Area fishing report


Oregon Inlet

Offshore , bluefin are being hooked. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.


Along the beaches, puppy drum and speckled trout are biting. Offshore, blackfin and yellowfin 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, some puppy drum are biting. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

When the weather is good, speckled trout and red drum are biting inshore. Offshore, sea bass and bottom fishing has been good. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Inshore, speckled trout and red drum are being caught. Offshore, bluefin, red snapper and sea bass are being caught. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Striper fishing in the Cape Fear River has been good. 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.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Trout have been biting by the piers and in the backwaters. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.


Falls Lake

Bass are biting are biting at 15-25 feet and are being caught with blade baits. Crappie are biting at 15-20 feet and are being caught with minnows. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.84, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

Crappie are biting at 18 feet and can be found around the bridges. Catfish can be found on the bottom. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.21, 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 10-30 feet and are being caught with live bait and Alabama rigs. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 298.63, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Lake Wheeler

Crappie are biting at 18 feet and can be found around the bridges. 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 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/)