Freshwater Fishing Trends - March 6
- Black Bass: Slow. The best winter action on Jocassee is found fishing over deeper water for suspended fish. Look for bait schools on your graph, and then lower down a jigging spoon or drop shot rig. An ability to read your electronics is vital for this style of fishing, and right now about 35 feet down seems to be a good starting point. For anglers willing to use live bait down-lining minnows may be the best way to get bit currently, as it is a proven technique when the fishing is tough.
- Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair to good. Fishing remains in a winter pattern and the water is reportedly as cold as it's been the entire season, but the fish are feeding well. It's as if they are in a prespawn mode, but in a winter pattern. Use live bait down-lining minnows.
- Catfish: Slow to fair. Water temperatures are still in the 40's, but blue cat are fishing decent with cut herring and other fresh bait. The channel cats are hiding out.
- Striper: Fair to good. Fish in the mouths of creeks and off the main points using freeline herring with some limited action on umbrella rigs. Gizzard shad has also produced on freelines.
- Crappie: Fair to good. Use tiny jigs fished slowly around docks for the best results. Tougher fishing, but with some results around 20-25 feet of water.
- Crappie: Fair. Crappie should move up before too long, but for now they are mixed in with the spots and perch in about 40 feet of water around bait schools. Minnows fished vertically are the best bet. Crappie can also be caught fishing at night under bridges with lights. Tie up in 20-25 feet of water and fish minnows under the light.
- Striped bass: Fair. Striper fishing has gotten tougher. With up and down temperatures the bait is pretty scattered, and striper have been difficult to locate. The best bet to locate fish is to look for the birds and troll free lines and planer boards with big live bait while covering a lot of water. The lower end around Beaver Dam and the Rocky River has been most productive.
- Hybrid bass: Fair to good. Best results in front of the dam in 20-30 feet with downlines. The fish also seem to be roaming in packs right after dark.
- Crappie: Fair. Water temps are still in the high 40's, but oddly there is some action around 6 feet from the bank. Some results still around 15 feet down over trees.
- Striper: Fair. Catch fish around 2-25 feet in the upper lake on planer boards. Largemouth Bass: Good. Fish are biting well on mock jigs and are beginning to move shallower.
- Catfish: Slow to fair. Unstable weather is making for a tough bite, but if the weather stabilizes for three or more days the fishing should improve quickly. The most likely pattern remains targeting the middle to lower end of the lake focusing on the riverbed, the mouths of deep creeks and adjacent deepwater flats. Blue cats will be moving back and forth from the riverbed to the flats, depending on a variety of factors, but they are generally following the bait movement. The best technique seems to be slow drift fishing in 30-55 feet of water, which allows anglers to cover lots of water looking for scattered fish. The best baits include gizzard shad and small pieces of cut fish (the size of a quarter coin). Channel catfish are also being caught, but in less numbers than blues during the winter.
- Crappie: Fair to good. Crappie are near the river channel and he is catching them a couple of feet off the bottom in 14-18 feet of water. When water temperatures start to warm fish will first move vertically in the water column, and the next move will be shallower towards the mouth of creeks. A combination of jigs and minnows is working.
- Largemouth Bass: Fair. There continues to be some scattered schooling activity across Lake Greenwood, with bass, striper, and some other species all mixed together. Fish can also be located by following the birds, and bass, striper and white perch can all be caught jigging spoons underneath the birds when fish are not on the surface. Some decent bass are also being caught fishing crankbaits off points, and on warmer days some fish can be found in the backs of coves.
- Catfish: Good. Patience is very important right now to catching big blues on Monticello. The most consistent way to catch big fish is to anchor on humps with baitfish nearby when you are marking fish underneath them.
- Crappie: Fair. A few fish are moving shallower and can be caught on long lines trolling in 6-14 feet of water. The best areas are around the creeks and specifically Beaver and Wateree and also on the main lake.
- Striper: Fair to good. The fish are starting to move down the lake. Currently check midlake and the banks to out around 40 feet. Both freelines and downlines are producing with live herring and large minnows. Another key is to follow the birds throw subsurface plugs.
- Shellcraker: Good. Fish in 2-8 feet with the old standby of red worms and baby nightcrawlers. Crappie: Fair. The upper end of the lake is showing results by trolling with jigs and minnows around creek mouths.
- Black bass: Fair to good. There are two patterns to try out. Check around docks with jigs and pigs or find 15-25 feet of water and use jerkbaits.
- Largemouth bass: Slow. Fishing is tough, but there are signs of improvement. The best pattern has been finding the usual spawning areas and using crankbaits.
- Catfish: Slow. Very inconsistent on the lakes with one day catching fish and another being a bust. Captain Jim Glenn reports shad are beginning to show up in the tailrace area, especially when they are generating power.
South Carolina freshwater recreational fishing regulations.