South Carolina Freshwater Fishing Trends – 9/22/2008

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Mountains Area
Lake Jocassee:

  • Bream: Very good. For keeper sized bream move off the banks a bit and fish in 10-15 feet with crickets.
  • Catfish: Very good. Anchor nightcrawlers or minnows on the bottom.
  • Trout: Good. Troll in 80-100 feet during the day using large minnows or lures like trolling spoons.

Lake Keowee:

  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair. Early in the day Lake Fork Swim Baits in 3.5 inch Magic Shad and blue heron colors have been productive in 5 to 25 feet of water.
  • 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: Fair. Bream are still available around the banks in 3 to 15 feet of water.

Lake Hartwell:

  • Catfish: Very good. At night catfish are moving onto lake flats and feeding very well. Use cut herring or bream.
  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. Fish are biting at 30 to 50 feet over 100 to 140 feet of water in the channel between Anderson Island and the dam. Downrods with live bait and trolling with downriggers and lead core line are both effective.
  • Bream: Good. For bigger bream back off the bank into 5 to 15 feet of water and use crickets or worms.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. 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 can be productive.

Piedmont Area
Lake Russell:

  • Striped Bass: Good. For big fish target the area from Smith McKee up with big baits.
  • 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: Fair. Small striper are being caught in the mouths of creeks, but overall stripe fishing has been slow. Catfish: Good. Fish deep with cut or whole herring on the bottom.
  • Bream: Good. Fish in 2 to 10 feet of water with crickets or worms.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie are deep but can be caught around bridges at night. Minnows are producing better than jigs.
  • Largemouth Bass: Slow. Carolina rigged plastic worms fished deep around points and creek mouths.

Lake Wylie:

  • Catfish: Very good. In areas where white perch had been schooling and concentrating on baitfish catfish seem to have recently taken over.
  • Bream: Very good. Use crickets or worms and try to “smell out” the beds. Also fish shallow structure around the shoreline.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair to good. Fish have been spread out and some are being caught shallow, and some are deep. Finesse worms, deep running crankbaits, and large plastic worms are all producing.
  • White Perch: Good. Some really nice catches are being made in 18 to 20 feet of water using minnows or silver spoons. Lots of pound sized fish are being caught.

Midlands Area
Lake Greenwood:

  • Catfish: Very good. Big flathead catfish can be caught in 10 to 15 feet of water around heavy brush which is close to ledges.
  • Bream: Very good. Bream action is very strong in shallow water 3 to 4 feet deep. Use crickets and red worms.
  • Striped Bass: Fair. It is unclear how recent rains will affect the fishing. 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 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 down. Use floating worms in bright colors like white, orange, yellow, or pink.

Lake Wateree:

  • Largemouth Bass: Slow to fair. 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. 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: Good. Fish 3 to 6 feet of water using worms and crickets.

Lake Murray:

  • Bream: Excellent. Fish in 12 to 20 feet of water using crickets and worms on the bottom.
  • Catfish: Good. Catfish are being caught in 8 to 15 feet of water on the bottom. Use cut bait or nightcrawlers.
  • Striped Bass: Fair. In the big water near the dam best action is coming fishing downrods in 60 to 70 feet. Continue to leave a couple of free lines out; striper are coming up and taking those, too, and decent topwater action has been reported around the dam some mornings.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Topwater action is still the most consistent bite; very early in the morning and late in the day fish topwater lures like flukes and Zara Spooks. Fish continue to be surprisingly shallow, and baby brush hogs have been working.

Santee Cooper System            
Lake Marion:

  • Catfish: Very good. Both blues and flatheads are biting very well on cut bait. During the day they are holding deep but they are moving shallower at night and to feed.
  • Bream: Very good. Bream are continuing to bed right through the summer in the upper lake, and Hill’s Landing and Randolph’s Landing reports some nice stringers being caught. Use crickets or red worms.
  • Crappie: Fair. Fish are still concentrated around brush down as deep as 25 feet.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Try Texas rigged worms around deep structure.

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; fish will mainly be eating size but catfish up to 30 pounds have been caught recently on this bait.
  • Bream: Fair. Fish with nightcrawlers along drop-offs.

Lake Moultrie:

  • Catfish: Very good. Catfish have been biting well in 15 to 28 feet of water. Fresh cut bait such as strips of gizzard shad, white perch, and mullet are all productive.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie fishing is beginning to improve and fish are being caught in 10 to 14 feet in Lake Moultrie. Use minnows and jigs around brush, docks, and other structure.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Try deep Carolina or Texas rigging in deep water.