South Carolina fishing report


LAKE GREENWOOD: Largemouth bass: Good. Largemouth bass fishing has picked up in the past week, particularly around brush piles in the State Park area. Strike King Sexy Shad crankbaits and plastics worms in black with red fleck or green pumpkin with red/ green fleck colors are both catching fish. Striped Bass: Good. Schooling action has been reported around the State Park. Nice fish have been weighed in. Catfish: Good. Good numbers of channel catfish being caught drifting shrimp across humps and flats in the 8-15 foot range. Avoid fishing much deeper because the oxygen level is very low below 18 feet. Cut bait is another good option. If drifting isn't working, try anchoring. Crappie: Fair. Crappie seem to have moved from deep brush piles into channels in about the 10-foot depth range. Use jigs tipped with minnows.

LAKE WATEREE: Catfish: Excellent. The drift bite has been excellent. The middle section of Lake Wateree from Taylor Creek to Colonel Creek is a good area to fish. Cut white perch, bluegill and gizzard shad will all work; because fish may prefer different baits from day to day have a variety of options on hand. Striped Bass: Fair. There are isolated reports of striper being caught 20-30 feet down in the mid-lake area. Reports are also coming in of small striper following baitfish up the creeks toward the bridges; this would usually be early in the season for that bite. Crappie: Fair. Look around bridges up the creeks. Fish minnows vertically against the pilings. Largemouth Bass: Slow. There are two main hot water patterns- fishing docks proximate to deep water that have lots of brush, and fishing underwater ledges. Jigs are a good bet for dock fishing, and shakey head worms, jigs and DD-22 crankbaits are a good bet for fishing underwater structure.

LAKE MONTICELLO: Catfish: Good. Good numbers of fish continue to be caught as well as several big blue catfish each trip. Anchoring over humps, ledges and other structure in 25-60 feet of water and fishing with cut bait seems to be the best pattern. White perch is durable but the type of cut bait does not seem to make a difference. The key to big bites seems to be waiting at least an hour in each spot.

LAKE MURRAY: Striped Bass: Excellent. Lake World had a 21-pound fish weighed in at the store. Early in the morning there has been good schooling action down around the dam, which will continue all day on cloudy days. After the sun comes out, fishing down lines in the lower lake at depths down to about 40 feet has been very productive. Trolling with umbrella rigs, Road Runners, Stretch 25s and spoons is also catching fish. Bream: Very good. Shellcracker are being caught off secondary points and around islands in 8-12 feet. Use baby nightcrawlers and red worms. Catfish: Good. Catfishing has slowed during the day, but at night the bite can be very good. Fresh-cut herring and nightcrawlers will work. Largemouth Bass: Fair. The largemouth bass bite continues to improve, but action remains day-to-day. The winner of the Funfest tournament on Wednesday had 21.86 pounds, and several other boats weighed in sacks in the 19-20 pound range, but anglers in weekend club tournaments had a tougher time. Soft plastics seem to be the most reliable way to put fish in the boat during the day. Crappie: Fair. Most crappie are being caught up the lake. The two patterns are fishing the edges of drop-offs down about 20 feet and fishing over deep brushpiles in 18-30 feet. Both minnows and jigs will work.