Area fishing report

October 3, 2013 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

No report. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Offshore reports said big red drum, small puppy drum, blue fish, pompano, sea mullet have been biting. 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

No report. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Offshore wahoo fishing has been excellent. Dolphin fishing has been fair. Scattered billfish biting along the coast. Bluefish and spanish mackerel have been reported biting on the beaches. Puppy drum, trout and flounder are biting in the sound. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Spanish mackerel, bluefish and albacore are biting at the surf and off the pier. Pompano have also been present. Speckle trout have been reported along the surf. King mackerel can be caught from the pier to 15 miles out. Wahoo are also biting in the gulf stream. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Fall pattern fishing is beginning. Redfish are biting from the intercoastal waterway to the surf. Bluefish are also biting in the surf. Speckle trout and flounder fishing are also good from the near shore to the intercoastal waterway. King mackerel and spanish mackerel are biting offshore. Black fin tuna and wahoo have been caught farther offshore. Drum, flounder, spot, croaker and sea mullet are also biting in the surf. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Drum are biting off the pier. Spanish mackerel, bluefin and small spot are out in the surf. Small amount of flounder are also biting. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Bass fishing is inconsistent, they’re being found 8 to 15 feet deep along the creek or in the main lake. Bass are hitting jigs, spinnerbait and shakey head worm. Crappie are holding 12 to 16 feet deep on brush piles and hitting minnows. One- to 3-pound catfish are biting on night crawlers and chicken liver. White bass are schooling where the creek enters the main lake, hitting blade bait and spinners. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 250.91, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

Crappie are biting off minnows. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday normal 215.34 , full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Strokers are biting early in the evening topwater off live bait. Catfish are also biting in small numbers. Crappie fishing is picking up off brush 10-25 feet deep. Largemouth bass have also been biting. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 298, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Lake Wheeler

No report. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.

Shearon Harris Lake

Crappie have been biting at variable depth off minnows and natural colored soft plastic baits off jig heads. Largemouth bass have been caught in the morning off weed beds. Also biting off medium crank baits and vertical jigging pools. 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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