Area fishing report

June 6, 2012 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Inshore anglers reported flounder, bluefish, red drum and Spanish mackerel are biting. Nearshore boats are catching limits of cobia, sea bass and albacore with good catches of tilefish as well. Offshore boats are reporting citation wahoo, with limits of gaffer dolphin and catch-and-release blue marlin. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Inshore boats are still reporting large numbers of sea mullet and bluefish being caught, along with bites from Spanish, cobia, pompano, croaker and puppy drum. Offshore anglers are reporting large catches of dolphin and yellowfin tuna. Blue marlin and sailfish are still being caught on a catch-and-release basis. 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

Nearshore boats reported bluefish, sea mullet continue to be the strongest bite, with puppy drum still being found in smaller amounts. Inshore boats are reporting cobia, bluefish, sea mullet, Spanish and speckled trout are biting. Offshore, dolphin and catch-and-release blue marlin are still biting. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/

Bogue Inlet

Inshore boats reported sea mullet, Spanish and bluefish are biting. Cobia, sea mullet and red drum are still biting in the sound. Nearshore anglers saw good bites on red drum and sea mullet. Offshore anglers reported king mackerel, dolphin and wahoo, along with catch-and-release blue marlin. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Inshore and along the beaches, sheepshead, flounder, red drum, sea mullet and Spanish are biting. In the sound and inlet, red drum, trout and sea mullet are biting. Offshore, wahoo and dolphin are being caught. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Nearshore anglers reported bluefish, flounder, Spanish and sea mullet are being caught. Inshore, bluefish, flounder and speckled trout are biting. Offshore boats reported limits of dolphin, along with yellowfin tuna, cobia and king mackerel biting. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Nearshore, bluefish, Spanish and red drum are still biting with cobia being caught in smaller amounts. Offshore boats reported large amounts of dolphin, Spanish, yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna are biting along with a few citation wahoo. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Largemouth bass continue to be caught in deep waters and are biting on crank baits and Carolina rigs with 10-inch worms. Crappie are still being found around the bridge pilings, and are biting on minnows and jigs at medium to deep depths. Catfish are biting at medium depths. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.96, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

Anglers reported largemouth bass are biting on topwater baits and deep-diving crankbaits near beds. Crappie are still being caught on minnows near brush piles and docks. Catfish are biting on cut baits at medium depths. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.58, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Largemouth bass are biting on jigs, crankbaits and spinner baits at deep depths. Striped bass are biting later in the afternoon and at night on topwater baits. Small crappie are biting on minnows at deeper depths near bridge pilings and brush piles. Catfish continue to bite in the rivers on cut baits and live baits. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 300.69, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Lake Wheeler

Crappie are biting on jigs at medium to deep depths. Anglers are finding success with largemouth bass at medium depths on spinner baits and topwater baits. Catfish are still biting on chicken livers and live baits near rivers. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.

Shearon Harris Lake

Largemouth bass continue to be found at deep depths and are biting on topwater baits and crank baits in the backs of the creeks. Crappie are still biting on live minnows and jigs at medium 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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