Midlands fishing report

LAKE GREENWOOD: Striped Bass: Good. Striper are scattered, but schooling action has been reported around the State Park and Goat Island, and some nice fish have been weighed in. At times bass, white perch and striper 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. Catfish can also be caught by bank fishermen using cut bait or worms. Try suspending the bait slightly off the bottom with a float to imitate a Santee drifting rig. Largemouth bass: Fair to good. Early and late there has been some good surface action using topwater lures and particularly floating worms. Later in the day, fishing plastic worms around brushpiles in 8-12 feet has been working as well as fishing off shallower points in 3-4 feet. 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: Very good. The bite for blue catfish in the 2- to 10-pound range is very good drifting in the middle sections of Lake Wateree between Taylor Creek and Colonel Creek in 15-35 feet. Cut white perch, bluegill and gizzard shad will work. Because fish may prefer different baits from day to day, have options on hand. Striped Bass: Fair. Striper continue to be caught in the mid-lake area drifting or trolling live bait in 20-30 feet. Crappie: Fair. Look around bridges up the creeks and fish minnows vertically against the pilings. Largemouth Bass: Slow. Bass fishing is still tough on Lake Wateree and weights in the first two CATT tournaments of the season have been low.

LAKE MONTICELLO: Catfish: Good. Good numbers continue to be caught as well as several big blue catfish each trip. Anchoring over humps, ledges and other structure in 30-60 feet and fishing with cut bait seems to be the best pattern.

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. Dooley's reports that striped bass are schooling from the dam up to the mid-lake; fish have begun their migration up the lake and into the backs of creeks. When anglers aren't throwing topwater plugs at schooling fish, free-lining live herring has been the most productive method, although a few people are still fishing down lines and trolling. Catfish: Good. Some really nice blue catfish are being caught in roughly 20-30 feet on cut herring. Crappie: Good. Crappie fishing has improved up the rivers. Fish in 10-20 feet with live minnows around drop-offs and deep brushpiles. Largemouth Bass: Fair. The suspended bite that helped the Greenwood Bassmasters win the B.A.S.S. Six-Man Tournament is winding down. Best fish are caught with soft plastics in shallow water. Shakey head worms have been working particularly well, and not just for small fish.