Midlands fishing report

LAKE GREENWOOD: Striped Bass: Good. Striper are scattered but schooling action has been reported around the State Park and some nice fish have been weighed in. Bass, white perch and striper at times seem to be coming to the surface together and eating shad. Catfish: Good. Drifting cut bait and shrimp in 18-28 feet of water along the river channel and across points and humps will catch both numbers of fish and good-sized channel cats. A big flathead or two may be mixed in with the catch. Largemouth bass: Fair. Fish can be found both deep and shallow in the main lake, but they don't seem to have moved up the creeks following bait. Buzzbaits and floating worms will work early and late, and crankbaits have been productive. 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 for 8- to 12-pound blue catfish and some fish in the high 20s have also been caught. The middle section of Lake Wateree from Taylor Creek to Colonel Creek is a good area to fish; fall is a transition period, so catfish are generally scattered, and it is important to cover a good amount of water and try a variety of depths. Cut white perch, bluegill and gizzard shad will work. Striped Bass: Fair. There are isolated reports of striper being caught 20-30 feet down in the mid-lake area. Reports are coming in of small striper following baitfish up the creeks toward the bridges. Crappie: Fair. Look around bridges up the creeks and fish minnows vertically against the pilings. Largemouth Bass: Fair. Throw topwater lures early in the morning and look for shad on the surface.

LAKE MONTICELLO: Catfish: Good. Good numbers continue to be caught as well as several big blue catfish. Anchoring over humps, ledges and other structure in 25-60 feet 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: Bream: Very good. Shellcracker have moved shallower and are being caught in 4-10 feet over hard bottoms. Use baby nightcrawlers and red worms. Striped Bass: Good. Lake World reports that striped bass are starting to move up toward the mid-lake. Lots of schooling action is being reported but the schools are now less likely to be down around the dam. Schools will be grouped by size and the numbers of keeper-sized fish are getting bigger. Catfish: Good. Catfishing has slowed during the day, but at night the bite can be very good. Fish in 8-15 feet around shallow humps, points and islands and at night fish the same areas in 3-15 feet. Fresh-cut herring and nightcrawlers will work. Crappie: Good. Crappie fishing has improved up the rivers. Fish in 10-20 feet with live minnows around drop offs and deep brushpiles. Anglers are starting to troll again with jigs tipped with minnows. Largemouth Bass: Fair. The suspended bite that helped the Greenwood Bassmasters win the B.A.S.S. Six-Man Tournament on Lake Murray is winding down. Best fish are caught with soft plastics in relatively shallow water. Shakey head worms have been working particularly well and not just for small fish.