South Carolina Freshwater Fishing Trends – 9/15/2008

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Mountains Area
Lake Jocassee:

  • Trout: Good. Troll in 80-100 feet during the day using large minnows or lures like trolling spoons. Trolling is even better at the night in the area up to the dam, and nice trout are also being caught with nightcrawlers anchored on the bottom.
  • Black Bass: Good. Fish buzzbaits, Zara Spooks, noisy lures like jitterbugs, or crankbaits. Fish deep diving crankbaits, worms on the bottom, or slowly bounce jigs on the bottom in the 80-90 foot deep range for redeye bass.
  • Bream: Very good. Move off the banks a bit and fish in 10-15 feet with crickets.
  • Catfish: Very good. Anchor nightcrawlers or minnows on the bottom.

Lake Keowee:

  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: 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 – 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: Good. Fish crickets in 3 to 15 feet of water.

Lake Hartwell:

  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. Fish the area from Singing Pines to the dam in 70 to 90 feet of water. Down lines with herring, downriggers, and lead core lines are all effective ways to get down to the fish.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Be sure to be on the water very early or at night for best chances.
  • Bream: Very good. Bream are in shallow water and are feeding aggressively – while cricket sales have slowed down because of the heat the bite hasn’t.

Piedmont Area
Lake Russell:

  • Striped Bass: Fair to good. 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. 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.
  • Largemouth Bass: Slow. After coming back towards the banks in early July, most of the fish have returned to deep water and the bite has really slowed. Fish deep diving crankbaits or Carolina rigged worms deep.
  • Crappie: Fair. Look for brush in 25 to 35 feet of water; minnows are producing better than jigs.
  • Bream: Good. Fish in 2 to 10 feet of water with crickets or worms.

Lake Wylie:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Topwater lures early and late to target schoolies, and after the sun comes up switch to vertical jigging with Hopkins spoons.
  • White Perch: Very good. Fish mid lake humps in 18 to 20 feet of water with red worms, minnows, and spoons.
  • 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.
  • 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: Fair. 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.
  • 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. Down around the dam some nice catches of striper are being made even on very hot days – fish early and late with live herring.
  • Bream: Good. Bream have 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, or fish worms deep. Target the Colonel’s Creek and Rochelle Creek areas.
  • Catfish: Very good. Creek mouths where the creeks meet the main river channel are great places to anchor up for bigger catfish.
  • Bream: Good. Fish 3 to 6 feet of water using worms and crickets.

Lake Murray:

  • Striped Bass: Fair to good. Fish in 60 to 80 feet of water with down rods and live bait in the lower lake, and at night target the towers.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. When the sun comes up drop deeper and fish jig and pig combinations around rocks in 12 to 25 feet of water, or drop shot points with 8 to 10 pound test line in 25 to 35 feet.
  • Bluegill and Shellcracker: Very good. Frequent mayfly hatches have brought the bream shallow; fish in 4 to 5 feet with crickets or poppers.
  • Catfish: Good. Catfish have moved out to deeper water; fish cut bait and nightcrawlers in 8 to 20 feet.

Santee Cooper System            
Lake Marion:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Largemouth bass fishing has slowed down with warmer temperatures; try Texas rigged worms around deep structure. Catfish: Very good. Catfish are deep but biting very well on cut bait.
  • Crappie: Fair. Look for fish to move slightly shallower and feed much more aggressively with cooler temps.
  • Bream: Very good. Bream are continuing to bed right through the summer in the upper lake, and Hill’s Landing reports some nice stringers being caught. Use crickets or red worms.

Diversion Canal:

  • Catfish: Very good. Cats are being caught in the canal on days when water is being pulled through. Fish on the bottom in 30 feet of water using chicken livers.
  • Bream: Fair. Fish with nightcrawlers along drop-offs.

Lake Moultrie:

  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass fishing has slowed down, and most of the fish seem to have headed to deep water. Try deep Carolina or Texas rigging.
  • Catfish: Very good. Catfish have moved deep but continue to bite well, particularly at night. Use cut bait – shad, herring, or mullet.
  • Crappie: Fair. Look for structure in 20 to 25 feet of water and fish minnows vertically