Freshwater Fishing Trends - October 13, 2016

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Piedmont Area

Lake Russell (Updated October 13)

Bass: Fair to good. Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports that he is catching good numbers of small to medium-sized spotted bass fishing a drop shot, and fish are starting to move deeper. To target largemouth anglers should head to the backs of the creeks. Schooling activity continues to pick up.
Crappie: Fair to good. Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that some nice crappie continue to be caught slow-trolling minnows around timber.
Catfish: Fair to good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that channel catfish can be caught off deeper points on cut herring.
Striped Bass: Slow to fair. Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that fish have scattered out and pulling free-lines is the best way to find them.

Lake Thurmond (Updated October 13)

Bass: Good. Buckeye Lures reports that fishing has gotten much better, and a variety of lures are catching fish. Buzzbaits are catching good-sized fish and topwater lures are catching good numbers.
Striper and Hybrids: Good. Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reports that striper have moved into shallow water where they will take down-lines, and there is also good schooling activity taking place.
Crappie: Good. Captain William Sasser reports that nice crappie continue to be caught in about 25 feet of water around brush.

Lake Wylie (Updated October 13)

Perch: Excellent. Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports some very good perch fishing continues in the evenings with small shad. Both numbers and good-sized fish are being caught.
Bass: Slow. Guide and FLW Angler Bryan New (704-421-5868) reports that fishing remains tough. Some fish are being caught on crankbaits in the backs of creeks, and it’s worth keeping your eyes open for schooling activity.

Midlands Area

Lake Greenwood (Updated October 13)

Catfish: Good. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the catfish bite continues to improve on Lake Greenwood. Channel catfish are being caught drifting with cut herring and shad, and flatheads are being caught anchoring with live bream and perch.
Bass: Fair. Stan Gunter reports that bass are making a seasonal move shallower as temperatures drop. Buzzbaits, floating worms and shakey head worms fished around the bank and shoreline cover will catch fish.

Lake Monticello (Updated October 13)

Catfish: Fair. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the big fish bite should be improving on Monticello. Anchoring on humps and fishing cut bait on the bottom is the best technique.
Bass: Fair. Andy Wicker reports that bass fishing should be improving with dropping water temperatures. Fishing topwater lures around the bank is a good option.

Lake Murray (Updated October 13)

Striped bass: Good. Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports that fishing continues to be good on down-lined herring. Schooling activity is picking up.
Bass: Fair. Andy Wicker reports that fishing has improved as water temperatures have dropped. Buzzbaits and other topwater lures are catching fish.
Catfish: Fair. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that fishing continues to improve, and drifting cut herring on flats is the best way to catch fish right now.
Crappie: Slow to fair. Captain Brad reports that crappie are being caught on minnows fished over brush up the lake along the main river channel.

Lake Wateree (Updated October 13)

Crappie: Good. Will Hinson advises that fish are still in brush along the main river channel and some good fish are being caught. Minnows will catch fish but Fish Stalker Jigs have been working very well.
Bass: Slow. Dearal Rodgers reports that tournament weights continue to be low, and getting bit is tough. A deep bite continues to be pretty much non-existent, and the fish are being caught around shallow cover on jigs, spinnerbaits or soft plastics.

Santee Cooper System (Updated October 13)

Bass: Fair to good. Steve Harmon reports that some really nice bags have been caught recently, with topwater lures fished shallow the best pattern.
Catfish: Fair to good. Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) and Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) report that fishing activity has been light since the hurricane, but before the storm it was apparent that the lake has a lot of small blue catfish right now. They can be caught on cut baits as well as worms and other bait. Bigger fish can also be picked up at a variety of depths, with nighttime often offering the best action.
Crappie: Fair. Captain Steve English reports that even after the storm crappie are still holding in the same areas, with minnows and jigs both catching fish. Crappie are over shallower brush in the upper lake but deeper brush in the lower lake.
Bream: Fair. Captain Steve English reports that bluegill are starting to stack up on brush piles where they will take crickets and worms, but the fish are still mostly small.

Mountains Area

Lake Jocassee (Updated October 13)

Trout: Slow to fair. Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that trout fishing has picked up a little in the last week or two. Fish are still about 60-120 feet deep and both spoons and live bait will catch fish.

Lake Keowee (Updated October 12)

Bass: Fair. Guide Brad Fowler reports that fishing is getting better as water temperatures drop on Lake Keowee, and in particular the topwater bite is improving. Look for schooling activity.

Lake Hartwell (Updated October 13)

Striped and Hybrid Bass: Fair. Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports that striper fishing is continuing to pick up. Down-lining live herring 30-40 feet deep has been the best pattern, and schooling activity is coming on.
Bass: Slow. Guide Brad Fowler reports that bass fishing has gotten even tougher as water conditions have declined. Tournament weights are very low, but some random fish are being caught shallow on soft plastics, spinnerbaits and other lures.
Catfish: Slow to fair. Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that channel catfish are still scattered out in fairly deep water and they will eat dip baits, cut bait, worms and more.
Crappie: Slow. Captain Bill Plumley reports that crappie fishing is slow but the best bet is fishing around deep brush or at night around lighted bridges.

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