STATE FISHING This week’s fishing report from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources:
Murrells Inlet | Nice flounder were reported to be taking mud minnows and cut shrimp. Winter trout on live shrimp and fiddler crabs.
Charleston area | Red drum activity is picking up. Sheepshead and black sea bass are very good at the jetties and other structures. Use fiddlers and live shrimp. Flounder can be found in shallow inlets using mud minnows and grubs. Summer Trout caught on live shrimp.
Murrells Inlet | Tuna, wahoo and king mackerel were reported to be biting in the Gulf Stream. Snapper, grouper and a few amberjack are good. Catches of black sea bass are still good. Fish over live bottoms and structures. Use squid and cigar minnows. Some wahoo and blackfin tuna were caught past the 300 line in the Gulf Stream. Good catches of Yellowfin tuna trolling with ballyhoo. Some king mackerel caught, offshore only.
Charleston area | Georgetown Hole and the Southwest Banks are yielding nice wahoo, dolphin and blackfin. Troll with ballyhoo. Black sea bass are still good over reefs and live bottoms. Snapper and grouper are good off ledges around 180-feet deep. Use cut bait or squid. Also good off-shore catches of blue marlin, dolphin, wahoo, sailfish and white marlin.
Lake Marion | Largemouth Bass: Good, using artificial worms, Carolina rigs and bucktails fishing along banks and points, especially in morning. Striped Bass: Slow, try using live shiners with down-rods in 25 feet of water and trolling with red-head Rebels. Some schooling reported and catches with topwater lures. White Perch: Slow, try jigging off bottom with Hopkins spoons. Crappie: Good, using small and medium minnows over deep brush piles, bridge pilings and piers. Catfish: Excellent, using cut shad, herring and shiners off bottom in deep water and at night in shallow water. Bream and Shellcrackers: Excellent, using redworms and crickets in 4 to 6 feet of water and fishing shallow in river channel.
Lake Moultrie | Largemouth Bass: Good, casting spinnerbaits, plastic worms and lizards along docks and structure. Also, casting Rattletraps and Rapala lures around Pinopolis point and Old Hatchery. Striped Bass: Good, casting and trolling Stretch-25s early morning. Fish are starting to school. Crappie: Fair, using crickets, small to medium minnows and Beetlespins around fish attraction areas and brush piles. Catfish: Good, using cut herring, menhaden (which are schooling), chicken livers and shiners 10 to 20 feet deep near the bottom along dike edges and around the dam. Bream: Good, using crickets and redworms around fish crappie beds. Shellcrackers: Good, using crickets and redworms along the banks in river runs and along points.