Area fishing report, Jan. 15, 2014

From staff reportsJanuary 15, 2014 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

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.

Buxton/Hatteras

Sharks and puppy drum are biting at the point. 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

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.

Topsail Island

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: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

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.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

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/)

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