Area fishing report

July 16, 2014 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Spanish mackerel, amberjack and blues are biting near shore. Offshore and in the stream dolphin, yellowfin and gaffer can be found. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Inshore, red drum and Spanish mackerel are biting. Offshore, dolphin fishing has been on strong, while wahoo, blackfin and tilefish are being caught. 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, Spanish mackerel, blue fish and sea mullet are biting inshore. Offshore has been windy , but mahi-mahi, snapper and trigger fish can still be found. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Slot-sized red fish are being caught, with Mirro lures being extremely effective. In the inlet, blue fish, flounder and drum are being hooked with top-water baits and clarkspoons. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Along the piers and in the surf Spanish mackerel, blues, mullets and flounder can be caught. Offshore, grouper, mahi-mahi and sea bass are biting. Sailfish and marlin are being hooked in the stream. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach

Near shore, Spanish mackerel, blue fish, flounder, red fish, black sea bass and amberjacks are biting. Live bait has worked well. Offshore, mahi-mahi, billfish and tuna are being caught with troll ballyhoos. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Despite the rain, Spanish mackerel, blues and black tip sharks are biting, and short grouper can be being hooked. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Bass are biting at 10-20 feet and are being hooked with big works and Carolina rigs. Crappie can be found around 10-12 feet and have been biting live minnows and eels, while catfish are being caught near the bottom. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 250.87, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

Bass and crappie are biting at 9-12 feet with soft plastics and spinner. Catfish are biting near the bottom and are being caught with worms and shrimp. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 214.26, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Bass, catfish and crappie are biting at depths of 10-15 feet and are being caught with jigs and Carolina rigs. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 299.92, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Lake Wheeler

Bass and crappie are biting at 9-12 feet with soft plastics and spinner. Catfish are biting near the bottom and are being caught with worms and shrimp. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.

Shearon Harris Lake

Bass are biting anywhere from the bank to 20 feet and are being caught with crank bait. Crappie can be hooked around 10-20 feet and are biting minnows. 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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