Freshwater Fishing Trends - Sept. 11
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Trout: Fair. Captain Steve Pietrykowski reports that trout fishing is still decent on Lake Jocassee with fish in a true summer pattern. They are concentrated in deep water in the main lake. The best depth range is now 60-80 feet of water, and both spoons and live bait will still catch fish. However, live bait has been more productive. In order to beat the daytime heat it is still worth a try to night fishing around the intakes. Suspending medium shiners and nightcrawlers 30-40 feet down is catching some fish.
- Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Slow to fair. The last few weeks have been tough on the lake for bass. As the temps cool down the fish should start moving shallower. Right now they are suspended around the main lake. As activity picks up you can expect some schooling. Go with top water or drop shots.
- Striped bass: Slow. The fishing has really deteriorated over the last few weeks. Your best bet is in the creek mouths and along the old river run around 35-50 feet. Little schooling is reported.
- Crappie: Improving. Best results at night around bridges in 17-25 feet of water and over timber from 17 to 30 feet. Use minnows, but some jigs have produced.
- Bass: Fair to good. Two patterns are emerging. Start with a drop shot rig in about 20 feet, especially around bumps and all over the lake. Also try topwater with tiny torpedoes or Pop-R with a crappie jig trailer. There are also reports of some bass chasing shad in random, larger coves.
- Striper: Fair to good. Some fish can be had in the upper end of the Hartwell Tailrace. Check around 20-30 feet with free lines, herring and gizzard shad.
- Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good. Fish around 40-45 feet on bottom at daylight on points and humps with down lines right on the bottom. As morning moves on then go another 10 feet or so deeper. Fish are starting to school a bit around Shriver and Parksville.
- Crappie: Good. Best results are catching pretty shallow around 15-18 around trees. Use minnows. Try to stay on the main lake and not in the back of coves or creeks.
- Largemouth bass: Slow. The fish will be starting their fall transition very soon. Right now try topwater, big spook, buzzbait and Pop-r. There are reports of bait on the main lake slowly moving to the lake flats. The key is to keep deep water close by like a ditch or channel.
- Largemouth bass: Hit and miss. Fishing around the lake can be tough one moment and productive the next. Check early in the day around docks and sea walls. As temperatures begin to drop over the next few weeks the fish should start moving into creeks. It's worth a look halfway up creeks right now. Use a floating worm and buzzbaits.
- Catfish: Good. Right now, catch fish in the range of 5-40 feet right now, but in the next couple of weeks deep humps with current flowing over them should be ideal spots to locate big, aggressive fish. There have been fish deep for some time, but they have not been feeding as well as the shallower fish. For now the backs of coves and humps and points have been most productive, and drifting or anchoring have both been working. Big cut gizzard shad and white perch are working for big fish, and if you want to put any size fish in the boat small cut herring is tough to beat.
- Crappie: Fair to good. Go to deep brush piles around 18-25 feet. Also try jigging flat on the bottom near brush, but not necessarily in. It's reported that creels are small, but the fish are of quality. The fish are all over the lake, but as temps change you can expect them to move to shallower brush on the main lake. There is still some good fishing in deep areas.
- Striped bass: Good. Fish are starting to school around Bomb Island to the dam. Try herring at 30-60 feet. Striper can also be caught all over the lower lake, on both the Ballentine side and in the big water near the dam. The bite around the towers has been good off and on. The best depth range has been 35-80 feet and most of the action is coming down-line fishing with live herring right now, although anglers are also catching fish trolling. If anglers are not using lead core line or downriggers they need to use lures that weigh at least an ounce to get it down to the fish. There are a few scattered reports of schooling and so anglers should have their eyes open for surface action and always have a lure to throw to schooling fish tied on.
- Largemouth bass: Very slow. Bass fishing activity is light to non-existent on the Santee Cooper lakes right now. If anglers are willing to put in a lot of time fish may be catchable around cypress trees, but there is no easy pattern right now. Many fish are probably out deeper following bait schools where they are more difficult to target. In the Santee and Cooper Rivers there is better bass fishing right now.
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