24 Nov 2008 – S.C. Freshwater Fishing Trends

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24 Nov 2008 - S.C. Freshwater Fishing TrendsFishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.

Mountains Area
Lake Jocassee:

  • Trout: Fair. Best results continue to come trolling minnows and spoons in 80 to 90 feet in the big water around the dam and up the rivers.
  • Black Bass: Tough. Look for topwater action early in the morning using Zara Spooks or Rebel Pop-Rs and try to find fish busting bait the rest of the day.

Lake Keowee:

  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Good. Use topwaters like Spooks, Sammies, or Pop-Rs to try and bring fish to the surface, and once surface schools are located throw lures like Rattle Traps that get very good distance.
  • Crappie: Fair. The crappie bite is beginning to improve slightly, and fish are being found around brush in 8 to 12 feet of water.

Lake Hartwell:

  • Most ramps are closed. Much of the lake is currently too dangerous to encourage fishermen to run.

Piedmont Area
Lake Russell:

  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Slow. The best biting coming on deep running crankbaits.

Lake Thurmond:

  • White perch: Good to very good. White perch are grouped in large schools and can be caught on minnows and jigging spoons.
  • Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. Good action is being reported pulling planer boards and free lining herring in shallow areas.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Few anglers are pursuing largemouth right now, but in a recent tournament a variety of crankbaits were effective.

Lake Wylie:

  • White perch: Very good. Look for large schools in 18 to 20 feet, and fish live minnows vertically or small spoons.
  • Catfish: Very good. The best action is coming on the north side of the Buster Boyd Bridge, and small pieces of bream, white perch, and shad are the most effective baits. Some nice blues are also being caught drifting.
  • Crappie: Good. Crappie fishing continues to improve, and fish can be located in 15 feet of water around brush or deep boat docks. Vertical fishing with small chartreuse jigs or live minnows is effective.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass fishing in the lower part of the lake is tough right now, and soft plastics fished around boat docks is the best pattern. Fish are finicky and don’t seem to be feeding aggressively, especially on clear, sunny days.

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.
  • Largemouth Bass: Fair. Best fishing is coming in 12 to 15 feet with soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits early in the morning.
  • 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: Fair. Striper catches are starting to improve and schooling action is being reported.

Lake Wateree:

  • Catfish: Very good. Fishing for small, eating sized blue catfish in the one to five pound range is very good. Look for the big shad schools and fish under them.
  • Striped Bass: Good. Look for birds and schools of baitfish. Trolling herring, shad or shiners is also effective.
  • Largemouth Bass: Slow to fair. 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: Excellent. Catfish are feeding extremely well shallow in 3 to 10 feet, and very nice catches of blue cats are being reported. Fish cut herring or nightcrawlers for best results.
  • Crappie: Good. Fish brush in 8 to 20 feet using small to medium minnows – the jig bite has not been as good.
  • Striped Bass: Good. Free lining and planer boards fished against the bank are both productive, and very good schooling action is being reported in some areas – look for the birds.
  • Bream: Good. Fish in 5 to 12 feet using worms on the bottom.
  • Largemouth Bass: Slow. Try fishing topwater early in the morning, and later in the day fish shallow running crankbaits and rattle traps.

Lake Monticello:

  • Catfish: Very good. Drifting or anchoring with large cut bait in very deep water is producing occasional but large blue catfish.

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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. The shellcracker bite is slower.
  • 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. This pattern should continue until water temperatures hit the low 50s, when fishermen will need to slow their approach and retrieves.

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. The shellcracker bite is good, but not as hot as the bluegill bite.
  • 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. This pattern should continue until water temperatures hit the low 50s, when fishermen will need to slow their approach and retrieves.
  • Crappie: Fair. Crappie fishing is improving, and fish can be caught over the same structure as the bream using small jigs and minnows.