Area fishing report


Oregon Inlet

Fishing has still been slow, but there are some blue fin tuna and yellow fin tuna biting off shore. Stripers can also be found biting inshore. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.


Shrimps are being caught, as well as puppy drums biting north of the jetty on jig bait. 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.


Closed until March.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Nearshore ocean water temperatures have recently creeped into the mid-40 degrees and Bogue Sound into the mid-30s. The cold seemed to drive at least some of the missing bigger trout up into the local creeks for the first time this winter. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Puffers can be found along the surf and off the piers. There are some small trout on the soundside as well as small trout and red drum offshore. There is no report of any activity in the Gulf Stream. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Some trout and drum are being caught. Stripers are seen biting in the river. You can also find wahoo and black fin tuna offshore. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Wahoos are biting offshore and in Gulf Stream. In the backwaters and in the creeks, some trout are being caught. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.


Falls Lake

It’s still a bit slow for fishing, but crappie and white perch are biting in the river. It’s slow for the bass and crappie in the lake, but they are biting. Crappies are biting minows. Bass are scattered hitting jerkbait and spoon. Catfish are biting cutbait. Contact Outhouse Tackle Company 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.

Jordan Lake

No report available. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.

Kerr Lake

No report on any fish being caught. Right now the lake is rising, and because of the bad weather, it is very muddy in the area. Once the weather gets warmer, fishing should pick up. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Shearon Harris Lake

No report. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.