Area fishing report

May 28, 2014 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Tile fish, mako and some dolphin are being caught offshore with cut bait. Nearshore cobia fishing has been strong. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Blues and sea mullet are biting near the beach and the pier, along with some Spanish mackerel. Shrimp and bunker bait have been popular bait choices. 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

Pompano, blue fish and flounder are biting near the beach and are being caught with fresh shrimp and cut bait. Inshore, good size cobia and some Spanish mackerel can be found. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Spanish mackerel, blue fish and cobia are biting inshore and are being hooked with mud minnows, while some dolphin and small wahoo are biting offshore. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Spanish mackerel and cobia are biting near the piers and the beach. Black drum and sea mullets are being caught in the surf, while mahi-mahi are being caught in the stream. Fresh shrimp bait has been working well. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Blue fish and Spanish mackerel can be hooked near the beach. In the stream, mahi-mahi, gaffer and grouper are being caught. Gulp has been a popular bait choice. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Spanish mackerel, blue fish and king mackerel have been biting inshore, while dolphin and king mackerel are being hooked offshore. On the bottom, some good-sized grouper are being caught. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Bass and crappie have moved out and are being caught with jigs and Carolina rigs. Catfish are biting in the deeper waters, along with some white bass. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 253.43, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

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 215.90, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Catfish fishing has been strong, while bass and crappie are biting at depths of 2-10 feet and are being nabbed with soft plastics. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 303.61, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Lake Wheeler

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 have moved out off the points and are being hooked with spinner bait and Carolina rigs, while crappie are biting around 15-20 feet and are being hooked 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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