• Freshwater Fishing

    Drift-fishing is an established way for Santee Cooper fishermen to land striped bass and blue catfish.

    Double dipping for stripers, cats

    Santee offers great November opportunities
    Yesterday at 9:00am
    Trout will hit a variety of nymph patterns if the weighted flies are kept near the bottom of a stream.

    “High stick” technique

    November 15 at 6:00am
    Learning how to locate and recognize parts of a stream or pool that, because of a change in bottom contour, will hold trout is a key to catching more fish.

    Recognizing productive water

    November 15 at 6:00am
    Nymphs are a trout angler’s winter dream flies in the Carolinas.

    Get down for trout

    Purists love dry-fly fishing for mountain trout, but nymphs catch more and larger fish in the colder months. For consistent catches, go deep with nymphs.
    November 01 at 7:00am
    Lake James State Park features a fishing pier, and it’s in close proximity to a handful of public boat landings on the 6,500-acre mountain lake in Burke and McDowell counties.

    Park your tackle at this state park

    Lake James is a jewel for mountain fishermen
    October 19 at 9:00am
    The Santee Cooper lakes have been producing trophy blue, channel and flathead catfish for more than 50 years.

    A long-time trophy fishery

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Professional angler Whitey Outlaw loves fishing heavy vegetation for crappie.

    VIDEO - How to catch crappie in thick grass beds

    If you bypass vegetation mats, you're missing a lot of fish
    October 09 at 2:00pm
    The new size limit on striped bass is now in effect on North Carolina's Tar, Neuse, and Pungo rivers.

    New inland striped bass limits on Tar, Neuse, and Pungo rivers

    New size limit effective as of Oct. 1, 2018
    October 08 at 7:37pm
    Plenty of big catfish swim in South Carolina’s Santee Cooper lakes, and fall is prime time to target them.

    The cats’ meow

    October kicks off the best fishing of the year for trophy blue catfish on the Santee Cooper lakes. It’s prime time to take advantage of these bruisers.
    October 01 at 7:00am
    Oct. 1 marks the first day of the 2018-19 Delayed Harvest trout season in Western North Carolina.

    Delayed Harvest trout regulations now if effect for 36 trout waters in WNC

    Delayed Harvest runs Oct. 1 through May 31
    September 30 at 5:12pm
    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 September trout

    Flies that imitate fish are the ticket in some instances
    September 19 at 9:00am
    Guide William Sasser said Clarks Hill spits out a lot of big crappie once October arrives and fish start to feed up for the winter.

    Clarks Hill slabs grow up plenty

    September 17 at 11:28am
    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