Area fishing report

March 5, 2014 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Some good-sized bluefin were being caught before the latest cold spell. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Puppy drum are being caught near the point in Buxton and at ramp 49 in Frisco. 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.

Ocracoke/Portsmouth

Puppy drum have been biting near the beach and are being hooked with both artificial and frozen bait. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Red drum and speckled trout have been biting inside the inter-coast waterway, while black drum are being caught in the creeks. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Wahoo and blackfin are being hooked in the gulf stream, while sea bass and trigger fish can be found offshore. Vertical jigs and squid have been popular choices for bait. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Despite the cold weather, area fishing has picked up as largemouth bass are being caught with spinner bait at depths of 7 to 8 feet in the creek channels, while crappie have been biting at 3-5 feet. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.90, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

Crappie are being caught with minnows at depths of 20 to 25 feet. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.14, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Crappie and bass were nipping before the latest cold front and are expected to resume biting once the weather warms up. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 299.05, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Lake Wheeler

Crappie are being caught with minnows at depths of 20 to 25 feet. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.

Shearon Harris Lake

Bass have been biting in both deep and shallow waters near the primary and secondary points. 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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