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Matt Morgan and Kent Watson stick to a careful game plan when they're hunting down winter crappies, especially on a lake they're not familiar with. Here are six super tips on catching winter crappie
730 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 11:51 am

Crappie fishing is extremely popular in the Carolinas, and what better way to spend the cold months than catching slab crappie. Here’s what two of the Southeast’s top crappie fishermen do when going to a new lake to find crappie.


SCDNR stocked around 13,000 brown trout and another 5,400 rainbows in the Saluda River near Columbia on Tuesday. SCDNR makes huge trout stocking in Saluda River near Columbia
781 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 6:55 am

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources stocked approximately 18,400 rainbow and brown trout into the lower Saluda River near Columbia on Dec. 16 using a helicopter and a specialized lift bucket. Of that total, 13,000 are brown trout and 5,400 are rainbow trout for a total more than 3,000 pounds.


Fishing for big blue catfish can be excellent on both Santee Cooper lakes in December. Hooray for the holidays!
31 Views - Posted: December 15 at 9:00 am

The rapid cooling of the water temperature in December is not a problem for several species of fish on the Santee Cooper lakes. In fact, some guides say it actually does wonders to improve the fishing.


Guide Preston Harden loves to catch Lake Hartwell stripers on a fly rod and a small Clouser. Big Hartwell stripers on the fly
27 Views - Posted: December 15 at 7:00 am

One of guide Preston Harden’s personal favorite techniques for catching stripers this month is with a fly rod. 


Crappie pro Whitey Outlaw of St. Matthews shows off a tremendous catch of Lake Moultrie slabs. Deep brush, fish attractors producing plenty of slab crappie at Lake Moultrie
895 Views - Posted: December 14 at 7:01 pm

At a time of year when some anglers begin to cool off on crappie fishing, the slabs are figuratively “on fire” at Santee Cooper’s Lake Moultrie.


Guide Buddy Bouknight said striper fishing on Lake Murray has been great from the Dreher Island area all the way up the Midlands lake. Lake Murray stripers putting on a show from Dreher Island up the lake
1612 Views - Posted: December 02 at 8:20 am

The striped bass are in a migration mode at Lake Murray, and the fishing from Dreher Inland up has been excellent. According to guide Buddy Bouknight, the fishing should stay good and possibly improve over the next few weeks.


Big winter stripers like this are not uncommon on Lake Hartwell when conditions are right. Cold weather, hot stripers - When winter approaches at Lake Hartwell, so does some of the best striper fishing of the year
29 Views - Posted: December 01 at 7:00 am

If you’re looking for the best way to hook monster striped bass from Lake Hartwell this winter, one of the best ways is to forget live bait and use artificial lures. 


Lake Monticello produced this huge blue catfish, estimated at 97 pounds, for one of guide Chris Simpson's parties last Wednesday. Lake Monticello anglers land huge blue catfish estimated at 97 pounds
8200 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:48 am

Guide Chris Simpson proved last Wednesday why he and Lake Monticello go together when members of a guide party landed and released a huge blue catfish estimated to weigh around 97 pounds.


Lake Wylie's Night stalkers are scaring Lake Wylie crappie right into the boat
2054 Views - Posted: November 18 at 6:29 pm

When the sun sinks into the western sky, night stalkers begin to prowl. They prepare for the evening onslaught and make careful preparations for their sneak attack on unwary victims. But we’re not talking Jack the Ripper; we’re talking about nocturnal crappie fishermen using lights to catch limits of slab crappie on Lake Wylie, and the fishing is wide open.


Greenville's Wes Howard caught this 40-pound striped bass on Nov. 11 out of Lake Hartwell. Lake Hartwell spits out 40-pound striper for Greenville angler
3973 Views - Posted: November 17 at 7:02 am

Wes Howard of Greenville proved once again that cut bait is king on Lake Hartwell when he landed a 40-pound, 43-inch striped bass from the Seneca River on Nov. 11. Howard was cut bait fishing on the upper reaches of the Seneca River when the big fish hit.


Guide Kevin Davis caught this nice striper from Lake Marion last November. Say thanks for strong bite
102 Views - Posted: November 16 at 9:00 am

Despite the cooling weather in November, the fishing action seems to just simply get better for a variety of species on the Santee Cooper lakes. In addition to good action, the potential for heavyweight fish also increases.


William Attaway likes to put his outboard in reverse to slowly drift catfish baits during the winter. Drift with your outboard in reverse
108 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

William Attaway does do some things differently from most fishermen on Lake Monticello, which is one reason he catches a lot of fish. One tactic he often employs when drift-fishing is to use his big outboard motor, in reverse, to keep the boat exactly where he wants as he works around humps, crops and points.


This big Lake Monticello blue catfish hit 89 minutes into a 90-minute wait, proving that patience is a key to catching trophy fish. Anchor for big winter cats
74 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

Guide Chris Simpson catches big blue catfish at Monticello by drift-fishing and by anchoring, but if he is targeting big fish for a client, he will usually spend some of his time anchored.


Lake Monticello is a pump-back lake that has a largely undeveloped shoreline and holds plenty of big catfish. Monticello particulars
53 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

Lake Monticello is about 6 miles long and covers around 6,700 acres. It was created in 1978 as a pumped storage facility managed by South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) to provide cooling water for a single-unit nuclear reactor; its outflow goes directly into Parr Reservoir.


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