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Jeff Manning's 82-pound blue catfish, caught Jan. 24, is the unofficial lake record for the species from Lake Wylie. Gastonia angler lands unofficial lake record blue catfish from Lake Wylie  Video Included
2516 Views - Posted: January 27 at 6:37 am

What started out as a trip to the lake to test his outboard motor after some routine maintenance ended up being the fishing trip of a lifetime for Gastonia, N.C., angler Jeff Manning when he hauled an 82-pound blue catfish into his boat on Saturday, Jan. 24, that is believed to be the biggest ever taken at Lake Wylie on the North Carolina-South Carolina border.


Guide Joel Richardson believes that great catches of striped bass this winter prove that the fishery at Buggs Island is recovering well. Great striper bite at Kerr/Buggs isn't slowing down
523 Views - Posted: January 26 at 12:31 pm

Call it Kerr Reservoir or call it Buggs Island Lake, it doesn’t make much of a difference to fishermen who are experiencing great striped bass action on the 49,500-acre impoundment along the North Carolina-Virginia border.


Two fly-tying clinics are scheduled for the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education next month. Commission schedules two fly-tying clinics for February
527 Views - Posted: January 21 at 10:13 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two fly-tying clinics next month through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard. Both clinics are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are open to anyone ages 12 to adult.


North Carolinaís delayed-harvest trout streams provide fishermen with unique angling opportunities. Why delayed harvest?
644 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Jacob Rash, a fisheries biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in Marion, explained the rationale for delayed harvest.†


A great year-class of stripers spawned in 2011 is making for excellent winter fishing in the lower Roanoke River. Stripers in lower Roanoke River are biting up a storm
1602 Views - Posted: January 14 at 8:50 pm

Although the weather outside may be frightful, lower Roanoke River winter striper fishing has hit its stride.


Anglers are landing good-size striped bass in deep water at Lake Hickory by using rainbow trout as live baits. Cold weather hasn't slowed down striper bite at Lake Hickory
801 Views - Posted: January 13 at 6:31 pm

When cold winter weather blankets North Carolina, freshwater fishing prospects usually falter, but fishermen who are braving the conditions at Lake Hickory are being rewarded with striped bass.


Tying flies to replace ones youíve lost or simply adding new patterns is a great task for too-cold-to-fish days. Donít waste the winter
375 Views - Posted: January 12 at 9:00 am

January and February usually are the harshest months, with cold, ice and snow, but the sun shines frequently enough, even in the dead of winter, to provide pleasant fishing respites from the cold. On those gloomy days when you can’t go fishing, take a little time to prepare for the times when you can. Being prepared often can make the difference in an enjoyable fishing outing or a frustrating one.


More and bigger hybrid bass are showing up in the creels of Lake Norman fishermen; the bite over the past several weeks has been excellent. Lake Norman anglers welcome great cold-weather hybrid bite
861 Views - Posted: January 08 at 7:36 am

Lake Norman’s fishery has changed for the better, according to one guide, and the winter bite is showing exactly how, with a lot of hybrid bass being caught from the 32,510-acre reservoir on the Catawba River.


Gracen Melhorn, 8, from Cramerton, caught this 60-pound, 9-ounce blue catfish on New Year's Day. He and his father were fishing South Carolina's Lake Wateree. Cramerton youngster decks huge blue catfish on New Year's Day trip
1051 Views - Posted: January 06 at 7:38 am

An “horrible day of fishing” is how Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton described a New Year’s Day catfishing trip to South Carolina’s Lake Wateree. During the outing, he and his 8-year-old son, Gracen, only got six bites. Fortunately for the Gracen Melhorn, one of those bites was from a blue catfish that tipped the scales at 60 pounds, 9 ounces.


In part because of the variety of opportunities is provides anglers and its overall qualities, the Nantahala River is considered one of the nationís top trout streams. Winter trout? No delays here!
442 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

The Nantahala River in North Carolina’s southwestern corner has a well-deserved reputation for outstanding trout fishing †having been listed among the country’s top 100 trout streams by Trout Unlimited.


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60 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

Hit the water this month for great bass fishing on Lake Hyco and schooling redfish action near Sneads Ferry.


Gill lice have been discovered in brook trout in Cullasaja River headwater streams, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is plenty concerned. Gill lice found in brook trout in Cullasaja River headwaters streams
1087 Views - Posted: December 22, 2014 at 7:26 am

Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking for anglers’ assistance after gill lice were found on brook trout in several headwater streams of the Cullasaja River in Macon County.†


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