Area fishing report 12.24.14


Oregon Inlet

Yellowfin and bluefin are biting. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.


Inshore, sharks, skates and dog fish are biting. Offshore, blackfin 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.


By the beach, black drum, puppy drum and blues are biting. Offshore, wahoo and trigger fish are being caught. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Inshore, trout and puppy drum fishing has been inconsistent. Offshore, bluefin can be found. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Drum, sea mullet and speckled trout are being caught near the piers and in the surf. Speckled trout, flounder and red drum are biting in the sound. Offshore, king mackerel and bluefin are being hooked. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Inshore and in the surf, trout and drum fishing has been strong. Offshore, grouper are being hooked in the 35- to 40-mile range. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Inshore, trout and red drum are being hooked . Offshore, wahoo and king mackerel are being caught. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.


Falls Lake

Bass are biting at 6-10 feet and are being caught with Alabama rigs. Crappie are biting at 10-12 feet and are being caught with minnows. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 252.06, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

Crappie are biting at 2-37 feet. Catfish can be found on the bottom. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 251.86, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Bass, stripers and crappie are biting at depths of 8-25 feet and are being caught with jigs and Carolina rigs. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 300.02, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Lake Wheeler

Crappie are biting at 2-37 feet. Catfish can be found on the bottom. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.

Shearon Harris Lake

Bass are biting in the mouths of the creeks, are in 8-15 feet of water and are being caught with plastics. Crappie can be hooked at 15-20 feet with minnows. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.

(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)