Area fishing report

From staff reportsOctober 17, 2013 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

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

Buxton/Hatteras

Puppy drum have been spotted on the jetties. Bluefish are biting off Frisco Pier. Forty-inch big drum have also been caught off Avon Pier. Spot, bluefish and sea mullet are biting in the northern area of the pier. 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

No report. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Bluefish and spanish mackerel are biting off the pier and in the surf. Spot, Virginia mullet and flounder have been caught in the area. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

No report. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

No report. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Bass are starting to move as the lake is turning due to seasonal changes, hitting on spinnerbaits around shallow woods. They’re also being caught on jigs and crank baits. Crappie are on the steeper shoreline 8-10 feet down. They’re hitting minnows. White bass are north of New Life Creek. Catfish are biting large minnows, night crawlers and chicken livers. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 250.68, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

No report. Water level: normal 216, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Crappie have been found over structure and brush. Bass fishing has been tough in the area. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 300, 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

No report. 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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