Freshwater Fishing

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Catch catfish in the creek - Contentnea Creek is a hidden catfish gem in eastern North Carolina

Hidden in North Carolina’s coastal plain, Contentnea Creek is unknown to most fishermen, but locals know it well and consider it a treasure. After all, the name Contentnea is derived from a Native American phrase meaning “fish passing by.”

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Pick up on pikin’ in North Carolina’s Lumber River

The Lumber River forms the boundary between Robeson and Columbus counties and cuts across the North Carolina-South Carolina border. While geographically important, the true value of the river is that it is the lifeblood of local anglers because its floodplain creates habitats that support many fish species.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Striped bass regulations vary across North Carolina

Striped bass regulations vary according to the body of water across North Carolina, including five distinct areas along the coast. 

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Roanoke River striper fishing without boats

Fishermen without boats don’t have to miss out on the spring striper run in the Roanoke River. Working with local county and municipal governments, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission was awarded several federal grants to construct fishing piers and riverbank parks for fishermen without boats. 

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Beware of rock snot - Unwanted algae shows up in WNC streams

Something nasty this way comes — to paraphrase novelist Ray Bradbury — an alga called “rock snot” that creates carpet-like mats on stream bottoms, smothering aquatic organisms that trout and other fish depend on for sustenance.

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April 12 at 9:00 am
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Rockwell angler catches potential state-record white crappie

Fishermen can speculate on the whereabouts of the next state-record white crappie, but at least one person knows where one such fish lives. 

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April 11 at 7:54 pm
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Clemmons husband and wife catch trophy catfish, win money

Donald Pope and his wife Lucille Pope reeled in two nice Catfish weighing 94 and 62 pounds on the Diversion Canal last week. Not only did they both set new personal records for themselves, but they also took home some money in the Big Fish Big Bucks Fishing Derby on Santee Cooper.

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April 10 at 10:26 pm
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Navigate North Carolina’s stream of stripers

Striped bass are one of the success stories of fishery management, and their spring spawning run up the Roanoke River is the jewel in North Carolina’s crown. 

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Angler catches new N.C. record brown bullhead catfish

Mitchell McConnell was fishing in Greenfield Lake in Wilmington, N.C. when earlier this month, and he broke the Tarheel State’s brown bullhead record with a 4-pounder he caught with live bait.

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March 29 at 10:42 am
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Roanoke River guide shares tips for catching more and bigger stripers

Mondays are my favorite days to fish the Roanoke in spring. Every Monday, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries do their electrofishing survey.  I usually take a Monday or two off from guiding clients around the first of May, and follow them around and shoot video for them. 

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March 29 at 12:17 am
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Hatchery-supported trout waters opening April 2

April 2 marks the beginning of trout season for North Carolina’s approximately 1,000 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters across 25 counties in the western part of the state. Anglers can begin fishing that day at 7 a.m., and the season runs through Feb. 28 of next year.

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March 23 at 12:22 pm
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White perch: the best bait for Lake Wylie catfish

In the span of 30 years, the white perch’s range has increased from coastal rivers to just about every freshwater reservoir and river drainage in the Carolinas. Biologists suspect natural migrations did occur, but most likely, fish had help from anglers in moving across solid boundaries.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Kerr stripers, bass are islanders

A big reason that guide Joel Richardson fishes Kerr Lake’s northern creeks and coves near the dam for stripers and largemouth bass in February and March are the many islands surrounded by deep-water channels that serve as highways for those two species.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Kerr is better the second time around

Kerr Reservoir was one of the best striped and largemouth bass lakes in the country for 25 years after the lake opened for public use in 1952.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Tar River Reservoir has history of record-breaking white crappie

In 2010, two Nashville, N.C. anglers set state records for white crappie at Tar River Reservoir. 

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Jig size may matter more than color to crappie, veteran angler says.

Selecting the correct jig size depends on the conditions, with wind and water depth major players.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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