“If you caught fish, then you were at the right place at the right time,” said Bryan at the Bait Shop in Anderson. “Cold, rain, and wind have made it a tough spring for hybrid/striper fishermen.”
“I think the fish are confused whether they want to stay up or down river,” stated Bryan. “Fishermen are catching them from up at the Keowee River to down at the dam.”
Anglers have reported that large groups of fish have been few and far between, but the big fish are still in the creeks and off the points. These fish are holding in 15-30 feet of water and are being caught with live blueback herring on down rods.
“They are not where they normally are for this time of year,” said Bryan. And most fishermen agree that the fishing is about a month behind.
With warmer weather on the way, anglers are guessing that the hybrids/stripers will move into their usual late spring pattern and start to move down towards the dam.
South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley