Freshwater Fishing Trends - June 25
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- Bass: Fair. Bass are starting to move into a more traditional summer pattern. First thing, there is a decent topwater bite, and it’s a good bet to throw favorite topwater lures off the points for the first hour or two of the day. After that, anglers need to target deeper water, and dragging shakey head worms and Carolina rigs off points in about 30-40 feet of water is the best pattern.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair. Summer patterns are in effect with a lot of fish suspended in deep water. Scattered all around the lake and are following bait. Some are caught on dropshots. Best bet is early in the day before the sun gets hot.
- Black bass: Fair to good. A couple of major patterns are working. First, significant numbers of fish are up shallow around the old growth and they caught be caught on buzzbaits, frogs and soft plastics. There are also fish that have returned to deeper water and are grouped up around points and humps, particularly those with timber and brush. Drop shot rigs, shakey head worms, Carolina rigs and Texas rigs will all catch these fish, but fishing topwater lures such Spooks, Sammies, swimbaits and flukes is also a good way to target them by calling them up.
- Crappie: Slow. Fishing has gotten pretty tough, but fish can be caught around bridges and deep brush at night in about 20-25 feet of water. Minnows are producing best but slabtail jigs will also catch fish.
- Catfish: Fair to good. The catfish bite is getting pretty good. Fish cut herring on the bottom off points in 10-20 feet of water. Crappie: Fair. Crappie are starting to move onto deeper brush in about 15-18 feet of water. They will be suspended about 8-9 feet off the bottom and will take minnows. Wendell has been targeting the lower end of the main lake and the mouth of the Rocky River and Beaverdam Creek, but fish can be caught further up the creeks. These fish will be shallower but generally smaller.
- Bream: Good. It’s a great time to catch them in 6-8 feet of water with a Louisiana pink worm on a #6 hook and a #7 split shot. Shellcracker spawn somewhat randomly but you can look for them adjacent to blow-throughs, in the backs of coves or along the river channel where there is a sandy bank.
- Black bass: Fair. Fish are moving into a summer pattern. There is sporadic topwater activity off points, particularly early in the morning, and flukes and Spooks will catch some fish if you happen upon the right point at the right time. However, most fish are moving out to offshore humps that may rise to 12-18 feet of surface but are surrounded by deeper water. Mop Jigs or mini Mop Jigs, Carolina rigs and big plastic worms are the best bets for getting bit.
- Catfish: Fair. A mess of catfish can be caught with some work right now both anchoring and drifting with cut bait, but fish are not jumping in the boat. It’s a good idea to fish early morning and at night for comfort, although “pop-up” thunderstorms have inhibited night fishing at times.
- Largemouth Bass: Fair. Fishing can be a little tough during the day on Lake Greenwood, but in the morning there is a pretty decent bite. A good pattern is to run the banks first thing in the morning with a Pop-R or a floating worm and look for bass which are keying on bream beds. Main lake pockets, creek pockets and sea walls are good places to try early. Later in the day fish are moving deep, and the best pattern is to fish big worms and crankbaits around deep points – especially ones with cover. There is also some topwater schooling activity where fish are coming up over deep points and humps. The fish are often around brushpiles and moving up to take bait, and casting topwater plugs such as walking baits is a good way to target them.
- Catfish: Good to very good. Captain Chris Simpson reports that free-line drifting for numbers of fish has been working very well, and anglers are filling coolers with catfish using that method right now. Both cut herring and shrimp will catch fish. The bite for big fish has also been pretty good. Anchoring on humps and points that allow you to fan cast baits from 10 to 40 feet of water has been the most pattern. Cut herring, shad and white perch cut into small pieces about the size of a mussel are the best bet.
- Largemouth Bass: Good. Lots of fish are being caught shallow right now on shad imitation lures such as swimbaits, crankbaits and some soft plastics. When there is some wind spinnerbaits are producing. First thing there has been a good topwater bite, with buzzbaits hard to beat. A few fish are starting to move deep where they will be caught around ledges, humps and points, but for now shallow seems to be the place to fish.
- Catfish: Slow to fair. The catfish bite is off on Lake Wateree, probably because the spawn is in full force. This happens every year and typically correct itself in a week or two when fish will go back to feeding normally. Fish can still be caught at a slower rate, and drifting the flats in 10-15 feet of water should still catch a mess of fish – it’s just harder work than usual. Most types of cut bait seem to be working about the same right now.
- Crappie: Fair. Catch fish around main-lake brush in about 20 feet of water. The best pattern has been dropping minnows down about 10-12 feet and fishing the brush vertically. Mid-lake has been most productive so far.
- Crappie: Slow to fair. The crappie bite is really not as good as it should be right now. Some fish are holding around brush as deep as 18-20 feet of water, but shallower brush in the 12-15 foot range has been more productive. Lots of crappie schools also seem to be just suspended in open water. Minnows are the best bet right now.
- Catfish: Slow. It is customary to have a slow down at this time of year, and it is generally believed that the slow fishing is due to spawning activity. Drifting and anchoring with cut bait are both worth a try.
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