Freshwater Fishing Trends - Nov. 28
Lake Jocassee: (unchanged from Nov. 21)
- Black Bass: Fair. The baitfish should continue to bunch up tighter and tighter and the bass action should continue to improve until temperatures get cold.
- Trout: Slow. The trout bite has been slow ever since the rain caused levels to rise rapidly and dirtied the water. November is traditionally a tough month but this month has been even tougher than usual. Try trolling minnows and spoons around 80 feet deep.
- Largemouth bass: Fair. Best results at 15-20 feet with some schooling reported. Use spooks, scrounger head with fluke or doodle finesse worm with a drop shot.
- Striper: Fair to good. Captain Bill Plumley reports the fishing has improved a bit with best results using an umbrella rig strolling. Fish are scattered all over from the main, middle, up major creeks and the Seneca River. Some fish have been suspended in mid-lake at about 25-30. Also try free lines around banks.
- Catfish: Slow to fair. Not much action reported on the blues, but there are a few in backs of creeks with good flow and on main lake points at 15-40 feet. Channel cats are fishing about the same, but some results with Hoss’s Hog Bait and cut herring.
- Crappie: Good. Fish around brush at 15-20 feet and around bridges at night.
- Crappie: Fair. Fish can be found mostly in creeks along the edge of the creek channel. Look for schools of shad. Some results around trees and standing timber in 30-50 feet. Striper: Improving. The gulls are starting to arrive so look for them and find fish. Fish under them with small white bucktails, free lined herring or shiners
in deep water, but not too deep.
Lake Thurmond: (unchanged from Nov. 21)
- Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. On the Georgia Little River fish can be found from above the Little River Bridge to Raysville, and on the Savannah River fish can be found from Parksville to the 378 bridge. Most fish are being caught on down lines, with hybrids found roughly 20 feet deep and striper about 50 feet down – both in 70-80 feet of water. In the afternoon there has been some schooling activity on the lower lake.
- Black bass: Slow to fair. Bass on Clarks Hill are still very much oriented to the hydrilla, and first thing in the morning throwing a buzzbait up shallow around grass is the best bet. Later on Zoom trick worms and flukes are both working well, and generally smaller fish can be found schooling around grass on the main lake in 8-20 feet of water. The best bet for catching a big fish remains the buzzbait pattern.
- Largemouth bass: Slow. Some results reported in the deeper channels, but the fish are basically scattered all around the lake. Use shad for best results, with some also happening on jerkbaits.
- Largemouth bass: Fair to slow. Use jigs in the middle part of the lake around docks and go shallow. Some fish are also found further in the creeks. Fish are moving around following the shad. Spinnerbaits and rattle traps reportedly working.
Lake Monticello: (unchanged from Nov. 21)
- Catfish: Fair to good. Both free-line/suspended drifting and Santee-style (just off the bottom) drifting is working well for big fish right now. 50 to 70 feet has been a productive depth for Santee-style drifting recently, but as with any lake that is subject to change from one day to the next. Cut gizzard shad and white perch have been the best baits for Santee-style drifting, while reports indicate that cut herring and small pieces of gizzard shad are working well for the free-line bite.
- Crappie: Fair to good. The fish have moved up into the river run. Use jigs and minnow around 18-22 feet down. Some fish in are also in the center of the lake on the old river channel ledge. Find fish in Singleton Creek and on the river above Wateree Creek.
- Striper: Good. Fish have moved up the lake with results on free lining and trolling. Some schooling reported. Look for birds and you'll likely find the fish.
- Catfish: Slow. Mixed creels of channels and blue cats on Moultrie drifting 25 plus feet with herring, mullet or cut menhaden or perch. Folks are having some success on Marion drifting or anchoring in or near the visible timber.
- Crappie: Good. Fishing has been good on brush beds in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie have also been caught in good numbers in the bigger creeks on Marion. Some success fishing from docks, piers during late evening or at daylight up until around 9 o'clock or so. Fishing some lighted docks at night has been good as well.
- Striper: Fair. There is some schooling activity when folks cast jigs and spoons to schooling fish. Drifting live herring or freelining is also producing some stripers. Not many keeper fish by most accounts.
South Carolina freshwater recreational fishing regulations.