Gaffers, yellowfin tuna, mako and some tile fish are being caught offshore with cut bait. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Rodanthe-blues, puppy drum and sea mullet are being hooked 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.
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 some 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.
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
Fishermen are catching good numbers of small trout, mostly from creek mouths and deeper marsh banks, with fresh shrimp. There has still been plenty of red drum around the docks and creeks, while the topwater fishing has picked up. Black drum are being caught around bulkheads and pilings, with shrimp and peeler crab being the best bait choice. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Blue fish, Spanish mackerel, whiting and small flounder are being caught with an assortment of baits north of the lighthouse. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Crappie are being caught in abundance around 6-8 feet deep with minnows. Bass 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 251.97, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Crappie are biting around 4-5 feet down, while largemouth bass can be located at a variety of depths. Soft plastics and spinner baits have been successful. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.25, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.
Bass and crappie are biting at depths of 2-10 feet and are being nabbed with soft plastics. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 301.25, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Crappie are biting around 4-5 feet down, while largemouth bass can be located at a variety of depths. Soft plastics and spinner baits have been successful. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.
Shearon Harris Lake
Bass are still in their spawning phase and can be caught at 2-10 feet with spinner bait and Carolina riggs, 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/)