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Anglers try the spawning flat in Bush Creek for Jordan Lake crappies. Slabs in all three Raleigh-Durham area reservoirs are moving into and out of the shallows.
Crappie spawning in waves on Raleigh-Durham area's three big lakes
463 Views - Posted: April 15 at 4:53 pm

It began as a trickle four weeks ago, but now the crappie spawn is coming in waves each day at the Raleigh-Durham area’s top big reservoirs: Jordan, Falls of the Neuse and Shearon Harris.


Workers dispose of some of the 150,000 rainbow trout killed in an incident involving vandalism on April 4 at the Armstrong Fish Hatchery. Three McDowell County men were arrested Monday in connection with the event. Three Marion men arrested in vandalism of fish hatchery
1350 Views - Posted: April 14 at 12:23 pm

Three men from Marion were arrested on Monday and charged in the April 4 vandalism of the Armstrong Fish Hatchery in McDowell County that resulted in the killing of more than 150,000 rainbow trout.


Trout are raised in hatcheries and stocked in hopes that they’ll wind up on an angler’s dinner table. April is new beginning
100 Views - Posted: April 13 at 9:00 am

I’m old enough to remember when the trout season on hatchery-supported streams closed in the fall and remained closed until the first Saturday in April. That was before I began fishing wild trout streams, so opening day was a special event. A group of us, mostly newspaper types, would open the fishing season on Santeetlah Creek in Graham County, staying in a 100-year-old, mice-infested cabin on upper Santeetlah. We would arrive late Friday afternoon and spend the evening drinking vintage bourbon, playing nickel-dime poker and telling fish stories.


A Trilene knot will work for stripers and big catfish, but only with certain line tests. Know your knots and tie them correctly before targeting big cats, stripers
698 Views - Posted: April 09 at 6:43 am

With spring here and summer approaching, more and more anglers will be targeting stripers and magnum-size catfish in North Carolina’s rivers and lakes, and an important part of landing big fish without fear of losing them is understanding the best knots and line strengths and how those two factors are related. Few things in fishing are more frustrating than battling a big-shouldered fish, only to lose it when a knot falls apart.


Workers at Armstrong Fish Hatchery in McDowell County clean up some of the 150,000 rainbow trout killed after the hatchery was vandalized this past Saturday. Commission trying to make up for 150,000 trout killed after hatchery is vandalized
1573 Views - Posted: April 08 at 6:55 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is exploring a lot of options as it attempts to replace around 150,000 trout that died after vandalism at the agency’s Armstrong Fish Hatchery in McDowell County over Easter weekend.


Crappie are being caught in 10 to 15 feet of water in Hyco Lake by fishermen tightlining live minnows. Hyco fishing is behind schedule, but crappie are starting to break out
521 Views - Posted: April 01 at 3:19 pm

It’s been a long winter and cold spring, putting fishing behind on most Piedmont lakes, but at Hyco Lake, crappie fishing is finally catching up.


Fishermen are catching plenty of keeper striped bass and an occasional largemouth in the lower section of the Roanoke River. Good numbers of stripers still biting in lower section of Roanoke River
916 Views - Posted: March 26 at 12:57 pm

Joey VanDyke of Fingeance Sportfishing Charters said the striper action is really good in the lower Roanoke Rive, and it continues to get better. VanDyke has been fishing from Jamesville downriver to the edge of Albemarle Sound and is finding good numbers of fish in many locations. He said the stripers are staging in deeper holes along the river as they work their way upstream to spawn. They rest and feed for a few days and, as the river rises, head upstream again.


Crappie are moving out of deep water at Lake Tillery, getting into range of most fishermen. Sunny days bringing crappie into Lake Tillery shallows
1563 Views - Posted: March 25 at 5:26 pm

April fishing is busting out all over at Lake Tillery. That’s how Rodney Crisco at  Joe’s Bait & Tackle in Albemarle described conditions at the Yadkin River reservoir as the last few days of March flip off the calendar.


Guide Shannon Miller said striped bass are responding well to warmer water on Lake Norman. Lake Norman stripers blasting trolled Alabama rigs
1227 Views - Posted: March 18 at 6:45 am

There's a large sign on the concrete dam at Lake Norman's Marshall Steam Station. Duke Energy makes it clear to "KEEP OFF," but your journey isn't over when you reach the forbidding message. See the sign and you know you’ve reached the spot for large striped bass.


A few more warm days and slightly warmer water temperatures should bring Jordan Lake's crappie to the shallows. Jordan Lake crappie have made first big move out of deep water
1028 Views - Posted: March 17 at 6:34 am

Jordan Lake’s black crappies are migrating out of deep water and have reached staging areas for the coming spring spawn. Even though the heavy activity is a few days away, anglers such as guide Freddie Sinclair were catching slabs in 15 feet of water this past weekend.


Guide Richard Andrews can fish soft-plastic baits weedless with a Mission Fishing jighead. Use this unique weedless lure fix
124 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Guide Richard Andrews uses a unique way to create a weedless jighead for fishing creeks along the lower Roanoke River that are infested with bottom snags, usually cypress knees.


This striper from the Devils Gut area of the Roanoke River is a fine example of the age class that ‘s driven the fishery the past two years. Expect more, bigger stripers this year
168 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Fishermen had a great 2014 catching stripers on the Roanoke River, and the great spawn in 2011 should continue the good fishing this year. But those good times may not repeat the next few years.


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