Area fishing report

April 2, 2014 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Blue fin are being caught with ballyhoos, while tile fish are in abundance. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Puppy drum and sea mullet can be located at the point and near ramps 49 and 55. Jig heads with grub have been a popular choice of bait to hook the puppy drum, while blood worms and shrimp have been used to catch the sea mullet. 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 are biting near the beach and are being caught with cut bait; sea mullet have popped up near the south end and can be hooked with fish bait, while blow toads have been scattered around and are being caught with fish bait. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Wahoo, dolphin and black fin have shown up offshore, and each has been caught with ballyhoos. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Speckled trout are biting on the sound side; red drum can be found at the shoals, and blow fish are being caught off the piers. Shrimp is being used to snag the trout and drum, while cut bait has worked for the blow fish. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Area fishing has picked up as red drum can be found in the creeks, while speckled trout and stripers are being hooked in the river. Gulp can be used to catch the red drum, while artificial bait has been popular with the trout and stripers. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Blue fin and puffer fish are located near the river and off the piers and are being caught with shrimp. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Crappie and bass have moved in and are biting at anywhere from 0-8 feet off. Minnows have been a good choice of bait for the crappie, while spinners are being used to catch the bass. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 252.25, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

High water has slowed area fishing, but the warmer weather is expected to have a positive impact. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.34, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 301.29 full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Lake Wheeler

High water has slowed area fishing, but the warmer weather is expected to have a positive impact. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.

Shearon Harris Lake

Inconsistent weather has made it tough for fishermen on the lake. Some crappie can be found 25-35 feet out, while bass are popping up in the shallows. 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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