• Freshwater Fishing

    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
    Pony head jigs like this Road Runner account for a lot of crappie, especially in stained water where the small spinner provides vibration and flash.

    The jig is up. But which one?

    Crappie fishermen have dozens of styles of jigs from which to choose. Learn when and where to tie one on, and which styles match which fishing situations.
    March 01 at 7:00am
    Don’t get stucks shallow for Santee Cooper’s spring slabs.

    Sack Santee’s spring slabs

    The spawn may be at hand, but one guide on South Carolina’s Santee Cooper lakes said deep water may be the ticket to some of the best crappie fishign of the year.
    March 01 at 7:00am
    North Carolina's Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are closed through April 7.

    Hatchery Supported Trout Waters now closed through April

    NCWRC will stock waters during closed season
    February 28 at 9:48pm
    A former bank building in Bryson City is the new home of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians.

    Fly-fishing museum gets a new life

    Swain County, Bryson City welcome history exhibits
    February 19 at 9:00am
    Todd Vick poses with a typical wintertime river crappie.

    Tips for Haw River's winter crappie

    Unseasonably warm February weather equals hot crappie bite
    February 13 at 6:39pm
    Hickory shad — like this one the author caught — fill the Roanoke River and its tributaries this month.

    Annual shad run sparkles in river

    Hickory shad pour into Roanoke River this month
    February 12 at 10:01am
    Regan Norris caught this beautiful rainbow trout in the waters of South Carolina’s Lower Saluda River.

    Try Saluda for surprise rainbows

    Stocked trout in Midlands river are ready for March lures
    February 12 at 9:48am