Freshwater Fishing Trends - June 3, 2019

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Piedmont Area

Lake Russell (Updated May 23)

Bass: Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports that bass will move deeper this month, and fishing with deep running crankbaits or plastics worms around deep structure up to 40 or more feet down will be the best pattern.

Striped bass: Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that in June striper will be on both ends of the lake, with free-lining working in the upper lake and down-lines working in the lower lake.

Crappie: Guide Wendell Wilson reports that fish will move into deeper brush this month where they can be caught on jigs and minnows.

Catfish: Guide Jerry Kotal reports that fish will move deeper this month into 15-25 feet where they can be caught on cut herring.

Lake Thurmond (Updated May 21)

Bass: Tournament anglers Tyler Matthews of Evans, GA, and Josh Rockefeller of Augusta report that this month fish will be caught early off points with flukes, and after that fish can be caught deeper over humps and around brush on worms or jigs.

Striper and hybrids: William Sasser Guide Service (706-589-5468) reports that most years in June fish will be caught on down-lines in 35-40 feet of water, even though they never moved that deep last summer.

Crappie: William Sasser Guide Service reports that this month fish should be found around brush that sits in 20-25 feet of water. Anchoring and then fishing vertically with minnows is usually the best pattern.

Catfish: Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the best fishing in June will be in the early morning or late evening. Anchoring on humps and points and fishing with cut bait at a variety of depths is the best bet.

Lake Wylie (Updated May 23)

Bass: Tournament angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports that during June one group of fish will be shallow feeding around bedding bream, and another group of fish will be offshore in well-known community holes. Shallow fish can be caught on topwaters and deeper fish can be caught on crankbaits and worms.

Midlands Area

Lake Greenwood (Updated June 3)

Bass: Veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Greenwood reports that in June there should be a topwater bite first thing in shallow water. During the heat of the day fish should be caught deep in 15-20 feet on crankbaits and worms.

Lake Monticello (Updated May 23)

Bass: FLW angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports that in June most of the fish will be in deeper water where they can be caught on crankbaits and spoons. There can still be a topwater bite in the shallows early.

Catfish: Captain William Attaway (803-924-0857) reports that numbers of fish will be caught free line drifting over deep water, while bigger fish can be caught anchoring cut bait on humps.

Lake Murray (Updated May 23)

Bass: Veteran tournament angler Captain Doug Lown reports that in June a good pattern is to fish topwater baits early, and then in the upper lake to throw worms in 10-15 feet off points. Below Dreher Island you need to fish around the grass with a Carolina rig or shaky head.

Striped bass: Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports that this month fish will move deeper where they can be caught on down-lined live herring as deep as 50-60 feet, but they will not make the final push all into the extreme lower end of the lake until next month.

Crappie: Captain Brad Taylor reports that fish will stay on deep brush in the main lake where they can be caught on both minnows and jigs.

Catfish: Captain William Attaway (803-924-0857) reports that during the day you need to fish off points and humps, but at night catfish will move closer to the bank. The summer is a good time for dip baits.

Lake Wateree (Updated May 21)

Bass: FLW fisherman Dearal Rodgers of Camden reports that there appears to be a good population of bass on Lake Wateree right now, and this June he expects them to continue to be mixed between shallow and deep. Frogs, shakey heads and Carolina rigs will all catch fish.

Crappie: Veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt reports that fish will be on brush this month, where they can be caught on both minnows and jigs. As it gets hotter they will move deeper towards the river channel.

Santee Cooper System (Updated May 21)

Bass: Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports that this month fish will start off shallow but as it gets warmer or if water levels drop they could move out to the first drops near wood or trees. Fishing will get tougher as June progresses but topwaters and then Carolina rigs and crankbaits should work.

Crappie: Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that this month fish should continue to be caught on mid-depth brush with minnows.

Bream: Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that around the new and full moons waves of bluegill and shellcracker should come shallow to spawn where they can be caught on crickets and worms.

Catfish: Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) and Captain Stevie English (843-709-8138) report that in June fishing in the shallows with cut bait at night should be the primary pattern.

Mountains Area

Lake Jocassee (Updated May 24)

Bass: Guide Rob McComas (828-674-5041) reports that during June fish will start to get more nocturnal, but there are times when they will eat topwater lures and you can also fish a finesse worm.

Trout: Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that this month fish will move deeper as the water warms, and they will probably reach 80-100 feet by the end of June depending on where the thermocline sets up. Spoons should work for most of the month but if the bite gets tougher you can switch over to minnows.

Lake Keowee (Updated May 23)

Bass: Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that during June fish will be in a summer pattern where they can be caught early and late off points on topwaters, while during the day fishing deeper with worms is the best option.

Lake Hartwell (Updated May 21)

Striper and hybrids: Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports that for most of June fish should be caught on free-lines early and down-lines after the sun comes up, and if it gets really hot fish will move as deep as 45-50 feet.

Bass: Guide Brad Fowler reports that after an atypically tough May this could be an unusual June, but usually the majority of the fish head offshore this month where they can be caught on drop shots and shaky heads around deep brush piles.

Crappie: Captain Bill Plumley reports that crappie fishing slows down in the heat on Lake Hartwell, but fish can still be found around brush 18-25 feet deep close to the bottom. Fishing at night with lights around bridges can also be productive.

Catfish: Captain Bill Plumley reports that during June channel catfish will bite well in less than 20 feet of water on a variety of baits including cut herring and nightcrawlers.


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