Oregon Inlet continues as the most promising place to go fishing along the Carolinas coast.
Limits of dolphin (mahi mahi) have been boated during the past several days, along with blackfin and yellowfin tuna, wahoo and numerous billfish.
Lake Norman: Good for hybrids in the 18-inch range in mixed schools with white perch. The best catches are being made north of the N.C. 150 Bridge on live baits. The schools are suspended 20 feet deep over 50 feet of water. Fair for largemouth and spotted bass during the first hour or so after dawn on topwater lures like the Pop R. Fair to good catches of bass at night on soft plastic lures cast to lighted docks. Good for catfish on cut baits worked near Cowans Ford Dam. Fair crappie at night under lights on minnows.
Lake Wylie: Good for catfish drifting with cut baits near the river channel in the middle section of the reservoir. Favored depth is 15-22 feet. Fair to good for crappie at night on minnows.
Mountain Island Lake: Fair to good for bream and catfish. Crappie at night under lights.
Union County lakes: Fair at all four – Cane Creek Park, Lee, Monroe and Twitty – for largemouth bass, bream and catfish.
Yadkin/Pee Dee River lakes: Fair nighttime crappie catches are reported from all lakes – High Rock, Tuckertown, Badin, Tillery and Blewett Falls. Fair to good for largemouth bass, bream and catfish at all five lakes.
Lakes James, Rhodhiss, Hickory: Good for smallmouth bass on spoons trolled 25-30 feet down, with a few largemouth also being boated. Fair for crappie on James at night. Fair for largemouth, bream and catfish at Hickory and Rhodhiss.
Rankin Lake: Fair at the Gastonia municipal reservoir for bream and catfish.
Hampton Lake, Yadkin County: Fair for bream and catfish.
Fontana Lake: Fair largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass on crankbaits and jerk lures cast to the points early and late in the day. Trout at night on crawlers worked 40-50 feet deep against the concrete of the dam. Good for bream on crickets.
Lake Wateree: Fair for crappie around brush 18-22 feet deep on jigs in green, pearl and yellow patterns.
Lake Murray: Channel catfish during early morning on cut baits, shrimp and stink baits fished 5-25 feet down on humps and points.
Lake Thurmond: Crappie in brush along the river channel 15-25 feet down.
Santee Cooper lakes: Fair for crappie around cover 16-24 feet deep on minnows. Fair for largemouth bass on a variety of lures cast to grass edges and the bases of cypress trees.
Lake Hartwell: Slow.
Lake Keowee: Fair for largemouth and spotted bass in the hour after dawn on topwater lures, then 20-30 feet deep around humps and points on drop-shot rigs.
Lake Jocassee: Good for smallmouth and spotted bass bass on soft plastic lures cast to fallen trees and shoreline brush.
Outer Banks: Nags Head area: Improving for spots, pompano and whiting in the surf and at piers. Oregon Inlet: Fair for king mackerel offshore. Lots of Spanish mackerel at the near-shore artificial reefs. Good for blues, flounder and Spanish mackerel inshore. Trout and red drum in the backwaters. Hatteras Island: Continuing very good to excellent in Pamlico Sound near Hatteras Village for big red drum. Good offshore for limits of dolphin, along with blackfin tuna and sailfish. Scattered blues, croaker, flounder, pompano, Spanish mackerel, spots and whiting continue in the surf at various locations from Salvo to Hatteras Inlet. Blacktip shark in the surf at Cape Point near Buxton. Ocracoke Island: Blues, flounder, gray trout, pompano, puppy drum and whiting in the surf. Dolphin offshore. Morehead City area: Good to excellent offshore for wahoo, with blackfin tuna and sailfish also showing in the catch. Plentiful amberjack at the artificial reefs. Blues and Spanish mackerel along the beach and at piers. Red drum and trout in the backwaters.
Southeastern N.C. Coast: Good to excellent offshore for wahoo, with some trolling parties boating as many as eight per trip. Scattered king mackerel and a few cobia in the 10-15-mile range offshore. Good for tarpon at the Bald Head Island shoals using dead spots for bait. Flounder and spadefish at the near-shore artificial reefs. Red drum and trout in New River and the Bald Head Island creeks. Picking up for flounder and trout in other backwaters. Scattered flounder, pompano, spot and whiting in the surf and at piers.
S.C. Coast: Little River area: Flounder, sheepshead and speckled trout during very early morning. Grand Strand area: Good to excellent offshore for wahoo. Tarpon at the Winyah Bay jetties. Sheepshead at the Georgetown and Murrells Inlet jetties. Scattered flounder and reds, or spottails in the creeks. Scattered croaker, pompano, reds, spots and whiting in the surf and at piers. Charleston area: Tarpon continue to show in good numbers near the harbor mouth and hit blue crabs and mullet. Flounder in the creeks on mud minnows. Fair for reds under backwater docks. Beaufort/Hilton Head area: Good near Hilton Head for reds during falling tides on cut menhaden and mullet cast to shell rakes.