Offshore, dolphin fishing has been strong, while yellowfin, blackfin and amberjacks are biting. Inshore, speckled trout and drum can be hooked. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Dolphin and wahoo fishing has been excellent. Amberjack and tilefish are biting near the bottom. Inshore, red drum and blue fish can be found. 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.
Sea mullet, black drum, sheepshead, red drum and undersized flounder are biting on the south end of Portsmouth Island. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Wahoo and king mackerel are being hooked offshore. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Sea mullet and blues have been biting on the surf. Finger mullet can be found along the beach, along with Spanish mackerel. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Inshore and around the inlet, flounder and speckled trout are biting. Live bait has been effective. In the surf, red drum, bluefish and Spanish mackerel are being hooked. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Offshore, wahoo, yellowfin, king mackerel, mahi-mahi, amberjack and cobiaare being hooked. Near shore, blue fish, black bass, flounder and shark can be found. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Bass are in early stages of fall migration and are being caught around 8-12 feet down with Carolina rigs. White bass and largemouth bass are schooling. Crappie are being hooked at 14-16 feet with minnows, while catfish can be found at 20 feet and can be caught with eels. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.42, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-847-1222; www.wmi.org.
Bass and crappie are biting at 10-14 feet with soft plastics and spinner bait. Catfish are biting near the bottom and are being caught with worms and shrimp. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.24, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.
Blues are being caught in the main lake. Crappie are biting at 10-18 feet and are being caught with jigs, while stripers can be found on top water. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 301.01, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Bass and crappie are biting at 10-14 feet with soft plastics and spinner bait. Catfish are biting near the bottom and are being caught with worms and shrimp. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.
Shearon Harris Lake
Crappie are being hooked at 8-12 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/)