Area fishing report

August 21, 2013 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Nearshore anglers reported good bites on flounder, triggerfish, speckled trout and Spanish mackerel. Inshore, speckled troutand cobia are still keeping lines tight. Offshore, yellowfin tuna along with dolphin, wahoo, bottom fish and billfish are biting. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Ocracoke/Portsmouth

Surf anglers caught bluefish, spots, sea mullets, croakers, puppy drum and black drum. Inshore reports included flounder, bluefish, some puppy drum and citation red drum in the evening. Offshore reports include wahoo, scattered dolphin and amberjack. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Inshore reports continue to include flounder, sea mullet, drum and Spanish along with small blues. Offshore, king mackerel, dolphin and wahoo are biting. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Spanish, blues, sea mullet, black drum, spots and red drum have been caught inshore and on the beaches. Off the piers, blues, spots, flounder and king mackerel are biting. Offshore boats brought in dolphin, kings, wahoo and bottom fish. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Inshore fishing is still producing good drum, speckled trout, Spanish and flounder. Offshore, wahoo, dolphin, sea bass, billfish and bottom fish have been caught. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Largemouth bass fishing has slowed, but they are being caught on Carolina rigs and crank baits, and they’re schooling in the morning and biting on topwater baits. Crappie have been caught deep on minnows. Catfish are doing well on dough balls, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and frozen shrimp. White bass are biting up the lake on rooster tails and blade baits. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.99, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Kerr Lake

Largemouth bass are biting on soft plastics and crank baits. Crappiehave been caught on jigs around structures. Catfishare biting dough balls and chicken livers on the upper end. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 299.10, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Shearon Harris Lake

Largemouth bass are biting crank baits at medium depths. Crappieare biting minnows and jigs at shallow to 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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