Area fishing report

From staff reportsApril 30, 2014 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Bluefin, mako, and dolphin have been caught offshore with cut bait. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Puppy drum, blow toad, sea mullet and blackfin are being hooked north and south of the beach with fresh shrimp and bunker bait. 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 still being caught, as well as small flounder and blue fish and the occasional pompano. Fresh shrimp and mullet have been popular bait choices. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Offshore fishing has been strong as wahoo, blackfin and the occasional dolphin have been biting ballyhoos. Inshore, puppy drum and speckled trout are being hooked. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Sea mullet and blue fish are biting near the piers, while speckled trout can be located on the sound side. Bonitos can be found two to three miles off the shore and can be hooked with diamond jigs. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

In shore, flounder and drum are biting, while Spanish mackerel and some big blue fish are being caught near the shore. Offshore, grouper and king mackerel can be located about 30 miles off, while dolphin can be hooked in the gulfstream. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Blue fish, Spanish mackerel, whiting and small founder are being caught with an assortment of baits. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Crappie are being caught in abundance around six feet deep with minnows. Bass are in their spawning and pre-spawning phase and can be found anywhere from 2-10 feet down and are being caught with wacky worms and spinner bait Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 252.45, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

Crappie fishing has been strong at a variety of depths, especially on sunny days, with minnows being a popular choice for bait. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.47, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Bass and crappie are biting at depths of 2-10 fee and are being nabbed with soft plastics. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 300.85, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Lake Wheeler

Crappie fishing has been strong at a variety of depths, especially on sunny days, with minnows being a popular choice for bait. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.

Shearon Harris Lake

Recent weather has made for some inconsistent fishing. Bass are still in their spawning phase and can be caught at 2-10 feet with spinner bait, while crappie are biting at 4-6 feet and are being caught with soft plastics. 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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