“Typically, this is the best time of the year for cat fishing on Lake Murray,” according to Capt. Chris Simpson of Fightin Da Blues Guide Service.
The catfish are scattered this time of the year and the fish will hit throughout the whole day. This is why Simpson will start fishing in 25 feet of water in the creeks and then move out to 60 feet in the river channels.
The bream fishing at Santee is as hot as ever, with anglers catching limits of bluegills and shellcrackers all over the upper and lower lakes. Bluegills are biting crickets in a range of depths, anywhere from 2-12 feet deep.
Anglers are having luck with shellcrackers fishing on or near the bottom, also in a variety of depths. Nightcrawlers and red wigglers are producing well.
Most people think that the best time for catfishing is in the summer. But according to Daron Doolittle of 34 Bait & Tackle in Newberry, the beginning of catfish season is now on Lake Monticello.
“The best catfishing is November thru May,” said Doolittle. “Catfish like cold water and with the water temperature starting to cool, the fishing is starting to pick up.” Doolittle said that.... Read More
Lake Murray Shellcrackers are starting to bite!! Humps and secondary points with shellbeds are the ticket right now with the cooling water temps! Nightcrawlers and red worms fished on split shot rigs and mini carolina rigs are the ticket right now! This bite will get fast and furious with cooler weather!! The best depth for them seems to be 3 to 10 feet of water right now! I move every 30.... Read More
“There is no topwater bite for hybrids/stripers on Lake Hartwell, but they are starting to school, and they are hitting small baits,” according to Preston Harden of Bucktail Guide Service (706) 255-5622. “The high water has the fish spread out, but small flukes on jig heads are producing,” Harden reported. Harden says that the fish are hitting on the fall in anywhere from the surface to.... Read More
Despite the cooler mornings, nights, and evenings, the bream fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes is still hot. The only difference is that experienced bream anglers are starting later in the day.
'We like to let the sun get up and begin warming the water because when the mornings are as cool as they have been, the bream won't bite until a little later in the day anyway,' said Borden.... Read More
“School is not in secession for the hybrids/stripers on Lake Hartwell, yet,” according to Brian Morton at the Bait Shop in Anderson. “When they started pulling water on Lake Hartwell to lower the water level, the fishing died, but the good news is that the fish are starting to group up,” said Morton. The hybrids/stripers are suspended about 50 feet deep in 70 feet of water down near the.... Read More
Fishing report- the crappies are in deep brush piles, 12-15ft on the main body of the lake. Try using minnows on a dropshot rig and small crappie jigs. The brim should be in the same depth of water around brush using night crawlers. The bass are hitting topwater baits early in the morning around covered docks on the deeper banks. A floating worm around the lily pads seems to.... Read More
I went out for couple of hours before it got hot. We got 4 Lm bass. Biggest was 4.2lb I missed couple in the morning with a strikeking spit-N-king. Went out deeper and try the spro little john crankbait and the floating craw beaver bait. I was trying to fish the outside weed lines and look for wood near them.
Big fish come from small waters, and Eddie Bick of Sumter proved that earlier this month when he hoisted a 70-pound Arkansas blue catfish from Cherryvale Lake. The lake, slightly bigger than 10 acres, is really nothing more than a neighborhood pond, but you'll never hear Bick complain about that.
The striper fishing at Santee usually heats up in May, but it has started a little early this year. Perry Holloway of Sumter has taken his kids out striper fishing several times in the past few weeks, and they are having success both fishing on the bottom and using surface lures like Striper Swipers and large Chug Bugs.
The stripers have been biting throughout the day in moving water,.... Read More
Last weekend we were fishing at Lake Greenwood near the dam, and found the hiding place for ALL the crappie. Since we don't get there much to fish thought we would share the place we found for all the other Crappie fishermen/fisherwomen out there. These are the GPS Coordinates we got from our fish finder: 34.187027,-81.914686
If you put that in google maps, it hopefully will take you to the.... Read More
I caught this bass after fishing for her for two days. I would leave her alone and go catch other bass but I knew she was the biggest I have ever seen on the bed. I found a rod in the water ten yards away in a bush which goes to show you how remote this area was and none of the tournament fisherman could even get to this bass. Although, using a tiller handle jon boat and skimming the banks paid.... Read More
Mike McSwain with Broad River Smallmouth (843-763-3805) has been booked even through the cold and windy days we've had recently. On even the windiest days, McSwain and his clients have paddled the Broad in his Old Town Canoe, and he said the fishing couldn't be better.
It isn't just the smallmouth that have been biting either, McSwain said. Largemouth, white bass, and even gizzard shad have.... Read More
For the first of spring it is still cold out there, but for those brave enough to take on the blowing wind, driving rain, and freezing temps, the fishing is great on Lake Keowee.
The largemouth bass are back in the pockets, and fishermen are sight fishing for them on the beds. Generally, the big females are in the very back on the coves sitting in shallow water from one –three feet deep with.... Read More
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