Puppy drum between 20-27 inches have been caught despite poor weather conditions. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Only trout have been caught within the past week, mostly in the creeks and a few in the surf. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
A few speckled trout and puppy drum reports have been made, but no boats have gone offshore. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Some smaller trout have been caught in the creeks and waterway, but king mackarel can be reeled in at 40 miles offshore. Contact: Texs Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Some black drum and whiting have been caught, in addition to reports of puppy drum and trout. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
The crappie have settled near the bottom, biting on minnows at about 15-18 foot depths. The largemouth bass fishing is slow, but some can be caught on jigs, spoons and blade bait on the shoreline. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 253.92, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)