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Bream & Crappie: Fair
Crappie: On warm days some fish can be caught, but on cold days there is very little fishing activity. On warm days fish are moving towards the creeks, and they can be caught as shallow as 3-4 feet around trees and the edges of grass – particularly early and late. Fish are not spawning yet but they are getting ready to. On cooler days the best bet is to stick to the middle of creeks in 10-12 feet of water and fish minnows and jigs 8-12 feet down. Some people are drifting and tight-lining, but the most popular technique is to anchor down and throw out bobbers.
Bream: Only a few shellcracker are being caught right now.
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Before the recent cold snap some nice fish had started to move up shallow, but the cold weather likely pushed those fish back out (as also happened around the ice storm). If the weather cooperates fish should be moving up shallow into areas where they will be bedding, such as lily pads in a couple of feet of water. Soft plastics including Senkos and Zoom Magnum Finesse worms are a good bet, and shallow running crankbaits should also work well.
There is some limited success in Lake Marion drifting middle depths from 22-26 feet of water, but after the water temperatures dropped that bite cooled off. Some shallow water bite has been reported from time to time, but it is not yet consistent in the traditional early spring spots.
Striped Bass: Fair
Heavily stained water typically limits the striper bite, except for anglers using cut bait and particularly cut herring. The water was clearing before the recent rain but the inflow may increase turbidity again.
In Santee Cooper - October 1st through May 31st, it is unlawful to take or possess more than 3 striped bass a day or to possess a striped bass less than 26 inches in total length. Game fish must be landed with head and tail fin intact.
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....