• April 2011 - Volume 18, Number 4


    Offshore fishing should be decent, but regulations on speckled trout and flounder are more restrictive in hopes of rebuilding stocks.

    North Carolina’s saltwater species are trying to hold their own, but there’s some trouble in River City — especially the portions of rivers that run through inshore waters before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.

    Harvests continue to climb statewide, but some counties are definitely better than others.

    If you compared North Carolina’s spring wild-turkey harvest from, say, 20 years ago, with last spring’s county-by-county numbers, one thing would stand out — other than the sheer number of places where gobblers were killed in 2010.

    Lake Moultrie’s shallows can be a sight-fishing heaven in April, if you heed these experts’ advice.

    Springtime has finally arrived after a brutal winter, and with turkeys gobbling and azaleas blooming, the warming, shallow waters of Lake Moultrie welcome back the big green fish with the big mouths and the swollen bellies.

    Bullheads are king at this natural lake in the middle of the Croatan National Forest.

    Any map of eastern North Carolina will show a moderate-sized hole in the middle of a vast area of virtual nothingness: the 160,000 acres of Croatan National Forest. Southeast of Catfish Lake waterfowl impoundment, where duck hunters head each hunting season, the lake shares the name, taunting the adventurous angler to give fishing for catfish a try.

    April marks the beginning of outstanding offshore fishing in the bluewater off South Carolina’s coast.

    Charleston Harbor is 50 miles and two hours behind, and an eager crew is staring intently at baits being trolled down a weedline, waiting, knowing it’s just a matter of time.

    Catching striped bass with the long rod isn’t difficult, and it adds a sense of accomplishment during North Carolina’s No. 1 spring spawning run.

    Guide Chuck Laughridge eased his aluminum boat along a rock-strewn shoreline at Weldon’s public boat ramp last April to pick up a late-arriving angler around 9 a.m.

    April action in this sprawling marsh area makes a longer drive worth the extra miles.

    Rob Beglin of Inshore Xtreme Guide Service lives in Pawley’s Island, but when he takes parties fishing, he drives a good 45 minutes south to the Cape Romain/Bulls Bay area.

    Easy access and productivity make this destination among North Carolina’s most popular.

    Wrightsville Beach is a coastal destination many fishermen are aware of, even if they have never visited or fished there; the latter would be a bit of a surprise.

    April is prime time for filling your cooler on one of South Carolina’s best crappie lakes.

    If you’re looking for springtime crappie, April can often provide the best fishing of the year. This is particularly true at Lake Wateree, a mid-state hotspot known for producing lots of crappie and plenty of slabs.

    The three ‘faces’ of the Nantahala River offer trout fishermen different options for angling enjoyment.

    Loosely translated from the Cherokee, Nantahala means “land of the noon-day sun.” The descriptive place name is apt, because over much of its flow, and especially in the gorge marking its lower reaches, sunshine reaches the Nantahala River for only a few hours each day.

    The first week is the hot one, but know how to succeed throughout the season from these experts.

    If you’re serious about tagging a gobbler in South Carolina’s Upstate region, it’s important to hunt the first week of the season that begins April 1. According to data compiled by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, hunter success is highest in that first week.

    This Palmetto State ‘all-star’ team has definite ideas about how to tackle toms in the spring.

    Every sport has its superstars, players who stand head and shoulders above the rest: Albert Pujols in baseball, Tom Brady in football, Tiger Woods in golf — and turkey hunting is no exception.

    Lake Moultrie bass and bluewater dolphin are two reasons anglers have been counting down the days to April.