Area fishing report

April 26, 2012 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

No inshore or nearshore catches were reported this week. Weather has kept most offshore boats docked during the week. Over the weekend, offshore boats reported several dolphin and yellowfin tuna with scattered wahoo. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Inshore anglers caught a large amount of sea mullet, blowtoads and bluefish along with scattered puppy drum. Offshore boats reported limits of yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna and wahoo are biting along with scattered dolphin and cobia being caught. Several boats were docked throughout the week due to winds in the area. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.hatteras-island.com; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; or www.hatterasharbor.com.

Ocracoke/Portsmouth

On the beaches, speckled trout, sea mullet and bluefish are still being caught with a few puppy drum and red drum being reported. Inshore boats reported red drum, sea mullet and speckled trout are biting. Offshore anglers reported limits of yellowfin tuna and wahoo with scattered dolphin being caught. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/

Bogue Inlet

Inshore, sea mullet, Spanish mackerel and bluefish have shown up on the piers and in the port. In the sound, sea mullet are being caught in large amounts. Offshore anglers are searching for the first big cobia catch of the season, but are still finding success with dolphin and wahoo. Bottom fishermen are still finding some success with triggerfish and grouper. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

On the beaches, speckled trout, puppy drum and red drum are biting along with Spanish mackerel starting to be found. In the sound and in the creeks, speckled trout and sea mullet are biting. Offshore, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dolphin are being caught. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

On the beaches, flounder and puppy drum are being caught, along with a few trout still being reported. Inshore boats reported bluefish, Spanish mackerel, flounder and scattered speckled trout are biting. Offshore boats reported wahoo, gaffer dolphin and scattered blackfin tuna and king mackerel biting. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

In the inlets and off the piers, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, whiting, and speckled trout are still being found, while the red drum and flounder are becoming scattered. Offshore boats have reported that king mackerel, dolphin, wahoo and blackfin tuna are biting. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Largemouth bass are biting from midway to the back of the creeks on jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are still biting on minnows at shallow depths around eight to 12 feet. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 252.74, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

Crappie continue to bite on live minnows and nightcrawlers at about three to six foot depths. Largemouth bass are biting on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in different areas at shallow and medium depths. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.79, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Largemouth bass are biting shallow on rocky points to mid-range through casting jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are scattered, but are being caught on jigs near brush piles and bridge pilings. Catfish and striped bass are still being caught at deeper depths on live baits up the river. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 300.88, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Lake Wheeler

Largemouth bass are still being found at shallow depths on crankbaits. Crappie are being caught on minnows and jigs at shallow to medium depths. Catfish are biting on stinkbaits at shallow and medium depths. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.

Shearon Harris Lake

Largemouth bass are biting on jerkbaits and crankbaits off of the points and in the backs of the creeks. Crappie are being caught on live minnows at shallow depths. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.

(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)

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