South Carolina Freshwater Fishing Report – 7/28/2008

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Mountains Area
Lake Jocassee:

  • Trout: Very good. Very nice catches of large rainbow trout are being reported trolling in 70 – 90 feet of water using trolling spoons or large plugs; also pull large live shiners in the same zone. Fishing early and late is best.
  • Black Bass: Excellent. 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 and Spotted Bass: Very good. Early in the morning when the baitfish are moving Lake Fork swimbaits fished in 10 to 25 feet of water in the backs of coves have been productive for spotted bass in the upper part of the lake – magic shad and albino colors have been most effective.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie have moved out to deep water but night fishermen are doing well off and on by fishing up against bridge pilings with a light to attract bait and crappie.
  • Bream: Very good. Fish crickets in 3 to 15 feet of water.

Lake Hartwell:

  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good. Try out lead core line and lures such as Cisco Kids and other similar ones. Also, look for fish stacked up near channels and other 40 – 65 foot deep areas.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. Early and late there is still good topwater action off shoals and points. Deep running crankbaits may also be effective, and deep, shaded boat docks are productive.
  • Bream: Very good. Bream are in very shallow water and are feeding aggressively.

Piedmont Area
Lake Russell:

  • Striped Bass: Fair to good. Striper action is hit or miss. Fish in 20-35 feet over main lake humps or around long, deep points.
  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair. Most anglers fishing for bass are fishing at night with dark plastics worms.
  • Crappie: Fair. There are reports of decent numbers of crappie being caught trolling up Beaverdam Creek in the late evening and around structure under lights at night.
  • Bream: Good. Fish shallow with crickets and red worms.

Lake Thurmond:

  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good. Fish live herring in 30 to 60 feet of water around creek channels and drops.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. Try Texas rigged worms or shad raps.
  • Crappie: Good. Look for brush in 25 to 35 feet of water; minnows are producing better than jigs.
  • Bream: Fair. Fish in 2 to 10 feet of water with crickets or worms.

Lake Wylie:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair to good. Early in the morning anglers are targeting schooling bass feeding on shad first thing with topwater lures, and on cloudy days this bite can continue all day. At night bass can be found down to about 15 feet of water or more fishing dark worms around brush.
  • White Perch: Very good. Fish in 18-22 feet of water on drops 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.
  • Bream: Very good. Use crickets or worms and try to “smell out” the beds. Also fish shallow structure around the shoreline.
  • Catfish: Good. Use mussels, shrimp, and stinkbaits. Fish are also being caught trolling with minnows using traditional crappie fishing methods.

Midlands Area
Lake Greenwood:

  • Largemouth Bass: From very early until 8 a.m. fish around blocks walls that have some depth. Use floating worms in bright colors like white, orange, yellow, or pink. At night fish dark plastic worms around piers or brush piles.
  • Striped Bass: Good. Down around the dam some nice catches of striper are being made even on very hot days – fish early and late with live herring.
  • Crappie: No reports.
  • Bream: Good. Fish about four feet deep.
  • Catfish: Very good. Fish on the bottom using cut bait or worms in 12 to 15 feet of water.

Lake Wateree:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. For several weeks fishermen had been successful fishing soft plastics around the banks, but the best bite may now be with deep running crankbaits like the DD-22.
  • Catfish: Very good. For numbers of fish target the lake flats using cut bait and gizzard shad. 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: Very good. Fish in 40 to 100 feet around open water humps or down by the towers. Best fishing is coming early and late, or at night. Now is the time to experiment with lead core lines, downriggers, or fish down rods.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Fish topwater lures early and late, and during the day fish Carolina rigs or jigs around submerged rocks in 6 to 18 feet of water.
  • Crappie: Poor. No one seems to be finding the crappie right now, except a few guides and other anglers who have favorite deep brushpiles.
  • Shellcracker: Excellent. Fish in 4 to 8 feet of water around points and shallow humps with baby nightcrawlers and red worms.
  • Catfish: Excellent. Fish cut bait and nightcrawlers in 3 to 20 feet.

Santee Cooper System            
Lake Marion:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Fish Texas rigged worms in slightly deeper areas.
  • Catfish: Good to very good. Lots of catfish are being caught both shallow and deep. Fish stinkbaits or cut herring in the flats or the Red Bank area.
  • Crappie: Good. Lots of fish are being caught in the lower part of the lake around stumps in 10 – 12 feet on live minnows.
  • Bream: Good. Fish in 2 – 10 feet with crickets or red wigglers.

Diversion Canal:

  • Catfish: Very good. Use cut or live herring, or live bream.
  • Bream: Fair. Fish with nightcrawlers along drop-offs.

Lake Moultrie:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Try deep Carolina or Texas rigging in deeper water.
  • Catfish: Very good. Fish in 8 to 10 feet using cut herring or stinkbaits for numbers of fish.
  • Crappie: Fair. Look for structure in 20 to 25 feet of water and fish minnows vertically.
  • Bream and shellcracker: Good. Fish 1-5 feet for bluegills and 8 to 10 feet for shellcracker.