Freshwater Fishing Trends - August 18, 2016
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Lake Russell (Updated August 4)
Striped Bass: Excellent. Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that striper fishing is about as good as it gets on Lake Russell, with numerous big fish between 20 and 35 pound caught recently. The best pattern has been down-lining live herring in about 50 feet of water on the lower end of the lake.
Crappie: Good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports strong numbers of crappie are being caught fishing minnows over brush in 20-24 feet of water.
Catfish: Fair to good. Guide Jerry Kotal reports that channel catfish are scattered across the lake in mid-depths and are feeding well on cut herring.
Bass: Fair. Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) and Wendell Wilson report that largemouth bass are a little scarce but spotted bass can be caught off main lake points with a Spot Remover or a drop shot rig. Fish can also be caught down-lining live herring in 20-40 feet of water.
Lake Thurmond (Updated August 4)
Striper and Hybrids: Very good. Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reports that each day his boat is catching very nice limits of striper, mostly fishing about 50 feet deep with down-lined live herring in the lower part of the lake. Some early schooling activity is just getting started in the same areas where he is catching fish deep.
Bass: Fair to good. Buckeye Lures reports that some big bags have been caught in local tournaments even though it has gotten very hot. Fish can be caught around main lake humps on jigs and soft plastics, and there is also some shallow activity early and late.
Crappie: Fair to good. Captain William Sasser reports that crappie can be caught 20 feet down over old timber.
Lake Wylie (Updated August 18)
Catfish: Fair to good. Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that despite the heat some nice catches of catfish have been taking place. The best pattern has been drifting fairly deep water along the main river channel with cut bait. The anchored bite has been pretty slow, particularly when there is no current.
Bass: Slow. FLW angler Bryan New reports that fishing remains really tough, with tournament weights significantly below normal. Fishing shallow with topwaters, throwing a jig around docks and concentrating on offshore points and humps have all been fairly unproductive. The best pattern has probably been searching for schooling fish.
Lake Greenwood (Updated July 26)
Striper: Fair to good. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the bite has gotten a bit more sporadic but the best pattern for catching striper is to fish down-lines in the 18- to 22-feet range in the lower lake.
Catfish: Fair to good. Captain Chris Simpson reports that channel catfish can be caught around humps and points on dip baits.
Bass: Slow to fair. Stan Gunter reports that bass fishing has gotten a lot tougher. Some fish can be caught very early on topwater lures fished around sea walls, and there are still a few fish being caught around brush. However, the best pattern for catching bass right now may be chasing schooling fish.
Lake Monticello (Updated July 26)
Catfish: Very good. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that even though this isn’t the best time to target big fish, the free-line-drifting bite remains very good. Drifting over very deep water with unweighted/barely weighted small pieces of cut fish or shrimp is a good way to put a bunch of fish in the boat.
Bass: Slow. Andy Wicker reports that bass fishing has gotten downright tough on Lake Monticello, and tournament sacks have been way down. A few fish can still be picked up around deeper humps and points on spoons and crankbaits, but there is no known hot pattern right now.
Lake Murray (Updated August 4)
Striped bass: Good. Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports that the best fish are being caught on down-lines fished 50-80 feet deep in the lower lake. The free-line bite has pretty much gone away and mostly smaller fish can be found in the creeks.
Crappie: Good. Captain Brad Taylor reports that good numbers of crappie are still being caught over brush in 18-25 feet of water. Minnows are pretty much the only way to catch fish right now.
Catfish: Good. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that fan-casting a variety of baits – including dip baits and cut herring – in 10-25 feet of water has been effective for channel catfish. Night fishing is still much more productive than fishing during the heat of the day.
Bass: Slow to fair. Bass fishing has slowed significantly, with only a sporadic early bite and then anglers struggling to catch fish off points and deeper brush.
Lake Wateree (Updated August 17)
Crappie: Fair to good. Will Hinson advises that fish are holding in brush piles along the main river channel and they are biting pretty well. The best bite has been on jigs. Some fish are also being caught deep around bridges.
Catfish: Fair to good. Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that the best pattern is drifting along the main channel in the mid-lake area with cut white perch or shad. Some fish can also be caught early and late anchoring in the shallows, and the heat of the day is generally a slow – and uncomfortable – time to fish.
Bass: Fair. Dearal Rodgers reports that fish are still being caught shallow. Early in the morning fish can be caught on topwaters, and once the sun gets up they will take worms dragged on the bottom. Fishing docks with jigs and worms has also been working.
Santee Cooper System (Updated August 4)
Bass: Slow to fair. Steve Harmon reports that fishing has slowed down but the pattern remains basically the same – although a surprising number of fish seem to have moved shallow in the last week or so. Early in the morning fish can be caught in shallow water where they will take topwater lures, and later in the day fish can be caught in middle depths on down. When conditions are calm soft plastics are working best for the deeper fish, and when it is windy spinnerbaits work better.
Catfish: Fair. Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that between the heat, storms and wind there have been some difficult fishing conditions, but when anglers can get out fish can be found both shallow and deep. Some pockets of smaller fish can also be located and there are plenty of channel catfish at various depths that will take cut bait or dip baits.
Crappie: Slow to fair. Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that crappie fishing has gotten a lot tougher, and it’s really taking some searching to pick up random fish here and there. Fishing minnows around brush is still the main pattern.
Bream: Slow to fair. Captain Steve English reports that the bream bite continues to be down, and while decent numbers of fish can be caught locating fish big enough to eat has been a struggle.
Lake Jocassee (Updated July 26)
Trout: Good. Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that even with the heat some nice trout continue to be caught. Fish have gotten very deep and they are now being caught in the 70- to 110-feet range on both spoons and live bait.
Lake Keowee (Updated July 25)
Bass: Guide Brad Fowler reports that fish remain in a pretty typical summer pattern, but unfortunately the action has slowed down. Early in the morning there is a topwater bite and fish will continue to show themselves periodically throughout the days, and fish can also be caught on drop shots and shakey head worms. Live bait is the easiest way to put summer spotted bass in the boat.
Lake Hartwell (Updated July 25)
Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good. Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) report that striper have generally moved into the lower lake, and they can be caught from about 35 feet all the way down to 100 or more. Down-lining live herring is the predominant pattern. Hybrids can be caught at night over humps.
Catfish: Good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that channel catfish are scattered out in the middle depths where they will eat dip baits, cut bait, worms and more. Flathead catfish can be caught at night on live bait while blues are in deeper timber.
Bass: Slow to fair. Guide Brad Fowler reports that the shallow pattern has pretty much disappeared, and even though the fishing has gotten slower some bass can be caught on drop shots rigs as well as topwater lures around deeper points. There is also sporadic school activity right through the day.
Crappie: Slow. Captain Bill Plumley reports that during the day crappie can be caught around mid-depth to deep brush, and at night they can be caught around lighted bridges.
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