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Bream & Crappie: Fair
Crappie: The up-and-down water temperatures have kept the fish from really ganging up on the brushpiles yet, although around the right brush his boat has been catching solid numbers of crappie on some trips. For now look for fish over the top of brush in 12-18 feet of water, and expect the bite to get better as water conditions stabilize. Minnows are the best bet. DHEC fish advisories: Largemouth bass and bowfin (mudfish) should only be eaten once per week.
Bream: Everything with bream this time of year is water temperature (and moon phase) dependent, and because water temperatures recently dropped 6-8 degrees the season was delayed. A few shellcracker are up shallow, but the majority of the shellcracker and almost all of the bluegill are out a little deeper. Some fish are holding in ditches and around humps, and others are around brushpiles suspended about 10 feet down in 20 feet of water. Fish should move up to spawn very, very soon – expect a good wave around the next new moon on May 28 if not before.
Largemouth Bass: Fair - Good
Bass have concluded the spawn, but they have not moved into a true summer pattern yet. For now the best pattern is to fish around the cypress trees with soft plastics, although the influx of freshwater slowed down this bite. The tree bite has been a little better in Lake Marion (home to more cypress trees) than Moultrie.
The bite has been somewhat inconsistent for the past couple of weeks. Shallow areas have produced fish in parts of both lake, particularly wind blown shallow areas, but the shallow areas have not been quite as good as expected for this time of year both during the day and at night. Jim has had better luck drift fishing with cut bait in 24-28 feet of water, and there have also been some good reports anchoring along the edge of the river channel in the upper lake at about the same depth.
Striped Bass: Closed
Striped bass fishing is closed until Oct 1
In Santee Cooper -From June 1st to September 30th, it is unlawful to take, attempt to take, or to possess striped bass. Striped bass taken must be returned immediately to the waters from where it came.
Up to date fishing information for freshwater fishing in lakes Jocassee, Keowee, Hartwell, Russell, Thurmond, Wylie, Greenwood, Monticello, Wateree & Murray.
Winter is prime time to catch a giant blue catfish. "Big blues actually become more aggressive once the water temperature dips below 40 degrees," says Jim Moyer, a veteran guide from Clarksville, Tenn., who has bagged cats close to 80 pounds during winter. "I've had fast action on monster blues in water as cold as 35 degrees." Here's his plan:
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Brown trout are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts and the brook trout is the most sensitive to temperature....