No boats have gone out to fish in the last two to three weeks. The last time there was any fishing, there were yellow fish tuna and black fish tuna. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
There’s been some speckled and blowfish. During early morning Sunday before the storm, there were blowfish, puppy drum, and jetties. 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.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
The local creeks are full of mullet baits as well as juvenile speckled trout since the water is still pretty mild for mid-January. If it’s just shorties you want, the Lookout Jetty and Radio Island are the places to try. There are some surprisingly big fish in the Atlantic Beach surf. There are some red drum around this past week. The Haystacks and some of the surf zones around Bear Island, the Shaq and Cape Lookout shoals have been full of menhaden. However, bluefin tuna have disappeared.
Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
There have been some trout biting. However, it has been pretty slow because of the weather. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Trout and drums are biting. There are some stripers sticking up. Offshore, whiting and pufferfish are biting. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
It’s been a little slow, but there are some trout being caught in the backwaters and the creeks. There are also some small whiting and croakers. King and wahoo are biting offshore. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Crappies and minnows are still biting near 10 feet to 20 feet deep. White bass are hitting jerkbaits and Alabama rig. No reports of catfish. Water level: 251.75 (almost back to normal). Contact Outhouse Tackle Company 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
The lake is still up. However, nothing is biting; everything is underwater. Water level: 222.23. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Stripers and catfish are being caught. Water level: 301.08. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
No report available.
Shearon Harris Lake
Crappies are being caught 22 feet to 30 feet out with jig heads and minnows. There has not been any information on the bass. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)