LAKE MURRAY: Striped bass: Good. Can be found from mid-lake up to the Big and Little Saluda rivers. The key for the next couple of months is to fish around the birds. Free-lined live herring or plugs will work. Bream: Good. Look for shellcracker in 4-12 feet of water. Use baby nightcrawlers and red worms. Largemouth bass: Fair. On calm days, dock fishing with jigs or shakey head worms can be strong; fish shallow. However, falling water levels should slow bites from the dock. Another productive technique is fishing medium running crankbaits and covering lots of water. Catfish: Fair. Recent inflow of rainwater has muddied the lake and caused baitfish to scatter out, which has had the same effect on the catfish. Most fish are willing to bite but can be hard to locate. Look for baitfish close to the bottom with big arches (catfish) under them. Drifting is the most productive technique, and cut herring is the best bait. Crappie: Fair. Crappie bite is picking up, over middle-depth brush piles using plain minnows. Fifteen-20 feet is a good depth.
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