SC Freshwater Fishing Report - September 3

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Published: September 3, 2010


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Freshwater Report

Mountains Area

Lake Jocassee

Trout: Fair.  Captain Steve Pietrykowski recommends fishing both spoons and live shiners (or herring if you can’t get shiners) in the main lake.  The best fishing is coming 70-80 feet down where fish are trying to escape the heat. Black Bass: Slow to fair.  Captain Pat Bennett reports that the best bite is coming in cooler water with surface temperatures in the low 80s which is adjacent to deep water.  Use your electronics to determine at which depth the fish are holding, and then lower a drop shot rig to a depth just above the suspended fish. 

Lake Keowee

Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair.  Guide Brad Fowler reports that Lake Keowee is still very warm.  The most effective pattern has been fishing a drop shot rig on main lake points in 30-40 feet, either just off the bottom or higher in the water column when suspended fish show up on your graph. 

Lake Hartwell

Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good.  Captain Bill Plumley says the best fishing seems to be on the lower end right now, with two predominant patterns most common.  Lots of people are trolling lead core line 10-12 colors out (100-120 yards back) and pulling swimbaits, Road Runners and bucktails.  The afternoon has been the best time for this technique. Captain Steve Pietrykowski’s says a lot of guys appear to be trolling lead core and downriggers. Live bait on down rods is still producing best for him in 70-110 feet of water. Largemouth Bass: Fair to good.  Guide Brad Fowler reports the topwater bite is improving again.  Sebilles, Spooks, Sammys and flukes will all catch fish on top off deep points. Big 10-12 inch worms and buzzbaits fished early and late will work for these bass. Catfish: Fair to good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that channel catfish fish on the bottom off deep points in 30-40 feet of water using cut herring or nightcrawlers.  The best flathead fishing is at night; look in 15-25 feet of water and anchor a live bream or perch near a brushpile. Crappie:  Slow to fair.  Captain Bill Plumley reports that some crappie are being caught at night around bridges.  Tie up in 15-25 feet of water and put out a light, then fish with live minnows. 

Piedmont Area

Lake Russell

Crappie: Good.  Guide Wendell Wilson reports that he has had some good crappie fishing trips mid-lake around the golf course at Richard Russell State Park. Use a slip float rig or fish a plain minnow behind a split shot, and work it very carefully around the top of brush. Bream: Good.  Guide Wendell Wilson reports that bream are shallow, but finding good size fish is difficult.  Fish worms on a split shot rig or under a cork, or fish micro jigs under a cork. Catfish: Good.  Guide Wendell Wilson reports that the best catfish pattern is night fishing cut herring and nightcrawlers on the bottom in 12-15 feet of water off long, main lake points.  Anchor and fish several rods on the bottom. Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair to good.  Guide Wendell Wilson reports that the best pattern for catching good largemouth is flipping visible timber in 20-40 feet with Texas rigs or Spot Removers for bass suspended 12-15 feet down.  Striped bass: Fair to good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that the biggest striper will be found in the cool water below the Hartwell Dam.  Free line trout or large herring.

Lake Thurmond

Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good to very good.  Captain William Sasser reports bigger striper and hybrids with down lines 40-45 feet under the schools.  There is also good fishing up around the Russell Dam, where cut bait is catching big fish on the bottom.  Fish in 20-30 feet of water. Bream: Good.  Guide Wendell Wilson reports that at the top of Clarks Hill he is catching good numbers of shellcracker in 7-8 feet of water.  Crappie:  Fair.  Captain William Sasser reports right now the best fishing is in the mid-lake off the river channel, and fish are spread out in about 40 feet of water.  Fish 25 feet down with minnows.  Black bass: Slow.  Buckeye Lures in Augusta reports that the bass fishing on Clarks Hill has gotten even tougher. 
Lake Wylie

Catfish: Good to very good.  Captain Rodger Taylor reports that drifting and slow trolling are producing good catches of channel catfish.  Best fishing is coming in the major creeks and around main channel humps in 6-20 feet of water.  White perch: Fair to good. Captain Rodger Taylor reports that white perch continue to be erratic, as most of this year Anchor on offshore humps and fish about 20 feet down with minnows and worms. Largemouth Bass: Fair. FLW Professional and Lake Wylie Guide Matt Arey reports that shad have moved into the backs of pockets, but they are not in the backs of creeks just yet.  It seems like they are about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way back in most of the major creeks. When fish are schooling flukes, spooks and small grubs will catch them.

Midlands area

Lake Wateree

Catfish:  Good to very good.  Captain Rodger Taylor reports that on some days blue catfish have been biting very well on the drift.  Drift flats in 9-15 feet of water with cut bait.  In the evening and at night anchoring has also been productive. Crappie: Good.  Will Hinson of the Southern Crappie Tournament Trail reports he’s catching most of his crappie on the upper most end of the lake from Beaver Creek to Wateree Creek.  He is targeting brush in 12-18 feet of water, and the fish are flat on the bottom beside the brush. Largemouth Bass: Fair.  Camden’s Dearal Rodgers reports that the fishing at Wateree in the late summer can be tough, but look for fish on offshore structure. A strong pattern right now is working Buckeye Lures Football Mop Jigs slowly on the bottom, and downsized Carolina rigs with 1/4 oz. weights and Zoom Trick Worms. 

Lake Greenwood

Catfish: Good to very good.  Captain Chris Simpson reports that the bite remains very strong for good sized channel cats, although some days you have to work to locate them.  Shrimp and stink bait are the best baits for quickly filling a cooler. Bream: Fair to good.  Sportsman’s Friend reports that fish remain shallow around docks and in the backs of coves.  Fish crickets and worms under a float or on a split shot rig. Crappie: Fair. Sportsman’s Friend reports that crappie have moved deep.  The best bet is fishing around deep brush or deep bridge pilings at night with minnows and jigs. Largemouth Bass: Slow to fair. Sportsman’s Friend reports that the fishing has gotten tough. Fish are feeding on threadfin and small gizzard shad, and the most likely places they will be found are off points and humps and around the edges of islands - proximate to depth changes.  In addition to topwater lures, crankbaits and bucktails will also catch schooling fish. 

Lake Murray

Striped Bass: Good.  Lake World reports that this is the best summer for the last 6 years and fishing around the dam and towers is excellent.  Both anchoring and drifting will catch fish, and fishing 35-50 feet down over humps in 50-85 feet of water is most effective.  Road Runners, Rebel plugs and Grandma lures will all catch fish.  No surface activity is being reported yet, but it should come on in the next few weeks.
Bream: Very good.  Lake World reports the bream bite remains very strong.  For bluegill fish red worms and crickets around docks and fallen trees. Catfish: Good. Lake World reports that catfish are feeding well on the lake, especially at night.  The most effective way to catch them right now is pulling a boat up to an island in the evening and then casting off of it with nightcrawlers or cut herring. Largemouth Bass: Slow to fair.  Captain Doug Lown reports that fishing remains difficult, but generally the most productive pattern is fishing topwater lures over deep points for suspended fish on sunny days when there is some wind.  Crappie: Fair. Captain Brad Taylor reports that crappie fishing has been good on the main lake below Dreher Island.  Brad has been fishing 16-20 feet deep over brush in 25-30 feet of water.  He is using the trolling motor to stay on top of the brush, and fishing four rods with live minnows straight down.

Lake Monticello

Catfish:  Good.  Captain Chris Simpson reports that the bite is still a little inconsistent, but he has been catching some monster fish up to about 60 pounds.  Some days the best fishing is off steep ledges, but other days the biggest fish are feeding on long sloping points. 

Santee Cooper System

Bream:  Good.  Captain Jim Glenn reports that bream are can be caught near shallow vegetation and on drops in 10-12 feet of water that contain brush.  Crickets and worms will both work.  Crappie: Fair to good.  Captain Jim Glenn reports that crappie can be caught on minnows around brush in 12-20 feet of water.  Some days crappie will be suspended over the brush, and on others they will hold tight to it. Catfish: Fair.  Captain Jim Glenn reports that blue cats are moving in and out of shallow water both day and night in both lakes. Either cut perch or herring or shad will produce fish. Largemouth bass: Fair.  Captain Inky Davis reports that he has had some good trips in the heat, and fish can be caught as long as you fish the morning bite and stay away from the heat of the day.  Fish in 2-8 feet of water on soft plastics fished around trees, stumps, logs, lily pads and other cover. 

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