South Carolina Freshwater Fishing Trends – 6/16/2008

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Mountains Area
Lake Jocassee:

  • Trout: Very good. Nice catches of large rainbow trout are being reported trolling in 50 – 70 feet of water using trolling spoons or large plugs; also pull large live shiners in the same zone.
  • Largemouth and Redeye Bass: Excellent. Fish have finished spawning but are still up against the banks. The hot lure remains dark swamp crawler green pumpkin Zoom worms.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Excellent. Fish Texas rigged worms around rocky points and shallows.

Lake Keowee:

  • Largemouth Bass: Good. Fish Carolina rigged worms in watermelon, chartreuse, and pumpkin seed colors around islands and boat docks. Around the North end of the lake Lake Fork swimbaits in magic shad, blue back herring, and pearl white are producing good numbers of fish slow rolling around points and coves.
  • Spotted Bass: Very good. Spots are biting very well on shallow running crankbaits fished in 18 to 25 feet of water. Fish the upper part of the lake around Mile Creek and High Falls.
  • Crappie: Good. Crappie have moved out to 20-25 feet of water and can be caught fishing up against bridge pilings at night.

Lake Hartwell:

  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. From 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. lots of fish are breaking water all over the Seneca, but many of them are short. Later on large schools of fish are being marked from 30 to 35 feet, but enticing them to bite is difficult.
  • Largemouth Bass: Very good. Some bass are still shallow and being caught on spinnerbaits. In deeper water many anglers are targeting bass fishing large worms like the Zoom Mag 2 in Tequila Sunrise, black and green pumpkinseed colors. Later in the day many people are Carolina rigging around points.
  • Bream: Good. Bream have moved into very shallow water and are feeding aggressively.

Piedmont Area
Lake Russell:

  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair. Try Carolina Rigging or fishing finesse worms in 10 to 15 feet of water. Green pumpkinseed and purple worms are good choices, as is watermelon color.
  • Catfish: Good, using cut bait and nightcrawlers along the bottom.
  • Bream and shellcracker: Good. Fish have already moved into shallow water.

Lake Thurmond:

  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good. Striper fishing in 45 feet of water under the 378 bridge is very strong using live herring.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. Early in the morning bass are being caught around secondary points using Zara Spooks.
  • Crappie: Good. Look for brush in 20 to 25 feet of water; minnows are producing better than jigs.
  • Shellcracker: Excellent. Target shellcracker using red worms, pink worms, and crickets.

Lake Wylie:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. After 10 a.m. or so move deeper and fish the drops using Carolina rigs with an extra long leader- a strong color is watermelon seed dipped in chartreuse glow dye. Finesse worms in cotton candy, kudzu and green worked very slowly are also productive.
  • White Perch: Fair. Fish in 18-24 feet of water next to river channels and look for sandy bottoms. Use a minnow or small spoon lowered to the bottom and then bumped slowly.
  • Shellcracker: Very good. Fish deep drops using red worms fished on a dead line.
  • Catfish: Very good. Anglers are catching large numbers of catfish fishing with mussels, shrimp, and stinkbaits.

Midlands Area
Lake Greenwood:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Early, late and nights are the most productive times to fish for bass right now. Use floating worms around rock piles, brushpiles and drop-offs along the bank.
  • Crappie: Slow. Crappie have moved out over deep brush piles.
  • Bream and Shellcracker: Very good. Fish 2-5 feet of water using crickets and red worms.
  • Catfish: Very good. Fish on the bottom using cut bait or worms, and try fishing at night.

Lake Wateree:

  • Largemouth Bass: Tough. Some schooling action is beginning to be reported and spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and plastic worms are all producing off and on – people are throwing everything and have yet to find a pattern that is consistently working.
  • Crappie: Fair. Trolling with jigs and minnows is most effective, and the June Creek area has been productive.
  • Catfish: Very good. Target big blue cats using cut bait fished on the edges of holes. Fish are being caught on stinkbaits, worms, cut bait, and live bait fished on the bottom.
  • Bream: Very good. Fish 1 to 5 feet of water using worms and crickets.

Lake Murray:

  • Striped Bass: Good. Best action is coming fishing down rods with live bait in 30 to 60 feet of water. Cut bait is also working well in the middle of the day, and early and late look for schooling fish chasing bait up to the surface.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Early morning topwater with pencil poppers, Zara Spooks, and buzzbaits may be productive. Later in the day switch to shaky head worms in watermelon candy and green pumpkinseed colors fished in 2 to 15 feet of water.
  • Crappie: Poor. Check deep brushpiles.
  • Shellcracker and bream: Good. Fish red worms and baby nightcrawlers around the banks and a few feet off.
  • Catfish: Good. Cut herring and nightcrawlers are producing over most of the lake.

Santee Cooper System            
Lake Marion:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Fish Texas rigged worms in slightly deeper areas.
  • Catfish: Good. Towards the dam catfish are staying deep during the day but being caught shallow at night.
  • Crappie: Slow. Crappie are likely making their way towards deep water haunts for the summer.
  • Bream and Shellcracker: Very good. Fish shallow water along the banks near Rimini Swamp, Santee Park, Stump Hole.

Lake Moultrie:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Try deep Carolina or Texas rigging.
  • Catfish: Good. At night large flatheads and blues are both being caught in shallow water. Drifting is productive, as well as anchoring and fishing cut bait on the bottom when the lake is too calm to drift. Best catches are coming using cut mullet and herring.
  • Crappie: Fair. Look for structure in 20 to 25 feet of water and fish minnows vertically.
  • Shellcracker: Very good. Fish are being caught around cypress trees, especially where they meet lilies. Fish worms shallow.

South Carolina Rivers

Chattooga River

  • Trout: Good.
  • Fly Fishing report: The area from Pig Pen Creek up to the North Carolina border should still hold trout, though, and dry flies like the Light Henderson, Light Cayhill, Addams, and lighter caddis flies tied out of elkhair should produce.

Saluda River

  • Striped Bass: Slow to fair. Throw large plugs, topwater poppers, or fish live shad or herring under corks or on the bottom. For now target the area closer to the dam.
  • Trout: Fair. Fly fishermen should cast Wooly Buggers or similar flies; several hatches have already taken place.

Santee Diversion Canal

  • Bream and Shellcracker: Very good. Fish are being caught throughout the canal.
  • Catfish: Very good. Flathead catfish are being caught in the canal at night. Anchor or slowly drift cut bait.
  • Bass: Good. Largemouth are stacked in the canal around drops where the water goes from shallow to 15 feet almost vertically.

Savannah River

  • Striped/ Hybrid Bass: Hit or miss. When the correct gates are open on the Lake Thurmond Dam action can be fast, but at other times fish are not feeding.