Yellowfin and some dolphin are being caught offshore with cut bait. Near shore and offshore blue fish, wahoo and Spanish mackerel can be found. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Dolphin and blackfin fishing has been strong, while tilefish and some large grouper are biting as well. Inshore, red drum are still being hooked. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.hatteras-island.com; offshore news, Odens Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; or www.hatterasharbor.com.
Sea mullet, blue fish, pompano and flounder are biting north and are being caught with shrimp and mullet. 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, dolphin and cobia are biting inshore and are being hooked with a variety of bait. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Mahi-mahi fishing in the stream has been really good, while cobia fishing near the beach has been strong. Spanish mackerel are biting near the pier. In the surf, sea mullet and black drum can be hooked. Fresh shrimp bait has been working well. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Inshore fishing has picked up as keeper-sized flounder are being caught with mud minnows and Carolina rigs. Red drum are biting on deeper docks and near the creeks, and sheephead fishing has been strong along the bridge pilings. In the surf, blues and Spanish mackerel are biting. Offshore, bullet tuna, cobia and flounder are being hooked. Contact: Texs Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Black bass, king mackerel and dolphin are biting offshore, while trout, puppy drum and flounder are being hooked inshore. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Bass and crappie have moved out and are being caught in deeper waters with jigs and Carolina rigs. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 252.24, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Crappie are biting around 4-5 feet down, while large-mouth bass can be located at a variety of depths. Soft plastics and spinner baits have been successful. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 215.80, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.
Bass, catfish and crappie are biting at depths of 2-10 feet and are being caught with soft plastics. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 302.80, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcats Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Crappie are biting around 4-5 feet down, while large-mouth 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/)