Offshore, wind and bad weather has made fishing difficult, but bluefin can still be found. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Puppy drum are being caught by the beach. Offshore, blackfin, yellowfin and some bluefin can be caught in the right weather. 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
Cold weather has slowed down speckled trout fishing. Red drum are biting inshore. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Inshore and in the creeks, speckled trout and red drum are being caught off the surf when the weather is good. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Striper fishing in the Cape Fear River has been good in the right weather. Some drum are being caught along the docks. King mackerel are biting by the tower. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Trout and some black drum have been biting by the piers and in the backwaters when the weather conditions are right. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Bass are biting at 8-15 feet and are being caught with jerk and medium crank baits. Crappie are biting at 12-15 feet and are being caught with minnows. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 252.04, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Crappie are biting at 18 feet and can be found around the bridges in good weather conditions. Catfish can be found on the bottom. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 217.34, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.
When the weather is right, bass, stripers and crappie are biting at depths of 10-15 feet and are being caught with jerk bait and Alabama rigs. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 302.33, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Crappie are biting at 18 feet. Catfish can be found on the bottom. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.
Shearon Harris Lake
In good weather, Bass are biting in the mouths of the creeks and are in 20-30 feet of water and are being caught with spoon baits. Crappie can be hooked at 25-30 feet with minnows and soft plastics. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)