Columbia Fishing report

Columbia Fishing report

Midlands Area
LAKE GREENWOOD: Largemouth Bass: Fair. Try spinnerbaits, jigs, plastic worms and lizards around points and brush piles in 8 to 12 feet of water. Stripers: Fair, using live bait, herring or shad 20-25 feet deep. Also casting spoons and bucktails to schools. Some stripers being caught behind the dam. White Bass and White Perch: Good: Schools are scattered. Good results with Berry Spoons in 10 to 12 feet of water. Crappie: Good, using small to medium minnows and mini jigs over brush in 12 to 15 feet of water. Good catches of crappie along brush and bushes on the Reedy River. Catfish: Good, using redworms with a standard hook, line, sinker and cork in 6 to 8 feet of water. Bream: Fair, with redworms and crickets along shoreline structure and docks in 6 to 12 feet of water.

LAKE WATEREE: Largemouth Bass: Good, best caught with shad-like lures on points. Striped Bass: Good. Some schooling activity early morning and late afternoon. White Perch: Good, casting and jigging Twister-tail grubs and live minnows. Crappie: Excellent, best fishing with jigging around brush piles. Also in shallow water in the creeks, along edge old river channel and trolling Wow grubs, Sliders and live bait. Catfish: Good, using earthworms, nightcrawlers, shrimp, small pieces of cut bait and live shad.

LAKE MURRAY: Largemouth Bass: Fair, best fishing early in shallow water and late in deep water and some topwater schooling. Striped Bass: Good, schooling underway with best fishing from Shull Island up the lake. Try dragging free lines along banks. Early fishing is best with free lines and down fishing to 30 feet. Fishing with freelining live bait, Striper Delights. Casting bucktails with ice fly. Crappie: Good, using minnows and jigs around brush piles in 8 to 20 feet of water and casting toughie minnows and jigs. White Perch: Good, jigging with small spoons in 8 to 35 feet and using worms. Bream and shellcrackers: Good, using red-worms.

LAKE JOCASSEE: Largemouth Bass: Fair, slow retrieves with plastic worms, casting Carolina-rigged worms, and topwater plugs Good catches in the early morning. Trout: Good, trolling with Apex lures, Sutton spoons and Yozuri baits from surface to 30 feet deep. Good catches reported with crippled herring jigs in shallow water and with live minnows. Catfish: Fair, using nightcrawlers or cut bait on bottom. Bream: Fair, using redworms around banks and brush.

LAKE KEOWEE: Largemouth Bass: Excellent, Try doodling and drop-shot Carolina-rigged worms in green or red colors and jigging spoons in 30 to 50 feet of water in the mouths of creeks and off rocky points after mid-morning. Crappie: Fair. Try small minnows and jigs in 10 to 15 feet of water around brush piles and bridge pilings. Catfish: Good, using minnows, nightcrawlers and cut bait on the bottom.

LAKE HARTWELL: Largemouth Bass: Excellent, using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater lures, and Trick worms fishing off points. Best catches reported at dawn and dusk. Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good, using umbrella rigs also live herring with down-rods in deep water around river channels 15 to 30 feet deep. Trolling activity has increased, try depths of 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie: Good. Try using small and medium minnows along with small crappie jigs in 15 to 20 of water over brush and structure. Catfish: Good, using cut herring, large shiners, nightcrawlers, shrimp and chicken livers on the bottom.
Piedmont Area

LAKE RUSSELL: Yellow Perch: Good. Try fishing deep with medium minnows and jigging spoons. Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good, early morning with bucktails, cut, live herring and jigs especially when water is running below dam. White Bass: Very Good, using bucktails, spinners and live bait below dam. Crappie: Excellent, using minnows around brush piles and bridge pilings. Also try fishing jigs along banks with cover. Catfish: Good, using cut bait and nightcrawlers on the bottom. Bream: Good, using red wigglers, pinks, crickets and nightcrawlers.

LAKE THURMOND: Largemouth Bass: Fair, casting deep-running Rebels, ShadRaps, plastic worms, CountDown lures. Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good, using Little Cleos, Berry Spoons, ½ ounce yellow and white RoadRunners with bucktails and KastMasters around the dam in 30 to 50 feet of water. Also, try large minnows and live herring. Crappie: Good, using small minnows and jigs around deep brush tops. Limits are being caught. Catfish: Good, using cut bait and nightcrawlers fishing on the bottom.

LAKE WYLIE: Largemouth Bass: Good, casting Carolina-rigged worms and plastic crawfish jigs along shallow points and banks. Topwater plugs good late afternoon and early morning. White Bass: Excellent, below the dam casting smaller bucktails and spoons, improved. Crappie: Good, using small minnows and jigs around brush tops in 12 to 20 feet of water. Catfish: Good, fishing on the bottom with a variety of baits. Shellcrackers: Try using redworms and crickets on the bottom.

Santee Cooper System
LAKE MARION: Largemouth Bass: Good, using artificial worms, and bucktails fishing along the banks and point early in the morning. Striped Bass: Excellent, using live shiner with down rods in 25 feet of water. Crappie: Good, Try using small and medium minnows over deep brush piles, bridge pilings and piers. Catfish: Excellent, use live shiners, cut shad, and herring off bottom drifting in deep water and at night in shallow water. Bream and Shellcrackers: Good, using redworms, crickets and waxworms in 4 to 6 feet of water and fishing shallow.

LAKE MOULTRIE: Largemouth Bass: Fair, cast spinnerbaits, plastic worms and lizards along docks and structure. Also cast Rattletraps and Rapala lures around Pinopolis Point and Old Hatchery. Striped Bass: Fair, casting and trolling. Crappie: Good, using small to medium minnows and Beetlespins around fish attraction areas and brush piles. Catfish: Good, using cut shad, herring, menhaden, mullet, live large shiners and nightcrawlers 35 to 50 feet deep on bottom. Bream: Fair. Try using crickets, redworms, and small minnows, around manmade fish attractors, crappie beds and around the dam around grates at powerhouse.


APACHE (MYRTLE BEACH NORTH): Pier and bait Shop open 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Some shark and skates, but reported slow. Some whiting caught with shrimp.

SPRINGMAID (MYRTLE BEACH): Pier is open 6 a.m. to midnight. Tackle shop open 6 a.m. to 11 pm. Whiting caught with regular shrimp, otherwise slow.

MYRTLE BEACH STATE PARK (MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH): Open 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Whiting with cut bait.
GARDEN CITY: Open 24 hours. Slow fishing, but some whiting caught with shrimp.

Open 6 a.m. to midnight with free parking and fishing. Visitors also enjoy great bird watching. A Freshwater Fishing License is required due to brackish water. A second fishing pier on Winyah Bay has now opened called Hobcaw Point Observation and Fishing Pier. Slow activity reported.

FOLLY BEACH: Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. April through October. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Nov. Open 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. Dec. through Jan. Slow activity.

HUNTING ISLAND STATE PARK FISHING: Pier is open 24 hours. The Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues. though Sat. Slow activity.

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