South Carolina Freshwater Fishing Trends – 10/6/2008

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South Carolina Freshwater Fishing Trends - 10/6/2008Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.

Mountains Area
Lake Jocassee:

  • Bream: Excellent. The bream bite continues to be hot. For keeper sized bream move off the banks a bit and fish in 10-15 feet with crickets.
  • Catfish: Very good. Fish in 15-20 feet in the mouths of rivers and creeks. Anchor nightcrawlers or minnows on the bottom.
  • Trout: Good. Troll in 80-95 feet during the day using large minnows or lures like trolling spoons. Trolling is even better at night in the area up to the dam, and nice trout are also being caught with nightcrawlers anchored on the bottom.
  • Black Bass: Slow. Bass fishing is tough, and very few anglers report catching fish recently. From 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. try topwater lures such as buzzbaits, Zara Spooks, and noisy lures like jitterbugs, or crankbaits. When the sun starts to get up around 8 a.m. fish move off the banks and into deeper water. 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.

Lake Keowee:

  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair. Early in the morning fish topwater Lake Fork or Sebile swimbaits in Magic Shad and shad colors around boat docks and main lake points. After the sun rises look for main lake humps in 20 to 40 feet or creek mouths and points and fish Carolina rigs or drop shot rigs (down to 60 feet) with green pumpkin worms. Crankbaits in black and silver and blue and silver have also been working in the same areas around balls of shad. Watch your depthfinder closely and look for baitfish and deep brush – fish will be concentrated around these. Best fishing is coming in the Cane Creek and Mile Creek areas.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie are in 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. The Fishing Hole reports that cricket sales are way off for this time of year, although 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. The early morning bite for small stripers is fast and furious between 6 and 9 AM near Portman Shoals. Fish flat humps in 25 to 30 feet; anchor and chum to draw the fish in, then drop your downrod to the bottom and reel up about three turns. If you don’t get bit within a few minutes move onto the next hump.
  • Bream: Good. Bream are in shallow water and continue to feed aggressively. For bigger bream back off the bank into 5 to 15 feet of water and use crickets or worms.
  • Largemouth Bass: Slow. Early and late look for topwater action off shoals and points, but the bite is tough right now on Hartwell. 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. Be sure to be on the water very early or at night for best chances.

Piedmont Area
Lake Russell:

  • Striped Bass: Good. For big fish target the area from Smith McKee up with big baits. The lower tail race area has also been productive for numbers of fish and occasional very large ones.
  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair. Most anglers fishing for bass are fishing at night with dark plastics worms. There are also isolated reports of good topwater action early in the morning; switch to plastic worms once the sun gets up.
  • 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:

  • Catfish: Good. Anglers have been doing very well for catfish lately. Fish deep with cut or whole herring on the bottom. Bream: Good. Bream fishing continues to be good, even with low water conditions. Fish in 2 to 10 feet of water with crickets or worms.
  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Fair. Small striper are being caught in the mouths of creeks, but overall striper fishing has been slow. Looking for cooling temperatures to improve fishing.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie are deep but can be caught around bridges at night. Also look for brush in 25 to 35 feet of water although it is hard to find with low water; minnows are producing better than jigs.
  • Largemouth Bass: Slow. With the lake so far down it is hard to find productive largemouth structure. Try Carolina rigged plastic worms fished deep around points and creek mouths. Occasional schooling activity has been reported, but it is sporadic.

Lake Wylie:

  • Catfish: Very good. Catfishing remains strong, and some very large catfish are also being caught. White perch fishermen are also finding medium sized catfish mixed in with perch schools and feeding on small shad and minnows.
  • Bream: Very good. Bream continue to be very hungry and aggressive on Lake Wylie; use crickets or worms and fish shallow structure around the shoreline.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. With cooling temperatures bass fishing has really improved. Fish can be located shallow, and topwater lures, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jig n pigs, and plastic worms are all working. Buzzbaits have also been effective at night.
  • White Perch: Good. After disappearing for a few weeks the big perch schools have reappeared, and 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.
  • Crappie: Fair to good. Crappie fishing is fast improving, and fish can be located around in 18 to 20 feet of water around brush.

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. As the thermocline moves down and then eventually disappears fish will continue to get deeper. For numbers of smaller catfish fish the upper part of the lake with stinkbaits, cut bait or worms in 12 to 15 feet of water, and try fishing at night.
  • Bream: Very good. Bream action is still very strong in shallow water 3 to 4 feet deep. Use crickets and red worms.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. The best action is coming when fish are schooling on the surface on cloudy days and early and late. These fish can be caught on either traditional topwater lures or crankbaits cast into schools, and the best action is coming in the mid-lake area from Goat Island to the state park.
  • Striped Bass: Fair. Increasing schooling activity has been reported in the last few weeks, and largemouth bass and white perch are still mixed in with the schooling striper. The mid lake areas seems to be most productive.

Lake Wateree:

  • Catfish: Very good. Big flathead catfish can be caught in 10 to 15 feet of water around heavy brush which is close to ledges. As the thermocline moves down and then eventually disappears fish will continue to get deeper. For numbers of smaller catfish fish the upper part of the lake with stinkbaits, cut bait or worms in 12 to 15 feet of water, and try fishing at night.
  • Bream: Very good. Bream action is still very strong in shallow water 3 to 4 feet deep. Use crickets and red worms.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. The best action is coming when fish are schooling on the surface on cloudy days and early and late. These fish can be caught on either traditional topwater lures or crankbaits cast into schools, and the best action is coming in the mid-lake area from Goat Island to the state park.
  • Striped Bass: Fair. Increasing schooling activity has been reported in the last few weeks, and largemouth bass and white perch are still mixed in with the schooling striper. The mid lake areas seems to be most productive.

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. Striped bass are beginning to spread out and scatter across the lake, particularly in the area from the dam down to Billy Dreher Island. Schooling action is also beginning to be reported around the lake. 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. At night good action is coming around the towers and in the Spence Islands area trolling large plugs on downriggers or lead core lines.
  • 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. After being unproductive for much of the year spinnerbaits are also beginning to work.

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 in 25 to 40 feet but they are moving shallower at night and to feed.
  • Bream: Very good. Bream are continuing to feed well, and Hill’s Landing and Randolph’s Landing reports some nice stringers being caught. Use crickets or red worms.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie fishing is fair but beginning to pick up. Fish are still concentrated around brush down as deep as 25 feet.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Largemouth bass fishing has slowed down with warmer temperatures; try Texas rigged worms around deep structure.

Diversion Canal:

  • Catfish: Erratic. Cats are being caught in the canal on days when water is being pulled through, but other days are slow. 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.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. On days when water is being pulled through the canal fishing has been very good.
  • Bream: Fair. Shellcracker are being caught in the canal, but not in great numbers. Fish with nightcrawlers along drop-offs.

Lake Moultrie:

  • Catfish: Very good. Catfish continue to bite well in 25 to 40 feet. Fresh cut bait such as strips of gizzard shad, white perch, and mullet are all productive. Nigh fishing is also strong.
  • 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. Bass fishing has slowed down, and most of the fish are in deep water. Try deep Carolina or Texas rigging, but look for shallow bass fishing to improve as water temperatures drop.