Lake Keowee (Updated
Bass: Fair to good. Guide Brad Fowler reports that fish are getting into a
pretty standard summer pattern. Early in the morning there is a topwater bite,
and later in the day fish can be caught on drop shots and shakey head worms.
Lake Hartwell (Updated
Bass: Fair to good. Guide Brad Fowler reports that there is a pretty good
topwater bite over points and humps, and fish can also be caught on drop shots
as well as around bream beds.
Striped Bass: Good.
Captain Bill Plumley
Guide Chip Hamilton
(864-304-9011) report that the best striper actions is the middle to lower part
of the lake about 30-50 feet deep on down-lined herring.
Catfish: Good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that channel catfish are scattered
out in the shallow to middle depths where they will eat dip baits, cut bait,
worms and more. Flathead catfish can be caught at night on live bait and most
blues are in deeper timber.
Crappie: Fair. Captain Bill Plumley reports that the crappie bite is pretty good
around mid-depth brush and bridges on minnows, and night fishing has been a
litter better than daytime fishing.
Lake Jocassee (Updated
Trout: Good. Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that some nice trout
continue to be caught on Jocassee, with numbers and sizes still pretty strong.
Fish are being caught on spoons and minnows fished in the 30-80 foot range, and
while fish are still spread out over the lake, they are starting to group up in
the big water.
Lake Thurmond (Updated
Bass: Fair to good. Buckeye Lures reports that some big bags have been caught in
local tournaments even though it has gotten very hot. Fish can be caught around
main lake humps on jigs and soft plastics, and there is also some shallow
activity early and late.
Striper and Hybrids: Very good. Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reports
that early in the morning his boat is catching fish 40-50 feet deep on
down-lines. In the backs of coves tons of two-pound hybrids can be caught.
Crappie: Good. Captain William Sasser reports that crappie are still biting well
over mid-depth brush.
Lake Wylie (Updated
Bass: Fair to good. FLW angler Bryan New reports that the deep bite is
significantly better than any shallow pattern. Carolina rigs, swimbaits, jigs
and deep-running crankbaits will all catch fish around offshore structure.
Catfish: Fair. Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that priority one
for the fish is spawning, and that can make for a tougher catfish bite. Anglers
need to display a lot of flexibility and be willing to move around, anchor,
drift and try different baits. While it is still worth trying up the river for a
big bite, particularly when there is current, more catchable fish may be found
in the less riverine areas.
Lake Russell (Updated
Bass: Good. Guides Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) and Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336)
report that there is a decent shallow bass bite early on topwater lures. During
the day bass can be caught on live bait or soft plastics fished off mid-depth
Striped Bass: Very Good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that solid numbers of
large striper have been caught recently on free-lined herring pulled over
mid-depth water away from timber.
Catfish: Fair to Good. Guide Jerry Kotal reports that channel catfish can be
caught in the backs of coves and cuts on cut bait.
Crappie: Fair to Good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that pretty good numbers of
decent-sized crappie can be caught over relatively shallow brush, but the
biggest fish have mostly already headed out to deeper brush.
Lake Wateree (Updated
Bass: Good. Dearal Rodgers reports that fish can be found both shallow around
the grass as well as deeper in 10-15 feet of water around structure, but the
best bite is in the transitional zone between shallow and deep water. Buzzbaits,
spinnerbaits, jigs and soft plastics will all catch fish.
Catfish: Fair. Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that most fish are
focused on spawning, and that can make for more challenging catfish conditions.
While it is still worth trying up the river for a big bite, particularly when
current is present, the best bite may be further down the lake where pre-spawn
and post-spawn fish are more likely to be found. Anglers should experiment with
a variety of cut baits to find what the fish want.
Crappie: Good. Will Hinson advises that the largest numbers of fish are moving
towards mid-depth brush where they will eat jigs and minnows. With clarity best
in the lower lake the best catches have come from that area.
Lake Greenwood (Updated
Bass: Tough. Stan Gunter reports that fish are in a transition period between
shallow and deep water and getting bites is not easy. Some fish can be caught
early around seawalls on topwater lures, and others are in mid-depth to deeper
water where they will take worms and crankbaits.
Striper: Good. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that striper are
being caught on free lines as well as down-lines fished at the depth where
anglers mark fish. Schooling should get hot soon.
Catfish: Fair to good. Captain Chris Simpson reports that channel catfish can be
caught around humps and points on dip baits and cut herring.
Lake Monticello (Updated
Bass: Fair to Good. Andy Wicker reports that this is still a transition period;
while some smaller fish can still be caught shallow on topwater lures and
flukes, better fish may be beginning to transition out to deeper humps and
offshore structure. Deep-diving crankbaits and spoons will both catch fish.
Catfish: Inconsistent. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that some
days the bite for large blue catfish is very good, but on other days the fishing
can be very slow. Similarly, the free-line drifting bite is inconsistent – it
may take some more warm weather before it gets more reliable. Small pieces of
cut bait are the best option right now for all sizes of fish.
Lake Murray (Updated
Bass: Fair. Captain Doug Lown
reports that first thing in the morning some fish can be found shallow feeding
on bait, and later in the day fish can be found around rocky points where they
will take Carolina rigs. Throwing topwaters early in the creeks can also catch
Crappie: Excellent. Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports that crappie
fishing has been very strong with minnows fished over brush in about 15-20 feet
Striped bass: Good. Captain Brad Taylor reports that first thing free lines and
planer boards will catch fish, and after that down lines in the 40-foot range
have been productive.
Captain Chris Simpson
(864-992-2352) reports that fan-casting cut herring and dip baits around humps
has been productive for channel catfish.
Santee Cooper (Updated
Bass: Good. Steve Harmon
reports that one group of bass can be found up shallow in 1-5 feet of water
where they will eat frogs, but many of the bigger fish have moved out to deeper
points and ditches. These fish can be caught on worms as well as spinnerbaits
Catfish: Fair to Good. Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that catfish are
moving back and forth between shallow and deeper water, and a ton of small blue
cats continue to be caught to go along with some occasional big fish.
Bream: Fair to Good. Captain
Steve English reports that bluegill and shellcrackers are moving up to spawn
around new and full moons, and then heading back to deeper water in between moon
phases. Worms and crickets will catch fish.
Crappie: Fair. Captain Steve English reports that crappie can be found around
mid-depth brush where they will eat minnows. Fishing in the lower lake has been
a little better than the upper lake.