Area fishing report

January 3, 2013 




Boats have remained docked over the past week. Inshore anglers reported puppy drum, dogfish, skates and speckled trout. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414,; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555,; Teach’s Lair Marina 252-986-2460.


On the beaches, puppy drum, speckled trout and dogfish have been caught. No offshore boats have gone out over the past week. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491,

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Speckled trout are the only fish being caught in the area on the beaches. Anglers have remained off the piers and boats because of cold conditions. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725;; or

Topsail Island

Speckled trout and red drum are the only fish biting in the area near the back of the creeks. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887,

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Surf fishing has produced scattered puppy drum and sea mullet. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763,

Southport/Sunset Beach

Trout are biting in the creeks. In the surf, trout and red drum are biting. Offshore boats are docked because of cold weather . Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221;; or


Falls Lake

Largemouth bass are biting at shallow-to-medium depths on jigs and crank baits. Crappie are biting on live minnows at shallow depths. Catfish are biting on night crawlers around the channels. White bass are biting on rooster tails at medium depths. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 250.9, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085;

Jordan Lake

No report. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 214.82, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101;

Kerr Lake

Striped bass have been caught using spoons and poppers but most have been small. Crappie are biting on minnows and soft plastics. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 296.63, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcats Bait and Tackle 434-374-8381;

Shearon Harris Lake

Largemouth bass are biting deep on spoons. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255;

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