• Freshwater Fishing

    Big streams are ideal for streamer fishing, especially when water is high and dingy, as it often is after summer showers and thunderstorms.

    Streamers are made for summer trout

    Flies that imitate fish are the ticket in some instances
    September 19 at 9:00am
    Restrictions and bag limits are almost non-existent for white perch. The fish are an invasive species and considered a nuisance by most states in the southeast.

    Year-round white perch

    September 15 at 7:00am
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    September 15 at 7:00am
    Mike Curtis of Rockingham, N.C., said it’s so easy to catch big catfish in the Pee Dee River that anyone can do it.

    Pee Dee River catfish made for floating boats

    Trophy fish are available for much of river’s length
    September 14 at 9:00am
    Whether he’s feeding white perch to Lake Gaston’s trophy catfish or eating them himself, catfish guide Zakk Royce knows there’s plenty of perch to go round.

    Solve the perch equation

    Fishing for food or bait? White perch are one fish that fills the bill in both instances across the Carolinas. Here’s how to fill your bait tank and fish fryer.
    September 01 at 7:00am
    A fly fisher works a pool in Hazel Creek, a blue-ribbon trout stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Hazel creek: A trout treasure

    One of the most-famous streams in the east, hazel creek is worth the effort it takes to get there
    August 19 at 9:00am
    Guide Bobby Winters likes to start his drifts in deep water and drift up and across the shallow areas of bottom contours.

    Summer, shallows are not exclusive

    Don’t give up on catfish when August arrives
    August 16 at 9:00am
    Blue catfish in the Santee Cooper system will be managed, at least until 2019, under regulations passed in 2007, not the creel and size limits passed in 2014.

    Santee Cooper blue catfish regulations have been changed again

    Sunset clause wipes out regs approved in 2014
    August 15 at 12:00pm
    A three-way swivel allows crappie fishermen to troll a crankbait at a certain depth and drag along a second lure in slightly deeper water.

    Make crappie do a double-take

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Tyler Barnes and Emily Howell pose with the 68-pound blue catfish they caught on July 30 to win the two-month long EZ Bait and Tackle EZ3 tournament.

    Pikeville angler catches, releases 68-pound blue catfish

    Big blue took first place in two-month long tournament
    August 01 at 7:18pm
    Crankbaits are an often-overlooked weapon in an angler’s crappie arsenal.

    Cranking up crappie

    When slabs reach their summer haunts in deeper water, if often takes a vibrating, rattling crankbait to draw a strike. Here’s how to get one.
    August 01 at 7:00am
    Summer conditions aren’t the greatest for catching mountain trout, but with a few choices, you can put yourself in position for some great trips.

    Find your summer trout strategies

    Plan for problems that hot-weather conditions present and head to the right stream
    July 19 at 9:00am
    Bluegills will concentrate their spawning efforts under a full or new moon.

    Check the moon

    July 15 at 7:00am
    Blue catfish on North Carolina’s Kerr Lake will be close to food in August: either mussels or baitfish schools.

    Tips for Kerr Lake catfish

    Fish mussel beds or baitfish schools for best hot-weather action on blues
    July 12 at 2:32pm
    Guide Rodger Taylor hefts a nice Lake Wylie flathead catfish, caught on a summer night.

    Wylie flatheads perk up in the heat

    After-dark action is best around deep holes, current breaks in river
    July 12 at 1:11pm