Outdoors

Area fishing report

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Near shore, blue fish, speckled trout, puppy drum and Spanish mackerel are biting. Offshore, white marlin, blue marlin and sail fish can be found. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Near the piers, blues, sea mullet and puppy drum are being hooked. Near the beach, sea mullet and croaker are biting. 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

Inshore, red drum and flounder are biting, and wahoo can be found offshore. Off the beach, big drum are being caught, along with sea mullet, blue fish and flounder. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Inshore, puppy drum, t rout, flounder, Spanish mackerel and king mackerel are being hooked. Offshore, wahoo, dolphin and king mackerel are biting. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Spots, blues, Spanish mackerel, red drum, black drum and king mackerel are being caught in the surf and by the pier. Offshore, grouper, sea bass and king mackerel can be found. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Inshore, flounder, drum, trout and Spanish mackerel are being hooked. Offshore, blackin, wahoo and grouper are biting. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Offshore, wahoo, yellowfin, king mackerel, mahi-mahi, amberjack and cobia are 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.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Bass are schooling and biting from the surface down to 15 feet. Crappie and catfish can be found anywhere from 10-15 feet. Carolina rigs and minnows have been effective.

Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.07, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

Bass and crappie are biting at 9-12 feet and are being caught with minnows. Catfish are biting near the bottom and are being caught with worms and shrimp. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 215.38, 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 299.97, 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 and are being caught with minnows. 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. Crappie can be hooked around 10-15 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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