Area fishing report

From staff reportsNovember 20, 2013 


Oregon Inlet

No boats have gone out since the weekend, but yellowfin tuna and wahoo were biting. Inshore, trout are biting. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301,


Puppy drum, flounder and red drum are all biting inshore. Anglers have also reeled in some nice black drum, speckled trout and sea mullet. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414,; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555,; or

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Offshore boats caught good amounts of wahoo along with a variety of bottomfish such as triggerfish and sea bass. On the inside, speckled trout, puppy drum and red drum are biting. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678;

Topsail Island

On the piers, spotfish, Virginia mullets, black drum and red drum are biting. In the surf, sea mullets, spots and flounder have been caught. In the inlets and the creeks, red drum are biting. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887,


Falls Lake

Crappie are biting on minnows in brush piles around 12 to 15 feet deep. Catfish have slowed down but are biting doughballs and nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass have been caught on shaky heads and jigs from about one-to-10-foot depths. White bass are also biting up the river. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 249.85, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085;

Kerr Lake

Striped bass are biting on live bait from Grassy Creek to the main lake points. Crappie have been caught near structures from 12-to-15-foot depths on jigs and minnows. Catfish are biting near the mouth of the river on cutbait or live bait. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 296.64, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381;

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