Freshwater Fishing

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A fisher’s primer on flies

Fishers have been fooling trout into taking artificial flies since the days of ancient Macedonia — and probably much longer — and that practice has changed very little in the intervening years.

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N. Wilkesboro angler catches 70-pound catfish at Blewett Falls

When guide Robbie Burr of Wadesboro prepares for a catfish charter, he gives his clients the choice of filling their coolers with eating-size fish or spending the day chasing trophies, and that decision tells him where they’re fishing. While angling for magnum cats usually means a trip to to the Pee Dee River, his party got the best of both worlds on February 8th when client Craig Bennett of North Wilkesboro caught and released an unexpected 70-pound blue catfish in Burr’s fish fry honey hole, Blewett Falls Lake.

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Yesterday at 11:28 pm
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Catch a variety of species on Fontana with these tips

The fishing is good on Lake Fontana, and one of the best reasons to fish there now is that everything in the lake is biting. Even if you’re going there targeting one specific species, you’re all but guaranteed to catch that species and more.

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February 10 at 9:51 am
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Top tips for catching walleye from Fontana Lake

With bait-bucket stocking of alewives, white perch and spotted bass in many reservoirs in western North Carolina, fishing for walleye, long a local favorite, has taken a nosedive. Walleye eat alewives, which carry an enzyme that keeps walleye from being able to form eggs, and those fish that do drop a cluster of eggs get to watch the white perch eat them. And if the eggs ever hatch, the aggressive spots are there to eat the fingerlings.

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January 28 at 10:42 pm
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Crank up more crappie

Kenny Allen doesn’t begin to claim he’s one of the crappie pros who first hit on trolling crankbaits for big slabs, but he said he’s smart enough to know when a technique is worth using — and in January in many Southeastern reservoirs, dropping a half-dozen crankbaits behind your boat and pulling them along at various depths is a very productive way to put cold-water slabs in the boat.

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January 20 at 4:18 pm
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Tag big catfish for tell-tail information

Jeff Manning and Dieter Melhorn are staunch believers in tagging and releasing their larger catfish. The tags, obtained through the Catawba Catfish Club, are numbered to identify the fish and have contact info to report recaptures to share information. 

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Lake Wylie’s catfish from a biological perspective

It’s one thing to have fishermen tout a lake as being great for a certain species, but taking a look from a scientific and biological perspective adds depth to that analysis.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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The catfish graph shows all

Dieter Melhorn said the above graph represents 13-pound and larger catfish caught each year, depicted in different colors. The length of the bar represents the average number of fish caught per day that were 13 pounds or larger. 

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Planer boards adapt well for striped bass

Maynard Edwards is one of North Carolina’s supreme tinkerers when it comes to discovering new and effective fishing techniques.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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In January, think cold for long-lining Badin Lake crappie

Although long-line trolling is the goal when suspended crappie are the target, it is always possible that a mild December or a series of warm fronts could cause crappie to hang up in the deep brush they’ve been calling home rather than transitioning to open water. 

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Tight-line for tough Badin Lake crappie

“l’ll do whatever I need to do to catch crappie in winter,” said guide Maynard Edwards, and if January turns off bitter cold, that might just mean chasing them all the way to the bottom of Badin Lake. 

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Shooting docks now easier for crappie anglers

The term “shooting docks” might sound like a duck hunting term, but it’s actually a well-known fishing technique among crappie anglers throughout the Carolinas. Despite the name, no firearms are involved.

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January 12 at 4:45 pm
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Don’t you dare delay - Delayed-harvest is a winter angler’s dream

If you want to catch good numbers of trout in the winter, head for a delayed-harvest stream. These streams are heavily stocked in October and November, and fishing remains good throughout the cold months. Streams are stocked again for the spring season beginning in March, and some stockings continue through early summer.

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January 12 at 9:00 am
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Wylie’s Cool Cats are the ticket this month at Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie, which straddles the border between North Carolina and South Carolina, has developed into one of the premier catfishing reservoirs for both states. Based on research from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this already highly productive lake is still in the “boom” stage.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Artificial alternative - There’s an alternative to live bait for High Rock Lake’s winter stripers

Being a self-effacing guy, Maynard Edwards smiled when he recalled how once upon a January he stumbled across a new way to catch striped bass at High Rock Lake.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Thaw out Badin slabs - Cold weather doesn’t stop hot crappie fishing on North Carolina’s Badin Lake this month

To say that a January morning is brisk can be an understatement, but with any luck,  the frost will give way to sunshine and biting fish. At Badin Lake on the Yadkin River chain, hungry and healthy crappie will most likely be holding tight to baitfish schools, hovering over deep-water creeks and coves, where long-line trolling a dragnet of jigs is the most efficient way to fill your 20-fish limit.  

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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