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After several lean years, redfish have returned in good numbers to the upper Neuse River near New Bern. Redfish rebound!
79 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Alongside the Neuse River’s tackle-busting stripers are schools of equally voracious redfish, competing for the same food and or lure.


Casting to structure on windblown banks or points can often result in good catches of striped bass. The wind is your friend
67 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Freshwater bass anglers have long known the effectiveness of fishing windward points. The same holds true in many saltwater scenarios.


Rainbow trout are common, both wild and stocked, in many of North Carolina’s 3,000 miles of mountain trout streams. WNC Trout Primer
91 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

• North Carolina has more than 3,000 miles of trout waters, with the majority of those streams and rivers accessible from public highways. They begin roughly just west of Hickory and extend north and west to the Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia borders. Many streams are on public lands, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. In addition, Jackson County boasts the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, which includes 15 different streams.


Popular terrestrials, left to right: San Juan Worm, Black Ant, Japanese Beetle, Inchworm, Letort Cricket,, Chernobyl Ant, Ladybug, Joe’s Hopper and Jack Cabe Hopper. Summer: terrestrial time
162 Views - Posted: July 14 at 9:00 am

In the summer, when insect hatches are sparse, trout depend more on what falls into the water than what hatches in it. Terrestrials, or land-based insects, make up the bulk of a trout’s diet from early summer until first frost. Terrestrials include various beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, worms, bees, ants, cicadas, fireflies, damselflies, crane flies and just about any other insect that flies crawls or hops. If it’s an insect that a trout will eat, fly shops will have dozens of different patterns that imitate them, both floating and sinking versions.


It's not always what's around a pier that makes it a fish magnet, but where it's located. Magic piers? The key is location, location, location
928 Views - Posted: July 03 at 10:40 am

Each year, Mr. Y sweetens his pier like a professional gardener. He strategically sinks around it brush treated with fish attractants, thins the brush out to limit snags, and leaves pockets within the vegetation to dunk his minnows and jigs. He’s rewarded with a scant number of puny crappie. Less than 50 yards away, his neighbor, Mr. Z waddles down to his pier, plunks his posterior in an easy chair and catches crappie after crappie. Mr. Y shakes his head and wonders why.


Joshua Franklin shows off his surprise catch: a walleye caught while fishing for catfish in Lake Hickory. Walleye is surprise catch for Lake Hickory anglers
1287 Views - Posted: July 02 at 7:19 am

Two Claremont men reeled in a big surprise on Lake Hickory a month ago, but it was no surprise to biologists. Joshua Franklin caught a walleye while fishing at night for catfish with his friend, Evan Hendershot.


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84 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

It's hard to beat Falls of the Neuse and Badin lakes for summer bass-fishing action, while speckled trout make summer inshore fishing great at Carolina Beach and Sneads Ferry.


Ashley King makes a habit of targeting striped bass in the Neuse River near New Bern with topwater plugs. Hot on top - Neuse River stripers are suckers for topwater plugs in the year’s hottest months
234 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

New Bern is home to some of North Carolina’s richest history, and hungriest stripers. Although commonly cast as a passive player on the summer fishing scene, the striped bass of the Neuse River are jumping at the chance to change their reputation by crushing topwater plugs and other lures when the sun is high and the heat is on.  


Fish terrestrials anywhere you would fish a dry fly or nymph. Keep summer trout hoppin’
284 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

Picturesque streams in North Carolina’s mountains pour down from higher elevations, and often, they have a trout lurking behind every rock and gravel bar and under every undercut bank, waiting for something tasty to flow across their dinner plate. 


Jeff Smith's 4-pound, 1-ounce kokanee salmon, caught June 11 from Nantahala Lake, is the new state record for that unusual species. State-record kokanee salmon from Nantahala Lake is confirmed
3110 Views - Posted: June 30 at 8:42 am

A Mills River man has broken the state record for kokanee salmon. Jeff Smith’s 4-pound, 1-ounce fish, caught from Nantahala Lake on June 11, was verified by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and certified this past Friday.


Deep, clear Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains is producing plenty of trout and bass - and fishermen don't have to brave the heat to catch them. Fontana Lake offers great escape from the heat for fishermen
1315 Views - Posted: June 23 at 7:19 am

Anglers wishing to escape the early arriving summer heat don’t have many options — except mountain lakes in western North Carolina – and one of the best is Fontana Lake, where the fishing is providing plenty of action.


Use the right bait and the right hook to land big stripers during the summer. Live bait is the way to go for summer stripers on North Carolina lakes
1276 Views - Posted: June 20 at 12:43 pm

It’s hard to beat live bait when it comes to striper fishing, and Colt Bass, who guides on Lake Hickory and Lake Rhodhiss, said anglers need to bring the real deal when chasing stripers, especially as the summer action heats up.


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