Fishing Report

December 30, 2010 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Stripers! Stripers! Stripers! Lots of anglers are turning out and catching limits of striped bass. The striper fishing is so good - and the weather so bad - that the boats haven't ventured offshore to chase tuna. The warming weather will see boats going after the tuna, too. Boats will be going after stripers all weekend, and some openings remain for anglers to book. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Fish have been scattered, mostly being found at Cape Point and around Frisco Pier, which is closed. Catches mainly consist of puppy drum and speckled trout. Those fish also have been along the beach near Ramp 55 at Hatteras Inlet. Successful anglers have used trout rods with Leadhead Lures twister tails or Leadheads with Gulp! baits, especially Gulp!s in Pearl White, New Penny and Nuclear Chicken colors. A boat that did go offshore Wed nes day had a midafternoon bluefin tuna hookup. It's not too late to book a charter for this weekend. Local tackle shops are open. Contact: Frank & Fran's 252-995-4171; Teach's Liar Marina 252-986-2460; Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.hatteras-island.com; offshore, Oden's Dock 252-986-2555, www. odensdock.com ; www.hatterasharbor.com.

Ocracoke/Portsmouth

The winter cold and the recent bad weather have put fishing on ice. The most diehard anglers might find some puppy drum, black drum or speckled trout. And look for fishing to improve with warmer weather. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www. fishtradewinds.com .

Cape Lookout/

Bogue Inlet

Bad weather has kept boaters from venturing out, but when they get out again, the black sea bass bite should continue to be very good. Very nice fish in the 15- to 18-inch range, and some up to 20 inches, were being caught about five to 15 miles out on wrecks and artificial reefs. Some of those sites have dogfish and sharks, too. Speckled trout and red drum are biting in the creeks and rivers. The bluefin tuna bite has been very slow. Contact: The Reel Outdoors 252-354-6692 (open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. through Saturday, 7-4 Sunday); www.nc waterman.com ; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

The water has been too cold for surf fishing. The best fishing bet is looking in the sound for drum, which are starting to school up. Try deeper holes for specks. A few red drum have been schooled up off Lee Island. When boats can get to the Gulf Stream, anglers are catching wahoo. Black sea bass and grouper are about 10 miles out. Generally, fishing picks up on a warm day after a cold spell, so the warm weekend looks good. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle (open this weekend) 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/

Wrightsville Beach

Miserable weather has made for miserable fishing, but fishing should be improving. Black drum and red drum are still in the creeks, as are trout. The black sea bass bite has been good about 10 to 20 miles out; baits and bucktails are working. The grouper bite is good at about 90 feet down on out; remember that the season closes after Saturday. When boats can venture out, king mackerel should still be in 45-mile range and blackfin tuna and wahoo should be in the Gulf Stream. Contact: Tex's Tackle (closed Jan. 1-17) 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Inside, speckled trout and red drum have been about the only fish biting. Sunny weather may see drum drawn to areas over dark bottom because those dark areas will warm more quickly in the sun. Bluefin tuna have been spotted but none reported caught. If you're planning to fish Friday, Saturday or Sunday, be sure to stock up on bait early; some shops will be closed for the holiday. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; www.oifish ingcenter.com .

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Not a lot going on, but as the warmer weather arrives, bass should be in 15 to 30 feet of water. Jig spoons or something similar. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 248.9, full pool 264.8. Contact: Carolina Outdoor Sportsman 919-676-6799 (closed Saturday-Sunday); Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085 (open noon-9 through Friday and 8-6 Saturday); www.wmi.org.

Kerr Lake

Even the striped bass and crappie anglers have been taking a holiday from fishing. Look for them to be back on the water during the good weather. Stripers had been in the Grassy Creek area; watch for baitfish. Crappie have been on brush piles about 20 to 30 feet down. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 297.6, full pool 320. Contact: Buggs Island Bait & Tackle 434-374-8934; www.kerrlake.com.

Jordan Lake

Hardy fishermen have been on the lake targeting crappie. Warmer weather will make outings more pleasant. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.1, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.

Lake Wheeler

Anglers have stayed away because of the cold and the Christmas holiday. The lake will be closed Friday and Saturday and will reopen on Sunday. Contact: park office 919-662-5704.

Shearon Harris Lake

With the temperatures rising for the weekend, anglers seeking largemouth bass might try medium-diving crankbaits and vertical jigging. Live bait might work best for crappie; try fishing in 20 to 25 feet of water over structure. Contact: The Tackle Box (closing 2 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday, open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday) 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service