo wrestled over the railing of Correll’s pontoon boat. The long-time guide said he and Montelongo caught two fish between 40 and 50 pounds, three more between 30 and 40, and a total of 28 fish that weighed at least 20 pounds.

October 19 at 7:24 pm

Davidson County 5-year old sets new IGFA catfish record

A Davidson County kindergarten student is a world-record holder after the International Game Fishing Association certified his catch of a 28-pound, 8-ounce flathead catfish in July at High Rock Lake as the world record for that species in the 50-pound line class.†

Luke Harvell, 5, of Lexington, caught the fish at around 1 a.m. on July 19, fishing with his father, Ricky, close to the NC 8 boating access area of High Rock.

October 19 at 8:50 am

Summer scouting equals fall fish

Dylan Fulk said that bass fisherman can get a head start on great fall fishing during the summer.†

October 15 at 7:00 am

If itís brown, itís down

In early October, fall arrives in the mountains with the first dull-red coloring of sourwood, dogwood, and sumac leaves. By the middle of the month, the mountains are ablaze with color, and according to forecasts, this fall promises to be a spectacular color season.†

October 12 at 9:00 am

Rainbow trout being stocked in Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park is getting a boost to its lake on Oct 12. The NCWRC and the NC State Parks Commission is stocking 1200 catchable-size rainbow trout. This is the second stocking of rainbow trout in the lake, and it offers anglers the unique opportunity of catching trout in an area other than traditional trout waters.†

The earlier rainbow trout stocking took place in April, and the NCWRC reported it as an instant highlight for anglers, said NCWRC Fisheries Biologist Kin Hodges.

October 12 at 6:38 am

Bryson City hosing Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival Oct 10

The Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival will take place this Saturday, Oct 10 in Bryson City on the Tuckaseegee River. This is the first such festival in what is planned to be a yearly event. From 9 AM to 5 PM, vendors will line up on Frye Street right at the train depot.

It’s a great time of year for the festival, as fall colors will paint the scenery of the mountainous terrain along the Tuckaseegee’s new 2.2-mile stretch of Delayed Harvest waters, and with this section having been stocked on Oct 7, anglers can demo rods in a real-world situation rather than in the parking lot of a tackle store.

October 09 at 10:45 am

New public fishing area opened in South Fork New River

North Carolina anglers have a new place to wet a line thanks to the opening of a new public access area in Watauga County on the South Fork New River. The area, dubbed Pine Run Public Fishing Area, came about through an effort between the NCWRC and High Country Pathways, a non-profit group that finds ways to make these type of properties a reality.

The fishing locale is about 5 miles east of Boone, and its location makes it ideal for bank fishing or as a launch or takeout point for small boat anglers. With other access points nearby, it can help anglers make short floats or long floats possible.

October 08 at 11:45 am

Neuse River bass hitting topwater flies

Fall weather is invading the Raleigh area, but it hasn’t pushed anglers like EJ Stern completely out of the area’s rivers. Stern, of Raleigh Flyfishing Guide service, said it won’t last much longer, but that right now, wet-wading is the way to go, especially in the Neuse River.

Stern has been catching a variety of species, with largemouth bass and bream making up the bulk of his catches. While the recent rains will impact the fishing on the Neuse for several days, the water levels have been low, so this shouldn’t hurt the fishing.†

October 06 at 6:45 am

Mountain Island blue cats will move shallow this month

Kevin Custer of Statesville knows where he’d go if he had to choose a favorite catfish lake today. “If I was gonna go somewhere to catch (blue) catfish, I’d go to MountainIsland or LakeNorman,” said Custer, the vice-president of NC-CATS, a North Carolina catfish tournament trail.

Mountain Island, a Duke Energy impoundement of 3,281 acres with 61 miles of shoreline, lies northwest of Charlotte, downstream from Lake Norman’s 32,475 acres on the Catawba River, separated by Cowan’s Ford Dam.

October 03 at 6:45 am

Fish fast for fall bass on Lake Tillery

Dylan Fulk had his trolling motor on high and his baitcasting rod in perpetual motion, firing casts at just about any piece of visible cover as he worked a bank in Lake Tillery’s Jacobs Creek.

Cast to a dock. Cast to a laydown. Cast to a stump. Cast to the edge of a grass bed. Cast. Cast. Cast.

October 01 at 7:00 am

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