Freshwater Fishing Trends - September 20, 2016
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Lake Russell (Updated September 14)
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 around deeper timber. To target largemouth anglers should head to the backs of the creeks.
Striped Bass: Fair to good. Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports striper fishing has slowed down a bit but they are still catching some nice fish down-lining with live herring in 25-35 feet of water.
Crappie: Fair to good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that some very nice crappie are being caught fishing minnows over brush in 20-25 feet of water.
Catfish: Fair to good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that channel catfish can be caught off deeper points on cut herring.
Lake Thurmond (Updated September 14)
Striper and Hybrids: Very good. Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reports that his boat continues to catch nice fish in about 50 feet of water with down-lined live herring. Schooling activity is still only sporadic. Crappie: Fair to good. Captain William Sasser reports that some nice crappie are being caught in about 25 feet of water around brush. Bass: Slow to fair. Buckeye Lures in Augusta reports that tournaments weights have slowed way down and bass fishing has gotten a little tough. Fish can be caught around main lake humps and points on jigs and soft plastics, and there is also some shallow activity early and late. Small fish are starting to school.
Lake Wylie (Updated September 14)
Catfish: Fair to good. Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that 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 to fair. Guide and FLW Angler Bryan New (704-421-5868) reports that fishing is still tough, but as temperatures drop the bite is just beginning to improve. Sporadic schooling activity can be found scattered all across the lake, and small topwater lures are a good bet for these fish. Charlie’s Worms Finesse Master worms fished on a drop shot rig or shakey head in the same areas where fish are schooling are also effective.
Lake Greenwood (Updated September 9)
Catfish: Fair. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that channel catfish can be caught around humps and points on dip baits, and drift fishing is just starting to improve.
Bass: Slow to fair. Stan Gunter reports that bass fishing remains pretty tough, and fish are still holding out in fairly deep water. Fishing a buzzbait early or flipping docks with jigs or worms is as good a pattern as any. Bass fishing should improve once temperatures cool.
Lake Monticello (Updated September 9)
Catfish: Fair. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the free line drifting bite has slowed, but the best way to put fish in the boat is still drifting over very deep water with unweighted/ barely weighted small pieces of cut fish or shrimp. The fall bite for big fish should start soon.
Bass: Slow. Andy Wicker reports that bass fishing is still very tough on Lake Monticello, and unfortunately fish shouldn’t improve for a month or so yet. 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 September 8)
Bass: Fair. Veteran tournament anglers Stan Gunter reports that there have been a couple of productive patterns. One way to catch fish is with topwater lures fished off points for suspended fish, and the other main pattern is throwing a buzzbait early and then flipping docks up the rivers
Catfish: Fair. 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 most effective for channel catfish.
Striped bass: Slow to fair. Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports that the best fish are being caught on free-lined herring fished in the lower pool; water quality is too poor for a deep, down-line bite.
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 September 12)
Crappie: Good. Will Hinson advises that fish have moved a bit shallower but they are still in brush along the main river channel. Minnows will catch fish but Fish Stalker Jigs have been working very well.
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: Slow. Dearal Rodgers reports that recent tournament weights have been very low, and there just isn’t very much happening on the bass fishing front. Limits are hard to come by and fishermen are really struggling to get bites. Early in the morning there has been some occasional topwater activity, and some fish are hitting the surface chasing shad. A deep bite has been almost non-existent.
Santee Cooper System (Updated September 20)
Crappie: Fair to good. Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that crappie fishing is picking up over mid-depth brush. Minnows and jigs are both catching fish.
Bass: Fair. Steve Harmon reports that we are coming into a period when bass fishing can be really good, as fish move out of their deeper haunts and towards the banks. Frogs, spinnerbaits and plastic worms fished around shallow cover should all catch fish.
Bream: Slow to fair. Captain Steve English reports that bluegill are starting to stack up on brush piles where they will take crickets and worms.
Catfish: Slow to fair. The catfish bite has been a little tough recently. Try prospecting both shallow and deep with cut bait or dip baits for channel catfish.
Lake Jocassee (Updated September 12)
Trout: Good. Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that even with the heat some nice trout continue to be caught, although things have slowed down a bit. Fish are approximately 80-110 feet deep, and both spoons and live bait are catching fish.
Lake Keowee (Updated September 9)
Bass: Guide Brad Fowler reports that fish remain in a pretty typical late summer pattern, and it can be tough to catch fish on artificials right now. Most of the fish are suspended out in deep water but from time to time some bass can be caught on topwater lures. 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 September 8)
Striped and Hybrid Bass: Slow to fair. Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) report that striper fishing is a little off but should pick up soon. Fish can be found along the river channel, and while live herring will catch some fish trolling lead core line, jigging spoons and power reeling techniques have been more effective at times.
Catfish: Slow to fair. Captain Bill Plumley reports that channel catfish are scattered out in fairly deep water and particularly at night they will eat dip baits, cut bait, worms and more.
Bass: Slow to fair. Guide Brad Fowler reports that small fish can be caught with topwater lures as well as drop shot rigs, but the decent-sized fish are hard to target right now. Some early schooling activity is just getting underway.
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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