Area fishing report

January 29, 2014 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

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.

Buxton/Hatteras

A mix of chilly and windy weather has reduced area fishing. 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

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.

Topsail Island

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.

Freshwater

Jordan Lake

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.

Kerr Lake

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: Bobcat’s 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/)

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