Despite rough waters, fishermen have been catching the occasional blackfin with ballyhoo bait. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Puppy drum have been biting between the south side of the point and Ramp 49. Fresh shrimp and gulps with lead heads have been the bait of choice. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.hatteras-island.com; offshore news, Odens Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; or www.hatterasharbor.com.
The island will not open until March 16; however, reservations can be made. 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.
Red drum and speckled trout are being caught in the creek and the mouths of the canals. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Fishing has been inconsistent, but red drum and black drum are biting inshore, and sea bass, blackfin and the occasional dolphin have been spotted 25-30 miles offshore. Contact: Texs Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Cold water has put a damper on fishing, but some crappie are being caught, and there has been scattered largemouth bass. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 254.40, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Crappie are getting hooked at depths of 20 feet. Minnows have been a popular choice for bait. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 218.33, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.
Crappie are being caught at depths of 5-15 feet with spider jigs. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 299.29, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcats Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Crappie are getting hooked at depths of 20 feet. Minnows have been a popular choice for bait. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.
Shearon Harris Lake
Some bass is being caught in shallow and deep water with jerk bait. Crappie are being frequently hooked in deep water. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)