S.C. Freshwater Fishing Trends – 11/3/2008

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S.C. Freshwater Fishing Trends - 11/3/2008Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.

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 common.
  • Black Bass: Fair. Some anglers report topwater action early in the morning using Zara Spooks or Rebel Pop-Rs. Some anglers are also still reporting catching fish much deeper with jigs or finesse worms.

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. Some doodling and drop shotting action continues to be reported in 40 to 60 feet of water, but overall fish are moving shallower.
  • 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. Bream are still shallow for Lake Keowee in 8 to 12 feet of water. Use crickets or worms just off the banks.

Lake Hartwell:

  • Anglers are turning to smaller boats to put in due to low water levels. The Maryann Branch landing is still usable, but Hartsville State Park is very, very shallow.
  • Largemouth Bass: Very good. If you can find the schools of bait you will find bass. Throw a Zara Spook, Sebile swimbait or a clear Sammy, or fish a crankbait in the schools of shad. Carolina rigs around structure are another successful pattern.
  • Catfish: Very good. Fish a Carolina rigged nightcrawlers on the bottom, and wind it very slowly across clay points. Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. Fish are holding from the dam to where to the Seneca and Tugaloo Rivers split.
  • Crappie: Good. Crappie are feeding very well, and are much shallower than typical for this time of year. The most productive area of the lake is where the Seneca and Tugaloo rivers split – because of lake levels fish are staging there in around 18 feet of water.

Piedmont Area
Lake Russell:

  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Slow. A recent tournament took only 8 pounds to win, with the best biting coming on deep running crankbaits.

Lake Thurmond:

  • White perch: Good to very good. White perch are beginning to group in large schools and can be caught on minnows and jigging spoons.
  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. Cooler water is making the larger striper more active, and the fish are moving from Russell Dam down river toward the lower lake. Fish live herring in 24 to 30 feet on down rods, and when fish are shallower use free lines and planer boards.
  • Crappie: Good. Crappie are moving shallower and anglers who have very deep brushpiles which are still wet are doing well fishing jigs and minnows vertically in 15 to 20 feet.
  • Largemouth Bass: Slow to fair. Some anglers are having success fishing off points and fish seem to be moving shallower. Try Carolina rigged plastic worms fished deep around points and creek mouths.

Lake Wylie:

  • Catfish: Very good. From morning to afternoon channel cats have been feeding very well, and catches of 25 to 40 fish are common. Cut baits and shrimp are both productive, and the mouths of creeks are the best places to look.
  • White perch: Very good. Fish are still grouped in very large schools. Fish in 25 feet of water using small minnows and silver spoons jigged just off the bottom.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. Fish can be located shallow, and topwater lures, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jig n pigs, and plastic worms are all working.
  • Crappie: Fair to good. Crappie fishing continues to improve, and fish can be located around in 18 to 20 feet of water around brush.

Midlands Area
Lake Greenwood:

  • Catfish: Very good. Drifting cut baits and fresh jumbo shrimp at the mouths of feeder creeks is producing coolers full of 1 to 8 pound channel catfish. Most fish are in 10 to 18 feet of water.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Floating worms, buzzbaits, and Texas or Carolina rigged worms fished on the bottom are all working.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie fishing is improving and best action is coming in 12 feet of water using small to medium minnows fished around brush.
  • Striped Bass: No reports. However, striped bass should turn on within the next few weeks.

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.
  • Largemouth Bass: Slow to fair. Lake Wateree bass fishing remains difficult, and few people are catching fish – even those who do are not reporting consistent results from day to day. The best bite is coming using ¼ ounce shakey head jigs tipped with a 7 inch watermelon seed worm around the banks in creeks.

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 staying on main lake humps near channel ledges.
  • Bream: Good. Fish in 6 to 12 feet using worms on the bottom. Some action is also being reported fishing crickets.
  • 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.
  • 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

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Lake Marion:

  • Catfish: Very good. During the day use salties and cut bait fished around stumps and other submerged structure, or drift in 18 to 55 feet.
  • Bream: Good. Bluegill are feeding well over brush piles and other cover like stake beds that have been put down for crappie in 12 to 35 feet.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie fishing is improving, and fish can be caught over the same structure as the bream using small jigs and minnows.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. Best results are coming fishing worms and crankbaits, and some very good days for large numbers of bass are being reported.

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.

Lake Moultrie:

  • Bream: Very good. Bluegill are feeding very well in Lake Moultrie over brush piles and other cover like stake beds that have been put down for crappie in 12 to 35 feet.
  • Catfish: Good. During the day use salties and cut bait fished around stumps and other submerged structure, or drifting in 18 to 55 feet. Early, late, and at night the catfish are moving much shallower and can be caught in only 3 to 4 feet of water using the same baits or stinkbaits.
  • Largemouth Bass: Good. Best results are coming fishing worms and crankbaits, and some very good days for large numbers of bass are being reported.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie fishing is improving, and fish can be caught over the same structure as the bream using small jigs and minnows.