Guide Richard Andrews loves the kind of action he gets from striped bass in the lower Roanoke River and its tributaries before the spring spawning run opens up. Ready for Roanoke rocks? The lower end of North Carolinaís Roanoke River is full of striped bass this month
38 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Some angler think striper fishing in the Roanoke River begins around March 1 each year, because that’s when the keeper season opens on the Roanoke River and in the Albemarle Sound.

Guide Scott Cunningham lifts a net full of brown trout from the special-regulations section of the  upper Catawba River. Brown is beautiful - Upper Catawba River below Lake James is a trophy brown trout stream
94 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

A pickup towing a trailer carrying two inflatable boats pulled into the parking lot of the Bridgewater Public Fishing Access Area downstream from one of the two dams that impounds Lake James. A cold, rainy morning is not most what most fly-fishermen call ideal, but Scott Cunningham of Marion was excited about being on the water.

Rod Kingís best Falls of Neuse crappie are usually caught in late February and March. Spring slabs? Donít be late! At Falls of Neuse Lake, itís the early angler that catches the crappie. Donít wait for April. March is madness!
24 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Popular opinion among many fishermen is that April is the best month to catch crappie because fish are heading for shorelines to spawn and are susceptible to jigs and live minnows.

Ed Duke of Concord tight-lines jigs and minnows vertically next to his boat to sack big stringers of spring crappie. Spring slab triple play - Try to turn this triple play on prespawn crappie. You wonít need to do anything else
39 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

March ushers in what most anglers consider to be prime crappie season, a time when the weather and the fish can have you running for the bank one day, then backing off and fishing deep water the next. Unfortunately, the same tactics and techniques don’t relate very well to those two extremes. The fisherman †who can assess the situation and choose the proper approach is more likely to do some “spring cleaning” than one who expects crappie to bite the same way in the same places throughout the month.

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32 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

March brings out some great spring fishing for reds on the coast, but don't forget that it's also the peak of crappie fishing.

Keeper season for striped bass in the Roanoke River opens on Sunday, March 1, running through April 30. Commission will open Roanoke River keeper striped bass season March 1
713 Views - Posted: February 26 at 12:30 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest on Sunday, March 1. The season will remain open through April 30 unless closed or extended through proclamation.†

Crappie are a great target for winter trips on days when the weather cooperates. Paddle up a winter slab
220 Views - Posted: February 26 at 9:00 am

The day was projected, according to weather forecasters, to be as beautiful as a winter day could be. Slight winds with a mid-day high in the lower 50s did not seem unbearable. After all, deer season had ended, ducks prefer the nastiest weather Mother Nature can create, and no one wants to miss spending this day in the outdoors.

Nice crappie have already moved toward the backs of Kerr Lake's major creeks, and all it will take is a little warm weather to get their appetites cranked up. Kerr Lake slabs already moving back into big creeks, waiting for warm weather
1627 Views - Posted: February 25 at 6:48 am

The arctic blast that swallowed up much of North Carolina may have frozen crappie in their tracks, but rest assured the clock is ticking on a big move to shallower water before the spawn. Guide Chris Bullock of Fountain is already finding fish staging in the backs of major creeks on Kerr Lake, and he’s ready to start spider-rigging as soon as warmer weather returns.

Most fishermen have all they need to build a homemade downrigger in their tackle box or shop. Hold onto that hard-earned money; make your own downrigger
988 Views - Posted: February 18 at 7:14 am

With striped bass, hybrid bass, spotted bass and white bass in many North Carolina lakes, downriggers have become standard equipment to get baits down to these open-water fish, but they aren’t a poor-man’s fishing tool, with most systems costing more than $200. To fish deep without going into debt, consider a do-it-yourself downrigger that can be assembled in about 20 minutes with materials likely at hand.†

The Davidson River is know for producing some trophy trout in the section close to the Pisgah Forest Hatchery. Stay warm and dry on a winter stream
367 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

With water temperatures likely to be in the 30- to 40-degree range through February, staying warm and dry are crucial to enjoy ingmountain trout fishing.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission sold more than 92,000 trout-fishing permits in 2013. Mountain trout are North Carolinaís most sought-after fish
376 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

If a contestant on “Jeopardy” buzzed in first after getting the club “The most sought-after fish by North Carolina anglers,” the response would probably be a question involving largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, flounder, red drum or spotted sea-trout.

Biologists believe Jordan Lakeís crappie are rebounding quite well and not in need of any new size or creel limits. Should Jordan Lake get new crappie limit?
419 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

The Jordan Lake crappie kill in 2011 also nearly ruined fishing at nearby Shearon Harris Lake last year — at least that’s what guide Freddie Sinclair of Clayton believes.