Area fishing has grinded to a halt as fishermen await the return of blue fin, which is expected to happen around the end of February at the earliest. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Puppy Drum continues to be a hot catch around Cape Point. Anglers are using grub, fresh shrimp and mullets to reel them in. 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.
The island will not open until March 16; however, reservations can be made now. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
The cold weather and the closing of trout season has halted fishing. The hope is that by mid-March fishing will pick up again. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Though the fishing has been slow, there are still reports of some speckled trout, red drum and flounder being caught. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 252.22, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Fishing activity has appeared to perk up a little bit as crappie have been biting by the channel near Highway 64. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.38, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.
Crappie has been biting near the creeks as the water temperate held around 42 degrees early in the week. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 298.92, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Fishing activity has appeared to perk up a little bit as crappie have been biting by the channel near Highway 64. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.
Shearon Harris Lake
Crappie have been biting at depths of 25-35 feet. Minnows have been the bait of choice. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)