South Carolina Freshwater Fishing Trends – 10/13/2008

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Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.

Mountains Area
Lake Jocassee:

  • Bream: Excellent. 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 40-60 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.
  • Black Bass: Fair. Concentrate on finding active baitfish along the banks and then fishing those areas. Some fish will hang around deep structure all year, but overall the bass are starting to move shallower.

Lake Keowee:

  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair. There is still some topwater action on swimbaits very early in the morning, but overall fish have moved deeper over the last couple of weeks.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie are still in fairly 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.

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. Stripers are active in the Long Point area near the dam in 90 feet of water using down rods fished in 40 to 50 feet. 
  • Bream: Good. Bream are in shallow water and continue to feed aggressively.
  • Largemouth Bass: Slow. Early and late look for topwater action off shoals and points, but the bite is tough right now on Hartwell.

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:

  • Catfish: Good. Anglers have been doing very well for catfish lately. Fish deep with cut or whole herring on the bottom.
  • Bream: Good. 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 off.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie are deep but can be caught around bridges at night.
  • Largemouth Bass: Slow. Try Carolina rigged plastic worms fished deep around points and creek mouths.

Lake Wylie:

  • Catfish: Very good. Catfishing remains strong, and some very large catfish are also being caught.
  • Bream: Very good. Use crickets or worms and fish shallow structure around the shoreline.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. Fish can be located shallow, and topwater lures, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jig n pigs, and plastic worms are all working.
  • White Perch: Good. Nice catches are being made in 18 to 20 feet of water using minnows or silver spoons.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Lake Wateree:

  • Catfish: Good. Best fishing is coming down the lake around the mouths of major creeks and in the river channel. Use cut bream and gizzard shad anchored on the bottom.
  • Bream: Good. Fish 3 to 6 feet of water using worms and crickets.
  • Largemouth Bass: Slow. Look for cooling water temperatures to improve the bite.

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.
  • Crappie: Good. Fish are being caught in 18 to 20 feet around deep brush on live minnows and vertically fished jigs.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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. 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: 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.
  • 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 15 to 25 feet and drifting has been productive.
  • Crappie: Fair. Use minnows and jigs around brush, docks, and other structure in 10 to 14 feet.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Try deep Carolina or Texas rigging, but look for shallow bass fishing to improve as water temperatures drop.