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Waterfowling changes in Uwharrie New changes for waterfowl dates at Uwharrie
138 Views - Posted: 9 hours ago

The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission released a statement today informing watefowl hunters of changes to open hunting days in Uwharrie Game Land's Lewis Millpond waterfowl impoundment in Montgomery County. While this impoundment was previously open to hunting Monday through Saturday throughout past waterfowl seasons, this is not the case for the 2015-2016 seasons.

During non-holiday calendar weeks, hunting waterfowl on the impoundment will be open only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Waterfowling will also be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and the Martin Luther King Jr. holidays. Also, the impoundment will open to waterfowlers on the opening and closing days of each season.


Fish all night for Blewett Falls catfish Find out the keys to catching Blewett Falls catfish
194 Views - Posted: 15 hours ago

Anglers looking to catch good numbers of catfish are having the most luck at night in Blewett Falls Lake while using live shad for bait. Throughout most of the lake, keeping the bait on the bottom is producing the most fish, but trolling can be effective in some areas.

“We’re catching flatheads and blues, all on live shad. The water is hot, so you want to check your bait often, and make sure to keep fresh, lively shad on your hooks,” said guide Robbie Burr of Lilesville.


Crappie like this one are biting minnow-tipped jigs and Beetlespins Two fishing methods are catching Moss Lake crappie
239 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 2:33 pm

Moss Lake is giving up some nice-sized crappie, and in big numbers to anglers who don’t mind starting their day early. David Darby of Light Oak said going early and fishing in 12 to 15 feet of water is the trick to catching a limit of crappie before lunchtime. 

“I lived for 40 years right down the road from Moss Lake and never fished it, but I’ve been hearing reports on the crappie fishing for several years now, and decided to finally try it last fall. It was outstanding, and I am starting a little early this year, but I’ve been catching plenty as long as I start early and can keep my baits around brush in 12 to 15 feet of water,” said Darby.


Apply for your North Carolina permit-only waterfowl hunts before Oct 1. North Carolina waterfowlers have new opportunities for permit hunts
317 Views - Posted: September 01 at 11:06 am

With North Carolina’s waterfowl season right around the corner, now is the time for outdoorsmen to apply for permit waterfowl hunts. Oct 1 is the deadline for most of these hunts, and applications can be obtained from Wildlife Service Agents, online at the NC Wildlife website, or by calling (888) 248-6834 during normal business hours.

This season, the coastal region offers two new waterfowl hunting options. Thanks to the Wildlife Resource Commission’s Game Land Program, hunters have an additional tract of hunting land called the Texas Plantation Tract, which is located in Tyrrell County and governed by J. Morgan Futch Game Land. This adds six hunting blinds on waterfowl impoundments.


Using plastic worms to work the outer edges of submerged trees near deep water is a good tactic for catching summer largemouth bass. Summer bass may be deep, but look for shallower cover where they'll feed
297 Views - Posted: August 31 at 4:26 pm

During summer, largemouth bass on big impoundments usually hang out in deep, cool water where the oxygen level provides comfort. But another key to finding hot-weather bass is locating baitfish, usually threadfin shad, sunfish or small bluegills.


Guide Zakk Royce said big blue catfish will often be suspended just above the thermocline when a lake stratifies during the summer. Gimme those baitfish crunchin' thermocline blues
1447 Views - Posted: August 30 at 9:34 pm

Contrary to popular belief, blue catfish are not just bottom-feeders.  Once the lowest layer of water is depleted of oxygen in late summer, big blues have to change their game plan. Guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro consistently puts them in the boat by suspending cut bait with slip bobbers. Follow his tips to dial in on the thermocline bite. 


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set aside 139 acres in the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Lands as an archery only zone, with 58 more acres designated as Gun Free and Restricted Firearms zones. Commission restricts weaponry on 157 acres of Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Lands
609 Views - Posted: August 28 at 10:52 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission approved on Thursday a proposal to re-designate approximately 157 acres on the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land to an Archery Zone, Gun Free Zone, and a Restricted Firearms Zone.


Plenty of slot-sized reds have been hitting live and artificial baits in the waters around Southport. Bait influx has caused late-summer inshore surge around Southport
495 Views - Posted: August 28 at 9:44 am

The calendar says it’s August, with fall a month away, but Jimmy Price at Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said fish are already acting like it’s fall.


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set waterfowl seasons for this fall and winter at its meeting in Raleigh on Thursday. State sets late duck, goose seasons at meeting in Raleigh
1215 Views - Posted: August 27 at 10:58 pm

North Carolina waterfowl hunters will get their usual three-part season for ducks this fall and winter, along with two youth-only days and an extended season for snow and other light geese as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set seasons on Thursday at its meeting in Raleigh.


D.J. Odom landed and released this 22-inch rainbow trout Aug. 24 from the Oconaluftee River. Wild-trout action in small mountain streams approaching top-drawer
996 Views - Posted: August 27 at 3:06 pm

Trout anglers can experience good-to-great fishing now through November in North Carolina’s high country, according to a Bryson City guide.


Live and cut shad fished behind a planer board has produced plenty of High Rock channel cats in recent weeks for guide Maynard Edwards. Add planer boards to your catfishing repetoire, High Rock guide advises
606 Views - Posted: August 26 at 3:11 pm

Lexington’s Maynard Edwards, a veteran High Rock Lake guide, is always tinkering with new ideas to catch fish. This month, he came up with a doozy. I know a lot of people have started using planer boards to catch striped bass, but I think hardly anyone’s used planer boards for catfish — until now,” he said.


Guide Mitchell Blake has a routine he practices when he targets big drum in the Pamlico Sound or coastal North Carolina rivers. Four steps to catch more big late-summer, spawning reds
2722 Views - Posted: August 26 at 8:10 am

Few fisheries get an angler’s blood pumping like spawning red drum in the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries. While many of these big fish are already being hoisted for glory shots, Capt. Mitchell Blake of Chocowinity’s Fish IBX Charters, said the best is yet to come. Find out what to look for and how to close the deal by following his tips.


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