South Carolina Freshwater Fishing Trends – 8/11/2008

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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. Night fishing continues to be productive with large fish and good numbers being caught; troll the rivers for best success. Black
  • Bass: Good. Early morning the best action is coming on topwater lures until the sun gets high around 9 or 10 AM. By 10:00 move out to deeper water and throw soft plastics along 10 – 15 foot drop offs on main and secondary points. 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. A mixed bag seems to be available, but fish are mainly grouped by species (largemouth, smallmouth, and red eyes).

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. Carolina rigged worms fished around islands and points in 25 to 45 feet in watermelon seed and pumpkin seed colors have been working later in the day. Anglers report schooling action in the morning in the Cane Creek area.
  • 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. Bluegill are clearly visible along the banks. Fish crickets in 3 to 15 feet of water.

Lake Hartwell:

  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good. Action is hot early and late on the east side of Andersonville Island. 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. As the sun gets higher switch to shaky head worms and Carolina rigs in 25 to 30 feet of water off the end of points and along river channels. 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, and some days people are really catching them while other days they may come up empty-handed. 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.

Lake Thurmond:

  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. Water temperatures in the upper 80s mean that the lake is stratifying, and striper can be tough to locate. Best action is coming when the fish are moving to the top and feeding on large schools of threadfin shad – throw bucktails or rattle traps. Captain Dave Willard reports that fish don’t stay up long, and can be hard to locate, but if you can find them and stay ahead of the schools of baitfish they can be very rewarding. When you can’t locate fish on top use live herring in 30 to 60 feet of water around creek channels and drops.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. Some largemouth bass are still shallow, and good numbers of 3 and 4 pound fish are being caught. Try Texas rigged worms or shad raps.
  • Crappie: Good. Crappie have moved back out to deeper water but can be caught around brush piles and bridges at night. 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. Overall fishing is tough, but some patterns are working. 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. After the sun comes up switch to vertical jigging with Hopkins spoons. At night bass can be found down to about 15 feet of water or more fishing dark worms around brush. Bigger bass are deeper.
  • 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. In a very late spawn some fish are still bedding in shallow areas around the middle of coves; use crickets or worms and try to “smell out” the beds. Also fish shallow structure around the shoreline.
  • Catfish: Good. Catfishing is still good although boat traffic makes weekend fishing tough. Use mussels, shrimp, and stinkbaits. Fish are also being caught trolling with minnows using traditional crappie fishing methods. Night fishing is good in shallow water.

Midlands Area
Lake Greenwood:

  • Largemouth Bass: From very early until 8 a.m. fish around blocks walls that have some depth – these may be hard to find with water levels a bit down. Use floating worms in bright colors like white, orange, yellow, or pink. Later in the day fishing is tougher and anglers are targeting ledges with Carolina rigs and finesse worms. At night fish dark plastic worms around piers or brush piles.
  • Striped Bass: Good. Some schooling activity has been reported but it is sparse and there doesn’t seem to be a pattern for when the fish come up. Largemouth and white perch are mixed in with the schooling striper. 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. Crappie have moved out over deep brush piles and are not being targeted by many fishermen.
  • Bream: Good. Bream have generally left the beds and moved out around docks and brush. Fish about four feet deep.
  • Catfish: Very good. Fish on the bottom using cut bait or worms in 12 to 15 feet of water, and try fishing at night.

Lake Wateree:

  • Largemouth Bass: Tough. Try deep humps or brushpiles with large, deep diving crankbaits like DD22s in chartreuse and green/ blue colors. Target the Colonel’s Creek and Rochelle Creek areas.
  • 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. Early morning or night fishing trips are a good ideas for more comfortable fishing in the hot summer. Visit the Lake Wateree message board for more tips from Captain Taylor.
  • Bream: Very good. Bream are shallow and hungry, and with the full moon are spawning again. 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. At night fish around the towers in 30 to 60 feet. Lots of small fish are being caught, but good ones too. Now is the time to experiment with lead core lines, downriggers, or fish down rods.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Fish topwater lures very early and late for bigger fish, and during the day fish Carolina rigs or jigs around submerged rocks in 6 to 18 feet of water. Spot removers fished around rocks are also working. Some of the best fishing is coming at night; target lighted docks using oversized dark plastic worms.
  • 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.
  • Bluegill: Good. Fish crickets and red worms anywhere from 8 down to 30 feet.
  • Catfish: Excellent. Fish cut bait and nightcrawlers in 3 to 20 feet.

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Lake Marion:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Largemouth bass fishing has slowed down with warmer temperatures, but some anglers are still getting into them. One angler out of Pack’s Landing caught 14 bass last week. Some really large bass are still being caught, too; fish Texas rigged worms in slightly deeper areas.
  • Catfish: Good to very good. Lots of catfish are being caught both shallow and deep; start out in 6 – 12 feet of water. Fish stinkbaits or cut herring in the flats or the Red Bank area. Night fishing is strong with cut bait.
  • Crappie: Good. Crappie seem to have turned back on, and lots of fish are being caught in the lower part of the lake around stumps in 10 – 12 feet on live minnows. Bream: Good. With the full moon bream are spawning again – fish in 2 – 10 feet with crickets or red wigglers.

Diversion Canal:

  • Catfish: Very good. Big flathead catfish are being caught in the canal on days when water is being pulled through. Use cut or live herring, or live bream.
  • Bream: Fair. Shellcracker are being caught in the canal, but not in great numbers. Fish with nightcrawlers along drop-offs.

Lake Moultrie:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass fishing has slowed down in the last week or two, and most of the fish seem to have headed to deep water. Try deep Carolina or Texas rigging.
  • Catfish: Very good. Fish in 8 to 10 feet using cut herring or stinkbaits for numbers of fish. For big catfish fish in 20 to 30 feet around deeper creek channels using cut or live herring, or other cut fish such as mullet.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie are in a summer pattern right now and only fishermen who have located deep brush piles are doing well. Look for structure in 20 to 25 feet of water and fish minnows vertically.
  • Bream and shellcracker: Good. The bluegill are shallow although low water conditions may make them difficult to locate in traditional areas. Most shellcracker have already backed off onto deeper water. Fish 1-5 feet for bluegills and 8 to 10 feet for shellcracker.