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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a plan to replace the 168,500 rainbow trout killed in an act of vandalism at a fish hatchery two weeks ago. Commission has plan to meet stocking goals in wake of hatchery trout kill
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Responding to the recent fish kill at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in McDowell County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a plan to meet goals for stocking numbers and size of catchable trout as scheduled in 2015. 


Whiting, aka sea mullet, have invaded the Pigfish Grounds near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and are filling up many a happy angler's cooler. Great numbers of whiting have moved into lower Cape Fear River
383 Views - Posted: April 16 at 10:27 pm

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said the whiting bite in the lower Cape Fear River is about as good as it gets, and pieces of shrimp are all it takes to get bit. Whiting aren't generally considered a gamefish, but few fishermen will admit to not liking them rolled in their favorite breader and introduced to some hot peanut oil. Fishermen are taking the tasty fish home in excellent numbers.


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
474 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.


Bass pro David Fritts said that long casts and a steady retrieve will make a crankbait a more-effective bass-fishing tool. Take David Fritts' tips and catch more fish on a crankbait.
374 Views - Posted: April 14 at 6:55 pm

At a recent open house at Angler’s Choice in Lexington, pro fisherman David Fritts discussed how to retrieve crankbaits to get more strikes from bass. The winner of the 1993 Bassmaster Classic and 1994 BASS Angler of the Year, Fritts said there’s more to successful crankbait fishing than casting a lure and bringing it the back to the boat. 


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
1362 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.


False albacore like this one and Atlantic bonito have both invaded the waters off Cape Lookout this week, according to Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island. False albacore, Atlantic bonito make spring's first showing off Cape Lookout
421 Views - Posted: April 10 at 12:55 pm

The first false albacore and Atlantic bonito of the spring have arrived in the waters off Cape Lookout, and they're attacking small lures and jigs and making reel-screaming runs on light spinning tackle. Capt. Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the action is intense once a school of the small members of the tuna family are located.  


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
700 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
1576 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.


It's not just largemouths, but also spotted bass, that are beginning to spawn at Lake Norman and find their way into bass pro Hank Cherry's boat. Try boat docks for Lake Norman's spawning bass
557 Views - Posted: April 07 at 4:55 pm

Largemouth bass have been making their way toward spawning beds for weeks at Lake Norman, but the days leading up to this past weekend’s full moon saw that movement pick up in a big way. Anglers are catching bass all around the lake as the fish head to docks for sheltered spawning grounds.


Trout season on hatchery-supported streams in North Carolina will open on Saturday, April 4, at 7 a.m. Commission has 1,100 miles of trout streams ready for Saturday's opener
402 Views - Posted: April 02 at 1:55 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 4. The season will run through Feb. 29, 2016.


Redfish are still schooled up and beginning to bite better in the marshes of lower Brunswick County, hitting mud minnows on light jigheads and soft-plastic shrimp. Redfish action warming up in lower Brunswick County marshes
692 Views - Posted: April 02 at 9:25 am

Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters in Ocean Isle said redfish in his area have been biting pretty regularly and trout fishing is beginning to improve as the weather begins to moderate.


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.


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