South Carolina Freshwater Fishing Trends – 7/7/2008

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Mountains Area
Lake Jocassee:

  • Largemouth Bass: Good, casting Carolina-rigged worms, and topwater plugs with slow retrieve. Also in early morning drifting minnows off shallow points.
  • Trout: Fair, trolling early in the day in 40 to 65 feet water with Sutton spoons, Doctor spoons and Apex spoons. Also try drifting large minnows early in the morning in 40 feet of water.
  • Black Bass: Excellent. Early morning the best action is coming on topwater lures until the sun gets high around 9 or 10 a.m. Areas that have rocks and some wood seem to be most productive, and the hot lure remains dark swamp crawler green pumpkin Zoom trick worms.

Lake Keowee:

  • Largemouth Bass: Good, casting Carolina-rigged worms, crankbaits and jerk baits to the banks around brush. Also, some schooling activity has been reported. Most productive time to catch fish is at night.
  • Crappie: Good, using small minnows and jigs in 20 to 25 feet of water around brush piles and bridge pilings.
  • Bream: Good. Fish live crickets, minnows, and worms in 5 to 15 feet of water.

Lake Hartwell:

  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good, using live herring with down-rods in deep water around river channels 15 to 30 feet deep. Also trolling jigs off points. Visit the Lake Hartwell message board at for more.
  • Largemouth Bass: Very good. In the early morning use topwater lures along points and as the sun gets higher switch to shaky head worms and Carolina rigs in 20 to 30 feet of water.
  • Bream: Fair, using redworms and crickets around brush piles and in covers.

Piedmont Area
Lake Russell:

  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Good. Overall the topwater bite has been strong first thing, and then later anglers are having to fish deep around the trees. Try Carolina Rigging or fishing finesse worms in 15 to 20 feet of water, and green pumpkinseed and purple worms are good choices, as is watermelon color.
  • Crappie: Fair. There are reports of decent numbers of crappie being caught trolling up Beaverdam Creek in the late evening.
  • Catfish: Good, using cut bait and nightcrawlers on the bottom.
  • Bream: Excellent, using red wigglers, pinks, crickets and nightcrawlers around bridge pilings.

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: Very Good, casting plastic worms. Also, try Little Cleos and spinnerbaits. Good catches with deep-running Rebels and ShadRaps. Bass are beginning to bed.
  • 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: Good, casting bass jigs and medium-running crankbaits along points close to the bottom. Striped Bass: Good, using spoons and bucktails behind Lake Wylie dam.
  • White Bass: Good, casting small bucktails and spoons.
  • White Perch: Good. 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; crickets will also work.
  • Shellcracker: Good, using redworms and crickets on the bottom.
  • Catfish: Good. Use mussels, shrimp, and stinkbaits.

Midlands Area
Lake Greenwood:

  • Largemouth Bass: From very early until 8 a.m. topwaters and floating worms are productive fished around blocks walls, drops, and riprap.
  • Striped Bass: Fair. A few anglers are catching fish with bucktail jigs trolled in 30 feet of water.
  • Crappie: Fair, using small to medium minnows and mini jigs over brush in 12 – 15 feet of water. Night fishing for crappie is the best.
  • Catfish: Good, using redworms with a standard hook, line, sinker and cork in 6 – 8 feet of water.
  • Bream: Good to very good. The fish are bedding and can be caught using crickets and worms fished in 3-5 feet around docks and tree tops.

Lake Wateree:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair, casting to the bank with deep-running crankbaits and plastic. A few bass have been caught on buzzbaits late in the afternoon.
  • Catfish: Very good. Creek mouths where the creeks meet the main river channel are great places to anchor up for bigger catfish.
  • Bream: Very good. Fish 1 to 5 feet of water using worms and crickets.

Lake Murray:

  • Striped Bass: Good, Try using down-rod with live herring in 20 to 60 feet of water and also free-lining herring. Schooling activity reported early morning and late evening hours.
  • Largemouth Bass: Tough. Early in the day fish topwaters like pencil poppers, Zara Spooks, Sammys, and flukes. Later in the day switch to Carolina or Texas rigging with larger worms in the 8 inch range off points.
  • Crappie: Poor. Try deep brushpiles.
  • Shellcracker: Good. Fish in 8 to 12 feet of water on crickets or worms.
  • Bream: Very good. Bream are still shallow. Use crickets.
  • Catfish: Good. Cut herring and nightcrawlers are producing over most any area of the lake from the campground down to the dam on the bottom in 5 to 15 feet of water.

Santee Cooper System            
Lake Marion:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Some really large bass are still being caught with Texas rigged worms in slightly deeper areas.
  • Catfish: Good, fishing with live herring and cut shad off the bottom in deep water.
  • Bream and Shellcrackers: Excellent, using redworms and crickets in 4 to 8 feet of water.

Lake Moultrie:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair, casting, spinnerbaits, plastic worms and lizards along docks and structure in shallow water.
  • Catfish: Very good. During the day bigger fish seem to be keying on the sides of hills and underwater humps in 18 to 24 feet of water, although they may be shallower at times. 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.
  • Bream and shellcracker: Very good. Most shellcracker have already backed off onto deeper water. Fish 1-5 feet for bluegills and 8 to 10 feet for shellcracker.