Freshwater Fishing Trends - July 17
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- Trout: Good. The best technique has been trolling spoons at 1-2 miles per hour in 35-60 feet of water, and silver, chartreuse and glow colors are working well – with the brighter spoons working best at the deeper end of the depth range.
- Black Bass: Slow to fair. Fish are well into their summertime habits of staying offshore and they are focused on roaming schools of baitfish. Bass can be caught by anglers who get on the water very early or fish in the late evening. Fish are suspended near main lake points about 20 feet down, but they may be over water as deep as 90 feet or more. Topwaters and Carolina rigs can both catch fish.
- Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Slow. Catching bass continues to be tough on Lake Keowee. The pattern is similar to that on Lake Hartwell, with fish suspended out in deep water and sometimes feeding on top, but Lake Keowee bass are more likely to be found roaming out in the middle of nowhere where they are related to moving schools of bait. Bass can be caught with Spooks, flukes and other lures fished at the top of the water column, and they can also be caught on drop shot rigs.
- Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. Fish are suspended in 40 to 60 feet over 100 feet of water in timber along the main channel edge.
- Catfish: Good. Fish at 20 to 30 feet and anywhere with clean water. The usual baits are all working.
- Striped bass: Fair to good. Big striped bass continue to bite pretty well on the upper end of Lake Russell in the tailrace from Lake Hartwell. Fish are being caught free lining live herring and gizzard shad over 15-30 feet of water in the cooler water, and the best bite seems to be during the week when they are running water.
- Crappie: Fair to good. Some big crappie have been caught around brush in 25-30 feet of water in the main channel of major creeks. A better pattern for catching numbers of fish is putting out a light at night and fishing around bridges with minnows. White perch: Fair to good. Perch have already moved into the spots where they will be found in the fall, and they can be caught fishing a minnow just off the bottom in 20-25 feet of water in the larger coves and back in the creeks.
- Black Bass: Fair. Catching larger fish has been tough, but spotted bass up to about 3 pounds have been feeding decently off mainly lake points in 25 feet of water. The best points have brush on them and the bass are hanging out on points holding bait schools. Fish are just off the bottom and will take a Carolina rigged worm/lizard or a Spot Remover.
- Catfish: Fair. Catfishing can be caught anchoring off points and fan casting cut herring into 15 feet of water.
- Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. Fish near the bottom around 50 to 70 feet near the bottom. Hybrids are a bit more shallow at 25 to 40 feet.
- Largemouth: Slow. There are some reports of schooling with small fish over deep humps.
- Catfish: Very good. The channel catfish bite has been outstanding on mid-depth flats with 10-17 feet of water. Fish are scattered but taking a variety of cut baits very well. On some days the head portion of the bait has produced larger fish, and drifting has been a strong technique. It’s flathead catfish season, and flatheads will take live baits fished around brush piles.
- Largemouth Bass: Slow to fair. A typical summer pattern has set in on Lake Wylie. One productive pattern is fishing offshore around humps, bridges and points with DD-22s, Hopkins spoons, football jigs and big plastic worms.
- Bream: Good. Bream fishing remains strong on Lake Greenwood. Smaller bream are up against the bank, with bigger fish generally found a bit deeper. Catfish: Good. Plenty of good eating sized channel catfish are still being caught both day and night by anchoring on humps and points and fan casting out baits. During the day the most productive depths have been 5-20 feet, and at night fish have been as shallow as 2 feet down to about 10 feet. Both shrimp and dip baits have been catching fish.
- Largemouth Bass: Fair. Fish have moved into a traditional summer pattern. Early in the morning some fish are being caught on topwater lures and floating worms fished around block walls and docks, but when the sun comes up this pattern dies very quickly.
- Crappie: Very slow. The few crappie being caught are coming at night, caught around deep brush and bridges 15-20 feet down by anglers fishing under a light with minnows.
- Catfish: Good. A lot of big blues are being caught right now on Lake Monticello. Anchoring on vertical ledges dropping from as shallow as 5-10 feet down to as deep as 40-70 feet has been a strong pattern. Cut gizzard shad, white perch, bream and herring all appear to be working similarly.
- Catfish: Very good. Fish are settling into a summer pattern although some fish are still in a post-spawn mode. There is a very strong bite on the flats in 9-12 feet of water for anglers using cut bait. Cut white perch and shad are both equally strong baits, and small white perch are readily available using hook and line on the flats.
- Largemouth Bass: Good. With hot summer temperatures bass remain in deep water. Some smaller bass can still be caught shallow early around grass and rocky points with shad-style topwater, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Better quality bass are coming from deep points, ledges, and underwater humps with deep diving crankbaits in chartreuse color, big worms in junebug, and Carolina-rigged plastics in watermelon/brown colors. Concentrate on depths of 10-20 feet.
- Crappie: Fair to good. Crappie have moved into a traditional summer pattern, and if you get a hook near a brush pile in the right depth range you should get bit. Minnows and jigs are both catching fish, and Fish Stalker Jigs in Ugly Greem, Pearl White and Blake Emerald have been working very well.
- Striper: Very good. The best fishing is on the lower end of lake around 40 to 100 feet deep. They also report several catches of 25 to 30 pounders recently. Freeline fishing has been producing.
- Bream: Good. The bream bite remains hot, and fishing is very strong around docks with crickets.
- Crappie: Good. Crappie have more or less moved into a traditional summer pattern and can be found around mid-depth brush piles. Fishing minnows and jigs around brush in 10-15 feet of water has been the best pattern.
- Bream: Good. Bream beds are apparent in the shallows on Lake Marion, and around the full moon he expects to see tons of bream bedding. Bream and shellcracker can both be caught in the upper lake fishing worms and crickets around shallow cover.
- Largemouth bass: Slow to fair. Bass fishing has been pretty tough on Santee Cooper, but anglers are starting to catch fish in the eel grass. It’s important to cover a lot of water, but fish can be ganged up once they are located. The best baits have been fluke-type baits and particularly the Gambler Super Stud fished with a light belly weight in watermelon seed color.
- Catfish: Slow. Decent numbers of channel cats have been caught recently in deeper water by anglers drifting with cut bait, and some catches have been reported in shallow water on commercially prepared baits as well as cut baits.
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