Winter weather has continued to slow area fishing. However, the hope is that come February Bluefin fishing will prosper. Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
A mix of chilly and windy weather has reduced area fishing. Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.hatteras-island.com; offshore news, Odens Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; or www.hatterasharbor.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Extreme wind and a recent cold front have kept boats at shore, but when they have been able to get out there have been reports of biting sea bass, wahoo and triggers: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Small trout and good-sized red drum have been biting in the creeks and bays, and black drum have been biting in the south inlet. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
The winter weather has made for slower than usual fishing, and the hope is that it will pick back up in mid-February. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 215.98, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.
Crappie have been biting near the creeks, while striper have been nipping in the points and catfish have been biting around Blue Stone. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 299.54, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcats Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Crappie are being caught at depths of 28-30 feet. Live minnows and color jigs have been popular bait. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)