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Guide Rodger Taylor has been catching plenty of big blue catfish at night out of Lake Wateree. After-dark catfish action in Lake Wateree's shallows has been top-drawer
809 Views - Posted: September 16 at 7:13 am

Catfish action has been good at Lake Wateree throughout the summer, but in September, the cats really begin to prowl, especially at night. Guide Rodger Taylor has learned where they’re prowling and has been making big catches of quality fish from very skinny water at night.

A fish kill took place the weekend of Sept. 6 on Lake Hartwell close to the Anderson Regional Joint Water Authority's intact facility on Six & Twenty Creek. Localized fish kill confirmed on Hartwell after chemical treatment of water
1418 Views - Posted: September 15 at 12:38 pm

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a fish kill on Lake Hartwell that took place the weekend of Sept. 6 near the water intake facility operated by the Anderson Regional Join Water Authority a few days after chemical treatments of water in an attempt to battle algae blooms believed to be responsible for poor taste and water quality that has plagued Anderson County residents this summer.

Veteran Sparkleberry Swamp angler Ken  Nutter catches most of his crappie from cypress trees along the edges of open water. No need to get lost again
86 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Many of the flooded trees in Sparkleberry Swamp are decorated with license plates, signs and paint markings, showing routes that lead to places only those who placed them know. It’s one way folks have kept their bearings in this swamp for decades, and not too long ago, it was the only way for many. This kept many newcomers out of the swamp, and has led to many boaters — both new and experienced — getting lost over the years.

Trotlines account for a lot of catfish in Sparkleberry Swamp. Fishermen are limited to one with no more than 50 hooks. Drop me a line
72 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Setting trotlines is Ken Nutter’s preferred way of catching catfish in Sparkleberry Swamp, but he warns other anglers to know the laws governing these devices. Aside from a freshwater fishing license, anglers also need to obtain a non-game fishing permit from SCDNR.

Mike Spinks’ two-hook bream rig allows fishermen to target shellcrackers on the bottom and bluegill higher in the water column. A bream doubleheader
61 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Bluegills and shellcrackers are collectively lumped into the category of bream, and these are the favorite target of many Sparkleberry Swamp anglers. Even though these are two different species of fish, they do hang out together, and anglers often catch them both in the same area, especially in shallow water.

Michael Dey, Christin McCrory and Brad Sasser, display  striped bass caught in one stop while fishing this week at Clarks Hill. Summer striper pattern still producing at Clarks Hill  Video Included
718 Views - Posted: September 09 at 7:51 pm

Catching striped and hybrid striped bass through the summer boils down to three things: location, location and location. Guide Brad Sasser of Sasser’s Guide Service in Clarks Hill said he and his partners typically pick up on the down rod/live herring bite in late May when striped bass come off their false spawning runs. It happened this spring, but this spring, the bite never seemed to let off.

Whitey Outlaw says catfish action in the Congaree River has been unbeatable in recent days. Probe Congaree River for great catfish action right now
892 Views - Posted: September 02 at 7:56 am

The Santee Cooper lakes, Marion and Moultrie, get a lot of attention for catfishing, and deservedly so. But the catfish action upstream from Lake Marion on the Congaree River is overlooked by many fishermen.

Bass like this one caught by the author are j\one of a handful of different species caught from Sparkleberry Swamp. Add a spark to September - Santee Cooper’s Sparkleberry swamp is a unique fishery for South Carolina anglers
399 Views - Posted: September 01 at 7:00 am

The headwaters of the Santee-Cooper lakes are at the convergence of the Wateree and Congaree rivers, where they empty into Sparkleberry Swamp. The 16,000 acres of flooded, moss-covered cypress trees welcome anglers, then envelope them as water seems to stretch endlessly in all directions.

Guide Sam Jones said plenty of citation-sized brown trout have been biting in Lake Jocassee in recent weeks. It's time to angle for a citation-sized Jocassee brown trout
770 Views - Posted: August 28 at 6:35 am

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Angler Recognition Program may be less than two months old, but guide Sam Jones of Jocassee Charters has already put several of his client’s names on the list with trophy brown trout – at least 5 pounds or 20 inches – from the Upstate mountain lake. 

A youth paddling clinic will be held Sept. 13 at Cheraw State Park, the same day a youth fishing clinic is scheduled for the Cheraw Fish Hatchery. Youth fishing rodeo, paddling clinic scheduled for Cheraw area
352 Views - Posted: August 22 at 1:18 pm

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and S.C. Parks of Recreation and Tourism will partner to hold a youth fishing rodeo and paddling clinic at Cheraw State Park on Sept. 13.

Guide Brad Taylor said limits of nice crappie are a real possibility on Lake Murray this month. Two patterns producing consistently good catches of Lake Murray slabs
864 Views - Posted: August 18 at 7:29 am

Catching limits of big crappie may not be an August tradition for everyone, but if you know where to look and what to do, they are ripe for the taking at Lake Murray. Guide Brad Taylor said fishing is usually consistent throughout the summer, and it’s actually a great time to catch a lot of crappie.

The flier bream is a panfish species that loves moving water and tannin-stained water, making it a perfect fish for coastal, blackwater rivers like the Combahee. Take flier on this bream
98 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

While some people refer strictly to bluegill when using the word bream, other panfish like redbreast, shellcracker, pumpkinseed and warmouth are all members of the bream family. A lesser-known member is the flier, aka fly-bream.

Chris Smoak caught this nice redfish in the lower reaches of the Combahee River, which holds both freshwater and saltwater fish — often in the same places. Trick a trout tomorrow
105 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Bob Sanders guided in the saltwater portion of the Combahee River until a stroke last winter pushed him off the water, but he still loves to talk fishing and is quick to help other anglers with any fishing details. He has valuable advice for anglers, especially when fishing for speckled trout.

Choose the correct slip cork Choose the correct slip cork
91 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

While fishing with corks may seem juvenile to some anglers, when fishing for bream, it’s a staple that should never be overlooked.