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Marine Fisheries - North Carolina Fishing — What’s Hot and When

Marine Fisheries

North Carolina Fishing — What’s Hot and When

January

Bluefin tuna, bluefish, clams, oysters, summer flounder, spotted seatrout, striped bass (ocean, coastal rivers)

February

Bay scallops, bluefin tuna, bluefish, clams, oysters, summer flounder, spotted seatrout, striped bass (ocean, coastal rivers), shad

March

Bluefish, bluefin tuna, clams, croaker, oysters, spotted seatrout, striped bass (coastal rivers), shad, wahoo, yellowfin tuna

April

Bluefish, clams, croaker, gray trout, king mackerel, red drum, sea mullet, spotted seatrout, striped bass (coastal rivers), wahoo, yellowfin tuna

May

Bluefish, clams, cobia, crabs, dolphin, flounder, gray trout, king mackerel, sea mullet, sharks, soft crabs, striped bass (coastal rivers), yellowfin tuna

June

Blue marlin, bluefish, clams, cobia, crabs, dolphin, flounder, grouper, king mackerel, sailfish, sea bass, soft crabs, sharks, Spanish mackerel, spotted seatrout, tuna, wahoo, white marlin

July

Blue marlin, bluefish, clams, crabs, dolphin, grouper, sailfish, sea mullet, sharks, soft crabs, Southern flounder, Spanish mackerel, spotted seatrout, tuna, wahoo, white marlin

August

Bluefish, clams, crabs, dolphin, grouper, sea mullet, sharks, southern flounder, Spanish mackerel, spotted seatrout, spots, tarpon, tuna, wahoo, white marlin

September

Bluefish, clams, dolphin, false albacore, gray trout, grouper, king mackerel, red drum, sea mullet, sharks, Southern flounder, Spanish mackerel, spotted seatrout, spots, white marlin

October

Bluefish, clams, false albacore, gray trout, grouper, king mackerel, oysters, red drum, sea mullet, sharks, southern flounder, spotted seatrout, spots, striped bass (coastal rivers), wahoo, yellowfin tuna

November

Bluefish, clams, false albacore, flounder, grouper, king mackerel, oysters, sea mullet, sharks, spotted seatrout, striped bass (coastal rivers), yellowfin tuna

December

Bluefin tuna, bluefish, clams, false albacore, grouper, oysters, sea bass, spotted seatrout, striped bass (ocean, coastal rivers)
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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