South Carolina Freshwater Fishing Report – 10/27/2008

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Mountains Area
Lake Jocassee:

  • Trout: Good. Troll in 85 to 90 feet in the big water around the dam. Minnows and spoons are most effective, and limits of brown trout are frequent.
  • Black Bass: Fair. Some anglers report topwater action early in the morning, using Zara Spooks or Rebel Pop-Rs. A more consistent bite is coming working a shakey head jig with a 5 inch pumpkin seed worm around the backs of small coves in the main lake area, particularly before the sun gets high.

Lake Keowee:

  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair. Early in the morning until 11 a.m. or so anglers are reporting very good results for spotted bass using soft jerk baits and swimbaits. Spotted bass are schooling in the major creeks above the power station in 10 to 25 feet and hitting well on blue colored rattle traps or strike king red eye shad in black and silver patterns.
  • Crappie: Fair. The crappie bite is beginning to improve slightly, and fish are being found around brush in 8 to 12 feet of water.
  • Bream: Good. Use crickets or worms just off the banks in 8 to 12 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. 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. For bigger bream back off the bank into 5 to 15 feet of water and use crickets or worms.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. Look for large pods of shad developing and fish hitting the surface – swimbaits and Spooks are both effective.

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. 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. Use live herring fished on downrods, and look for schooling activity early and late.
  • Crappie: Fair. 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. Try Carolina rigged plastic worms fished deep around points and creek mouths.

Lake Wylie:

  • Catfish: Very good. Reports indicate channel catfish are beginning to gorge themselves and lots of fish in the 2-4 pound range are 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. Really 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. Lake Wateree bass fishing remains difficult, and few people are catching fish – even those who do are not reporting consistency from day to day.

Lake Murray:

  • Catfish: Good. Drifting cut bait in 30 to 50 feet of water is producing channel and white cats in the 2 to 8 pound range and blue catfish in the 10 to 15 pound range. The fish are relating to main lake humps near channel ledges.
  • Bream: Good. Fish in 6 to 12 feet using worms on the bottom.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair to good. Topwater action is being reported early in the morning, particularly on Spooks or buzzbaits fished off points. As the sun rises anglers are concentrating on large numbers of bass running the banks and chasing white perch. Some spinnerbait action is being reported, but the predominant lures remain soft plastics.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie are still largely gathered around deep brush in 10 to 20 feet of water, but fish are starting to gather in the mouths of creeks where they will remain all winter.
  • Striped Bass: Fair. Striped bass are beginning to spread out across the whole lake, although the best action is being reported in the area between Bomb Island and Twin Island. A variety of methods are being used, and free lining and planer board techniques are both becoming much more common over relatively shallow areas in 10 to 20 feet of water, especially early in the day.

Lake Monticello:

  • Catfish: Very good. Drifting large cut bait in very deep water is producing occasional but large blues catfish. Using a smaller bait will result in more frequent hook-ups but smaller fish. Explore all depths and don’t get stuck on the depth that was effective a few days earlier.

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Lake Marion:

  • Catfish: Very good. Both blues and flatheads are holding deep in 25 to 40 feet but they are moving shallower at night and to feed.
  • Bream: Very good. 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. 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 15 to 25 feet and drifting has been productive with small blue back herring the hot bait.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie fishing is beginning to improve and fish are being caught in 10 to 14 feet using minnows and jigs around brush, docks, and other structure.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Try deep Carolina or Texas rigging, but look for shallow bass fishing to improve as water temperatures drop.