• Freshwater Fishing

    Anglers can fish North Carolina's Hatchery Supported Trout Waters with no bait restrictions and a seven-fish limite beginning April 7, 2018

    North Carolina's Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters to open April 7

    No bait restrictions, seven trout per day limit for each angler
    March 27 at 1:44pm
    Guide Todd Vick said crappie fishing on the Waccamaw River can be excellent in April.

    Waccamaw River slabs

    April fishing great in coastal river
    March 23 at 3:12pm
    Start your fishing trips this month later in the day, after the sun has had a chance to warm the waters of trout streams and allow fish like this nice brown become more active.

    Trout in the Ides of March

    Part winter, part spring, the third month offers anglers interesting opportunities in mountain streams
    March 19 at 9:00am
    Shooting under docks to get to hard-to-reach crappie is normally best done with a round-head jig that flutters when it falls.

    When to tip a jig with a minnow

    March 15 at 8:00am
    B’n’M Sharp Shooter rod

    New gear reviews

    March 15 at 8:00am

    March’s best fishing bets

    March 15 at 8:00am
    A kayak is a great platform for “shooting” a tiny jig back up under a dock during prime crappie fishing times.

    Paddle, pedal to plenty of crappie

    Kayaks, canoes can put you in great spots for spring slabs
    March 14 at 9:00am
    With water levels good and the weather stabilizing in western NC, the trout fishing is good in several rivers and smaller creeks right now.

    Western North Carolina trout fishing report

    What's biting, and where?
    March 12 at 3:29pm
    Bowfin, a/k/a mudfish, are sporty fighters and thrive in the Carolinas.

    Species spotlight : bowfin

    Commonly called mudfish, this ancient fish thrives in the Carolinas
    March 08 at 9:37pm
    The 2018 striped bass season on the Roanoke River officially opened on March 1 and runs through April 30.

    2018 striped bass season on Roanoke River is now open

    Season run through April 30
    March 05 at 5:27pm
    Don’t let the Kerr Lake slab spawn catch up to you.

    Running the slab spawn

    Much like running the tide to stay in productive waters, this guide on Kerr Reservoir tries to stay one step ahead of the crappie spawn — one giant step.
    March 01 at 7:00am
    Planer boards open up shallow water to spring crappie trollers.

    Crappie on a different plane

    Planer boards allow fishermen to slow-troll their baits and lures in extremely shallow water as prespawn slabs move toward the bank. Here’s how to set up for this technique.
    March 01 at 7:00am