Cold temperatures have kept most anglers off the water. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
The puppy drum and speckled trout are biting near the shore, as well as the occasional flounder and even some shark, some as big as 12 feet. 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.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Some fishers are catching puppy drum and trout near from the beach, but few have ventured offshore due to cold temperatures. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)