Area fishing report


Oregon Inlet

Good numbers of mahi mahi, some so big gaffers were needed to bring them in. Inshore are large amounts of speckled trout plus a few flounder and rockfish. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.


Red drum, bluefish and citation size sea mullet are at the Point. Blow toads are reported up and down the north and south beaches. Dolphin, wahoo, bluefish and blue marlin are offshore. Oden’s Dock reports that their boats are back on the water, with dolphin and wahoo coming in. 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 reports good numbers of red drum caught in the surf. Boaters are bringing in gaffer dolphin, puppy drum, Blackstone tuna, triggerfish and snapper. Portsmouth has plenty of black drum, puppy drum, bluefish and sea mullet. Red drum over 4 feet long have come in. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, also on Facebook, and www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Poor weather has kept small boats off the water at Cape Lookout the last few days. Larger boats in deep waters are catching a variety of fish, including black sea bass, triggerfish, porgies and beeliners. At Bogue Inlet, you’ll find sea mullet and trout inshore, flounder and sea bass near coastal, and mahi mahi and blackfin tuna offshore. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725, on Facebook and www.ejwoutdoors.com; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com, www.portsidemarina.com.

Topsail Island

Black drum, dog fish, red drum and bluefish are at the pier and in the surf. The sound is bringing in speckled trout, black drum and flounder. Offshore are wahoo and sea bass. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Beach areas on out are reporting bluefish, Spanish mackerel and king mackerel. Offshore are blackfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Bluefish, king mackerel and Spanish mackerel are being caught off the pier. Creek areas report red and black drum. Kingfish and blackfin tuna are coming in near the Tampa ship channel. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.


Falls Lake

Spawning season is ending, so fish are moving to deeper water. There’s some largemouth bass in shallow areas, but most of the bass, crappie and catfish are at deeper depths. Water level: 252.06 Wednesday. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.

Jordan Lake

Wind and rain the last few days have kept most boaters off the water. Only a few crappie and largemouth bass have been reported. Water level: 217.90 Wednesday. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.

Kerr Lake

Crappie are coming in on brush piles, docks and on trolling boats. Largemouth bass are reported in shallow waters. Muddy waters have kept catfish numbers low. Water level: 301.81 Wednesday. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Shearon Harris Lake

There are plenty of largemouth bass, especially on top water. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.