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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
76 Views - Posted: 6 hours ago

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.


Passage through the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet has been closed by the U.S. Coast Guard because of shoaling. U.S. Coast Guard closes Oregon Inlet passage because of shoaling
593 Views - Posted: 14 hours ago

Oregon Inlet, North Carolina’s northernmost inlet and an important route to the ocean for commercial and recreational fishing boats, was closed to most boat traffic on March 28 due to excessive shoaling in the channel under and seaward of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.


A Rat-L-Trap Pro Trap has an unattached treble hook that bass can't use for leverage to come unbuttoned. Three tips to keep those bass hooked up
213 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 4:56 pm

Bass anglers know what a thrill it is to hook a good fish after making an accurate cast and working their lure properly, but they also know the agony of seeing that fish leap from the water, shake its head and throw the lure free. Sometimes it can’t be helped, but on many occasions, the fisherman can lessen a bass’s chance to free itself with a leaping head shake.


Two Republicans in the state senate have introduced a bill to give control of deer farms to the N.C. Department of Agriculture, taking it away from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Deer-farm supporters find two friends in state senate
870 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 7:08 am

Two Republican state senators, Andrew Brock and Brent Jackson, have introduced a bill that would strip the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission of regulatory authority to manage penned-in deer and turn it over to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


Blue Ridge Electrical Membership Corp. wants to help landowners who have power-line right-of-ways across their property to maintain them for wildlife. Energy co-op offers landowners chance to help wildlife on right-of-ways
662 Views - Posted: March 27 at 6:55 am

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp., an energy co-op located in the northwestern corner of North Carolina, has announced a new program aimed at using its right-of-ways to benefit wildlife. Blue Ridge is partnering with the Whitetail Institute and the National Wild Turkey Federation to transform power-line easements into prime deer and turkey habitat.


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
607 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
1286 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.


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two fishing clinics for the Pechmann center in Fayetteville in April, one on kayak fishing. Commission schedules kayak fishing, bass fishing workshops
485 Views - Posted: March 25 at 12:25 pm

To help anglers improve their fishing skills, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering two free fishing workshops in April at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 


Justin Goodyear of Thomasville caught this 8.11-pound largemouth bass last weekend at Badin Lake. Warm weather sends big bass into Badin Lake's shallows
1057 Views - Posted: March 22 at 9:20 pm

The first warm weather of the season has caused a tidal wave of largemouth bass to move into the shallows at Badin Lake, creating a bass bonanza for fishermen.


Jamie Fajardo keys on aquatic grass to follow the prespawn movements of Shearon Harris Lake's bass. Shearon Harris bass anglers need to look to grass early in spring
673 Views - Posted: March 20 at 7:26 pm

Prespawn on Shearon Harris Lake is possibly the best time and place to catch a trophy bass in North Carolina, but only if you’re fishing where the bass are headed. During the spring, bass are on the move, and that can lead fishermen to monumental days followed by dire lows.


Redfish are only one of a handful of species biting for Capt. Rennie Clark in the lower Cape Fear River. Runoff has mixed bag of freshwater, saltwater fish biting in lower Cape Fear River
778 Views - Posted: March 20 at 7:00 am

A deluge of runoff has made the Cape Fear River a smorgasbord for inshore fishermen, with Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach having a recent catch of red drum, stripers, a keeper flounder and a largemouth bass near Snow’s Cut.


Buggs Island bass are starting to push toward the shallows as waters slowly warm up. Kerr Lake bass heading toward shallows despite cold, stained water
526 Views - Posted: March 18 at 7:30 am

With runoff from snow melt and rain, John H. Kerr Reservoir still has cool water that’s stained to muddy, but guide Tim Wilson of Buffalo Junction, Va., said recent warming days already are starting to push female bass toward shallow water.


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