|Lower Roanoke River striper fishing has been off the charts
513 Views - Posted: March 07 at 6:01 am
Capt. Richard Andrews, of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Washington said striper fishing in the lower Roanoke River hasn’t slowed from its hectic pace of before the keeper season opened, and now fishermen can take home some fish for dinner if they want.
|Hot-hole effects driving good Lake Norman fishing
246 Views - Posted: March 06 at 6:00 am
With winter clinging to North Carolina like a deacon’s grip on a collection plate on Sunday morning, fishing success comes to anglers mostly in the forms of dreams — except at lakes that receive infusions of hot water. Take Lake Norman, for example.
|Commission plans women's fly-fishing clinic for March 22.
124 Views - Posted: March 05 at 6:01 am
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program will offer a basic fly-fishing skills workshop on March 22 at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.
|Blue catfish bite is on fire at Badin Lake
513 Views - Posted: March 04 at 6:01 am
If fishermen want to feel something really big at the other end of their lines, they should plan a trip to Badin Lake, which has been spitting out big blue cats with regularity lately.
|Slab royalty - Is Jordan Lake the king of North Carolina’s crappie mountain once again?
180 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Fishermen have lamented for two years, wondering what happened to B. Everett Jordan Lake, one of North Carolina’s best reservoirs for crappie.
At about the time that biologists figured it what caused a 2011 fish kill on the 13,940-acre impoundment on the Haw River and New Hope Creek, anglers started to report that things were back on track, and that’s great news for guide Freddie Sinclair of Clayton.
“I’ve been fishing Jordan Lake since (it was) flooded it in 1981,” said guide Freddie Sinclair of Clayton. “I was working at the N.C. State veterinarian school in 1981, and me and a friend used to come over here and fish for bass. About 1988 I started fishing it seriously for crappie.
|Feelin’ blue at Badin Lake
154 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Peering through the first of rays of sunlight across the glassy surface of Badin Lake, it’s a little difficult to fully comprehend how many huge blue catfish are swimming around in the lake, one of a handful of Piedmont reservoirs on the Yadkin River. Chris Hammill of Hammill Outdoor Adventures had plans to make introductions to several of them.
“My buddy that left us bait; (he) fished last night, and said they didn’t generate at Tuckertown, so there wasn’t any flow and he didn’t catch anything,” Hammill said. “One of the big keys to catching fish here is moving water, and it has to come through the dam for that. Since they didn’t generate last night, they probably will today, and we’ll be up here pretty close to the dam to take advantage as soon as the water begins moving.
|Unknown Slab Heaven - Blewett Falls Lake is North Carolina’s best unknown crappie fishery
173 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
It’s hard to believe that a major public reservoir with a fantastic fishery exists with hardly anyone knowing about it. In today’s world of high technology — sonar units practically detect fish at the push of a button, internet sites broadcast the day’s fishing results in an instant and a fisherman can pick up a cell phone and tell another one, “Hey, I’m on ’em” — no place is safe.
Some fishermen have never heard of Blewett Falls Reservoir, while others swear by it. Ed Duke of Concord believes that, on certain days, Blewett Falls is the best lake in the state for crappie, especially when slabs begin staging to enter the prespawn in late winter and early spring.
|Marker buoys are big help
95 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
White Lake has very little bottom structure to attract or hold concentrations of fish concentrations. The lake is also so shallow that a depth finder cone is extremely small in diameter. Even side-scan sonar can have difficulty in making out fish signals in shallow, vegetation-filled water. Therefore, Butch Foster resorts to old-school technology when trying to locate fish.
When he gets a strike, Foster tosses out a marker float. By circling an area while trolling or casting, the locations of the various strikes can be marked using floats in different colors, which make it easier to duplicate the trolling or casting direction that was most productive.
|Pliers can save your skin
101 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
When fishing at White Lake, anglers should have a mechanical means of safely removing small, sharp treble hooks from fish. Using a hemostat or pair of pliers is the best way to remove a lure because it keeps bare fingers safely away.
Chain pickerel have rows of sharp teeth, and yellow perch have spines on their gill covers and fins. A yellow perch is very animated and has few places for an angler to grab it safely because of its sharp defenses. A lure with treble hooks rattling around its mouth makes either of these fish even more difficult to control safely.
111 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
The following streams are in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s delayed-harvest program:
Alleghany County: Little River (Whitehead to 275 yards downstream of the intersection of SR 1128 and SR 1129;
Ashe County: Big Horse Creek (SR 1324 Bridge to North Fork New River), Helton Creek (Virginia state line to New River), South Fork New River (Todd Island Park), Trout Lake;
Burke County: Jacob Fork (Shinny Creek to lower South Mountains State Park boundary);
|Favorite delayed-harvest streams
86 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
Kevin Howell, the owner of Davidson River Outfitters, recommends four delayed-harvest streams as his favorites among those designated as such by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Howell, who has been fishing delayed-harvest streams since the program began in 1992, likes the North Fork of the Mills River in Henderson County, the East Fork French Broad River in Transylvania County, the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County and the Green River in Polk County.
“The delayed-harvest program allows the (Commission) to reclaim water for trout fishing that may not support trout throughout the year,” he said. “It also provides a great opportunity for anglers to be very successful in their fishing. The delayed-harvest streams are stocked at a much-higher density than the regular streams. Today, we are seeing a lot more anglers due to the popularity of the program, which has been great for the towns that depend on tourism.”
|Hazel Creek trout fishing
152 Views - Posted: February 12 at 9:00 am
At some time or other, anyone who claims to be a mountain trout fisher makes his or her way to Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to pay homage to one of the South’s most celebrated trout streams.
Call it a pilgrimage, if you will, for Hazel Creek is a sacred place — remote, beautiful, accessible only by boat or foot, a stream that truly lives up to its legend. Horace Kephart once lived on a fork of this stream, until the loggers and miners ran him out. Hazel was a favorite of Granville Calhoun and Mark Cathey, two of the most-celebrated trout fishers in the Great Smokies.
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