Area fishing report


Oregon Inlet

Offshore, yellowfin, dolphin and blue marlin can be found. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.


Red drum, Spanish mackerel and cobia are being caught inshore. Offshore, blue marlin, dolphin, blackfin 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.


Puppy drum, cobia and grey trout are being caught inshore and by the surf. Offshore, wahoo, dolphin and trigger fish can be found. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Offshore, wahoo and dolphin are being hooked. Inshore, sea mullets,blue fish and lots of Spanish mackerel can be found. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Inshore and in the surf, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano, black drum and red drum are being caught. On the sound side, red drum, blues and flounder can be found. Offshore and in the stream, cobia, mahi and grouper are biting.Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Red drum are being caught in the creeks. Speckled trout can be found along the creek mouths. Black drum are biting near the docks and blue fish are showing up near the inlets. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Inshore, Spanish mackerel, blue fish and flounder are being hooked. Offshore, wahoo and dolphin can be found. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.


Falls Lake

Bass are biting are biting at 10-20 feet and are being caught with spinner and being caught with Carolina rigs. Crappie are biting at 5-15 feet and are being caught with minnows. Catfish are biting on large minnows and night crawlers at about 5-20 feet. White Bass have moved down-lake and are being caught with anything shiny. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.65, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

Crappie are biting at 10-12 feet. Catfish can be found on the bottom. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.32, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Bass and crappie are biting at depths of 10-25 feet and are being caught with soft plastics and spinner bait. Striper bass are biting good at night. Catfish are biting in the river. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 299.50, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Lake Wheeler

Crappie are biting at 10-12 feet. Catfish can be found on the bottom. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.

Shearon Harris Lake

Bass are biting around the banks are being caught with jerk baits. Crappie can be hooked at 10-15 feet with minnows and jig bait. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.

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