• Prescribed burns are beneficial in many ways, and the NCWRC conducts these intentional burns on close to 2 million acres of state game lands.


    Cape Fear stripers hit the river in good numbers this month

    Once the water and weather cools, striped bass become the primary target of fishermen in the Cape Fear, Northeast Cape Fear and Brunswick rivers around Wilmington, N.C. They are a January favorite even with a moratorium on possessing them throughout the Cape Fear system, where it’s still early in the process of rebuilding stocks. But growing numbers in the three rivers and tributaries around Wilmington find fishermen playing catch-and-release.

    December 21, 2016 at 4:09pm

    800-pound bluefin tuna caught out of Beaufort Inlet, N.C.

    Partnering to catch bluefin tuna for 2017, Tommy Adkins and his first mate, Stephen Lilly are having an outstanding season. After catching a doubleheader the first week of January, they hauled in a 106-inch beast on Jan. 11 that was estimated to weigh more than 800 pounds before being beheaded and gutted — and still weighing 626.

    January 16 at 11:28am

    Forage is key to January

    January’s unpredictable weather, along with cold water temperatures, is a given, and it makes targeting a single species of fish on the Santee Cooper lakes risky in terms of enjoying good action — but fast action and quality fish are available. A key is to allow the weather and water conditions to dictate what’s best at any given time. 

    January 16 at 9:00am

    Here, piggy, piggy, piggy

    The weather may seem very similar to December, but January is definitely a transitional month for outdoorsman around the Carolinas — especially the thousands of deer hunters out there. More hunters participate in deer season than all of the other game animals combined. But just because the season is over doesn’t mean the deer rifle should be retired to the gun cabinet. Hunters can continue hunting, targeting a different quarry with large white tusks in the front and a pair of country hams bringing up the rear. 

    January 09, 2014 at 9:00am

    Cool runnings - North Carolina’s out-of-the-way Hyco Lake is a winter paradise, thanks to hot water

    Among outdoors and non-outdoors people, bass anglers are considered, well, a little off kilter.

    January 01, 2015 at 7:00am

    January is big-fish time

    Fishing can still be very good in January on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie despite the typical cold weather, especially for catfish and stripers. One of the best species for consistent action is catfish; more than one way of finding and catching these fish will work in January.

    January 15, 2015 at 9:00am

    Add noise to winter lures

    Fishing can be tough in the winter. Aside from the cold air temperatures that keep many anglers off the water, the lower water temperatures also slow things down for most fish, including their appetites. They still have to eat, but they eat less often and will conserve energy by passing on the chance to chase down a lot of meals. 

    January 01, 2016 at 7:00am

    Turn to active winter fish

    The sport of kayak fishing has generated a tremendous following whose numbers rank among the fastest growing of all outdoor sports. As a barometer, just pay attention on the highway to the plastic fishing craft adorning the roofs, beds and utility trailers of a large number of travelers in spring, summer and fall.

    January 12, 2016 at 9:00am

    G’town reds are on

    January can bring blustery conditions even to the south. But that doesn’t mean the redfish won’t be biting, and the backwaters around Georgetown are ground zero for winter reds.

    Matt Bellamy of Captain Matt’s Saltwater Charters said winter is prime time to slide into a skinny water creek and land double-digit reds out of the same hole. 

    December 21, 2016 at 3:07pm

    D.O.A. Lures making push into freshwater market

    Ask any angler across the Carolinas to name a top selling soft plastic lure for saltwater, and you’d be hard-pressed to find one that wouldn’t mention D.O.A. Lures. This Florida-based company has been making lures for the saltwater market for many years, and is widely known as the first company to successfully make a soft plastic shrimp, which many other companies have tried to reproduce.

    January 13 at 8:23am

    Prep for winter paddling

    Winter is one of the best times to fish anywhere in the Carolinas. The weather is more stable than spring and fall, and angling pressure and boat traffic are lower. Likewise, a number of fish species readily bite all winter.

    January 14 at 9:00am

    Cool Bubbles

    The Marine Metal Products 8-quart Cool Bubbles bait container is a reliable addition to any angler’s arsenal. This insulated livewell was designed for fresh and saltwater use and the multi-purpose lid has a large opening for easy bait net access, a cutting surface and mounting tabs for tools or tackle. The air pump helps to maintain a constant air temperature and is capable of running approximately 44 hours with 2 alkaline D batteries, making it great for long term use.

    January 09 at 11:27am

    Lake Hartwell crappie bite is a delicate one

    When winter sets in and water temperatures drop below 48 degrees in South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, stripers, hybrids and black bass pretty much shut down, with a few exceptions. When that happens, according to guide Preston Harden of Commerce, Ga., it’s time to shift gears and go crappie fishing.

    December 21, 2016 at 4:05pm

    Lowcountry reds are there for the picking in early winter

    South Carolina anglers will have no trouble finding redfish in the Lowcountry this month. Getting them to bite, however, will take a little more patience and finesse than at other times of the year. The fish school in large groups through winter; their sheer mass gives them away to even the most-nonchalant angler.

    December 21, 2016 at 4:18pm

    Work Shearon Harris Lake depths for best winter crappie fishing

    Guide Greg Griffin of Holly Springs, N.C., can count on two things in January: falling water temperatures and a consistent, deep-water bite for slab crappie on Shearon Harris Lake.

    December 21, 2016 at 4:00pm

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