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Fish all night for Blewett Falls catfish Find out the keys to catching Blewett Falls catfish
228 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 7:07 am

Anglers looking to catch good numbers of catfish are having the most luck at night in Blewett Falls Lake while using live shad for bait. Throughout most of the lake, keeping the bait on the bottom is producing the most fish, but trolling can be effective in some areas.

“We’re catching flatheads and blues, all on live shad. The water is hot, so you want to check your bait often, and make sure to keep fresh, lively shad on your hooks,” said guide Robbie Burr of Lilesville.


Crappie like this one are biting minnow-tipped jigs and Beetlespins Two fishing methods are catching Moss Lake crappie
247 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 2:33 pm

Moss Lake is giving up some nice-sized crappie, and in big numbers to anglers who don’t mind starting their day early. David Darby of Light Oak said going early and fishing in 12 to 15 feet of water is the trick to catching a limit of crappie before lunchtime. 

“I lived for 40 years right down the road from Moss Lake and never fished it, but I’ve been hearing reports on the crappie fishing for several years now, and decided to finally try it last fall. It was outstanding, and I am starting a little early this year, but I’ve been catching plenty as long as I start early and can keep my baits around brush in 12 to 15 feet of water,” said Darby.


Lake Norman’s flourishing population of spotted bass, being more oriented to open water,  are commonly caught around the lake’s new rock reefs. Rock around the clock for Lake Norman bass
122 Views - Posted: September 01 at 7:00 am

At 32,510 surface acres, Lake Norman is the largest impoundment entirely within North Carolina’s borders. Before it was impounded in 1963 the lake floor was cleared, eliminating a lot of potential cover for fish. But a handful of years ago, somebody thought to ask, if artificial reefs provide habitat and attract fish in saltwater, how about on North Carolina’s “inland sea.”


This flathead catfish has a mouth big enough swallow most any other fish in the Neuse River, maybe even angler Michael Paxinos. Cat Man Do - Big flathead catfish live in the narrow section of the upper Neuse River near Kinston in numbers that are worth noticing.
62 Views - Posted: September 01 at 7:00 am

The first thing you notices when you board Clinton Bardner’s 18-foot flat-bottom aluminum boat — besides a cinder block tied to a sturdy rope — is a landing net large enough to hold a  a 9- or 10-year-old kid.


Guide Zakk Royce said big blue catfish will often be suspended just above the thermocline when a lake stratifies during the summer. Gimme those baitfish crunchin' thermocline blues
1465 Views - Posted: August 30 at 9:34 pm

Contrary to popular belief, blue catfish are not just bottom-feeders.  Once the lowest layer of water is depleted of oxygen in late summer, big blues have to change their game plan. Guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro consistently puts them in the boat by suspending cut bait with slip bobbers. Follow his tips to dial in on the thermocline bite. 


D.J. Odom landed and released this 22-inch rainbow trout Aug. 24 from the Oconaluftee River. Wild-trout action in small mountain streams approaching top-drawer
1011 Views - Posted: August 27 at 3:06 pm

Trout anglers can experience good-to-great fishing now through November in North Carolina’s high country, according to a Bryson City guide.


Live and cut shad fished behind a planer board has produced plenty of High Rock channel cats in recent weeks for guide Maynard Edwards. Add planer boards to your catfishing repetoire, High Rock guide advises
611 Views - Posted: August 26 at 3:11 pm

Lexington’s Maynard Edwards, a veteran High Rock Lake guide, is always tinkering with new ideas to catch fish. This month, he came up with a doozy. I know a lot of people have started using planer boards to catch striped bass, but I think hardly anyone’s used planer boards for catfish — until now,” he said.


Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro caught this 81-pound blue catfish last Friday at Lake Gaston. Lake Gaston spits out another huge blue catfish
15566 Views - Posted: August 25 at 11:21 am

Refusing to be ignored as one of North Carolina's premier trophy catfish destinations, Lake Gaston unveiled another monster last Friday.  Shortly after breaking off one huge fish, Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro rallied his efforts to overpower a massive 81-pound blue cat that he released.


A segment of the movie “The Fugitive” starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones was filmed at Cheoah Dam, which has now become known as “Fugitive Dam” after the success of the movie. Familiar faces, unfamiliar places
49 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

The Cheoah Dam is a hydroelectric complex located in Graham and Swain counties. The Cheoah Development consists of a dam and powerhouse, the first of several constructed by the Tallassee Power Company, now owned by Brookfield Smoky Mountain Hydropower. The Cheoah project began in 1916 where the Little Tennessee River flowed through a narrow gorge, was completed in 1919 and is the oldest dam on the Little Tennessee River.  


Planer boards serve a variety of uses, whether free-lining spoons, tiny crankbaits or live bait. Getting the most from trolling planer boards
67 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Free-lining is a natural presentation of either live or live bait. Rigs can be as simple as a line with a hook on the end. The baits are then allowed to swim freely behind the boat, often with enough line out to allow the bait or lure to achieve its chosen depth. 


The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians has opened in Cherokee. Fly-fishing museum has opened in Cherokee
1206 Views - Posted: August 13 at 6:00 pm

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians opened last week in Cherokee, giving visitors a chance to learn about the history of fly-fishing in the Southeast.


Fishing small, backcountry streams is the key to successful, late-summer fishing. Adapt for August trout
563 Views - Posted: August 13 at 9:00 am

Late-summer trout fishing requires a slow hand, patience and endurance. Hatches are fewer, and as water temperatures rise, trout seek cooler places in streams: undercut or overgrown banks and deep pools. When water levels drop, as they often do in August, trout are easily spooked. 


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