Largemouth bass: Good. Fish seem to have bunched up. A good place to look is on the backside of points because so much water has been pulled on the lake. Fish crankbaits and worms in 8-15 feet of water. Striped bass: Fair to good. For the next couple of months, look for the birds and fish around them. Catfish: Below average. The channel cats are spotty and are moving a lot as the baitfish move. A lot of the baitfish and fish are starting to migrate to the upper part of the lake. Catfish: Fair. The bite is below average for this time of year, and the baitfish and channel cats are on the move, especially toward the upper end of the lake. Crappie: Fair. Up and down water levels have hurt crappie fishing. Try minnows around deeper brushpiles.
Catfish: Very good. Creeks are full of small gizzard shad, and catfish are gorging in those areas. Drift with cut bait. Striped bass: Good to very good. Pull planer boards, floats and free lines with live herring or shiners in 30-40 feet. Occasional, schooling activity is being reported. Crappie: Good to very good. Slow-trolling jigs tipped with minnows in 15-20 feet of water is working. Chartreuse is a good color to start with. Largemouth bass: Fair. Remains day to day, but weights were up for the CATT Fall Classic, and there were some reports of good fish being caught shallow on jigs. Crankbaits have also been productive on the right days.
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 both 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 the dock bite. Catfish: Fair. Recent inflow of rainwater has muddied the lake and caused baitfish to scatter out, which has had the same effect on catfish. Most fish are willing to bite, but they can be hard to locate. Look for baitfish close to the bottom with big arches (catfish) under them. Crappie: Fair. Bite is picking up; fish from the rivers on down over middle-depth brush piles using plain minnows. 15-20 feet is a good depth to fish.