Following the storm, offshore charters have been returning with abundant numbers of yellow fin tuna and mahi mahi. The near-shore and in-shore charter boats also have also had terrific results, returning with puppy drum, speckled trout, flounder, stripers, and even a few lingering Spanish mackerel. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Fishing has picked up. Anglers are reporting large numbers of puppy drum, bluefish, sea mullet, and few flounder as well. 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
Pier fishing has seen a boom in bites of all kinds. Anglers have been catching black drum, spots, pompano, gray and speckled trout, puppy drum, Spanish mackerel, false albacore and bluefish. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Seasonal fishing conditions have returned following the storm. Pier and surf anglers are catching a good amount of sea mullet, bluefish, black drum, flounder, and even a few king mackerel, while sound-side outings have been yielding red drum and speckled trout. Offshore boats have also gotten back to work, returning with plenty of grouper, sea bass, and Spanish mackerel. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Backwater fishing continues to be more red and black drum and less speckled trout. Surf and pier anglers continue to haul in bluefish, Spanish mackerel, red drum, sea mullet and flounder, and false albacore and tarpon have been slowly returning to the area. Offshore trips are slowly coming back to life with decent catches of snapper, grouper and Spanish mackerel. Those venturing to the Gulf Stream have been rewarded with big hauls of sea bass, snapper, blackfin tuna and a surprise catch of wahoo. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
With water levels still high, fishing around the lake has been rather sporadic due to an inconsistent bite. The few bass that have been caught were biting on crankbaits on the topwater. The crappie have also been sparse, but those that have been caught have been found on brush piles in about 15 feet of water, biting on minnows. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 258.9, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Company 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
No Report Given. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 225.3, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
The catfish bite in the now deeper water has come to life in the last week. Bass fishing remains fairly slow for the season, but the crappie are still biting well on minnows in about 20 feet of water near brush piles. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 305, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Fishing is slow due to above average water levels. The few bass that have been caught have been biting on crankbaits near the streams. Crappie fishing is a little better than most with a reliable bite in about 12 feet of water near brush piles. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)