Lake Jocassee
Black Bass: Slow to fair. Veteran angler Captain Pat Bennett reports that small bass can be caught around shallow cover on soft plastic worms. Fish can be found around waterfalls but boat traffic is heavy in those areas at times. Bigger fish are well into their summertime habits of staying offshore and they are focused on roaming schools of baitfish. Bass can be caught by anglers who get on the water very early or fish in the late evening or at night. Fish may be found suspended off main lake points about 20 feet down, and they may be over water as deep as 90 feet or more. Topwaters, swim baits and Carolina rigs can all catch fish. Don't overlook pulling Carolina rigs across main lake humps in the 22-30 foot depth range.
Lake Keowee
Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair to good. Guide Brad Fowler reports that pretty good numbers of Lake Keowee bass are being caught right now. Early in the morning fish are feeding well on topwater lures over shallow, rocky points, and later in the day fish are being caught on Carolina rigs, drop shot rigs and shakey head worms. Fish in 18-30 feet of water around depth changes and rock. The best bite has been switching back and forth between the upper and lower lake, but fish can be caught all over the lake. A lot of water has been running recently.
Lake Hartwell
Black Bass: Tough. Guide Brad Fowler reports that with water levels so high fish are very spread out and finding them has been difficult for most anglers. Typically at this time of year a lot of fish can be found suspended well out from main lake points in 40-60 feet of water where they are susceptible to flukes, Spooks, and swimbaits fished near the surface, but right now that bite is very sporadic. The best bet may be junk fishing around shallow cover and trying to locate fish.
Crappie: Slow. Captain Bill Plumley reports that crappie may be caught around brush in 20-25 feet of water on minnows and jigs. It's also a good time to target bridges.
Piedmont Area
Lake Russell
Striped bass: Fair. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that striper are still scattered, with fish being caught in the mid-lake area but also in the cooler water at the upper end of the lake. The best pattern has been fishing down lines about 25 feet deep off main lake points.
Crappie: Fair. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that daytime crappie fishing has improved a bit, and fish are being caught around brushpiles 20-25 feet deep just off the bottom. The depth range is the key and there has been no particular part of the lake producing best. At night there continues to be some good fishing with minnows under lights about 15-20 feet down.
Lake Thurmond
Crappie: Good. Captain William Sasser reports that crappie are in the main channels about 20 feet down in about 25 feet of water over brush. Don't bother looking in the very backs, but fish are also not super deep yet because water temperatures have stayed mild - especially ten feet down - which probably accounts for the strong bite. The Georgia Little River has been very productive.
Black bass: Slow to fair. Buckeye Lures in Augusta reports that bass fishing remains slow on the lake, and the best pattern is now dragging soft plastics or Mop Jigs around deep humps and points. Concentrate on 10-20 feet of water. Early in the morning there is some topwater activity, and with high water levels more fish remain shallow in the bank grass and brush that grew up when the lake levels were down than usual.
Lake Wylie
Largemouth Bass: Fair. FLW Professional and Guide Matt Arey reports that the best bite remains offshore, but as the summer wears on Lake Wylie is small enough that the offshore bite gets tougher as fish get hammered repeatedly. Offshore fish can be caught around humps, bridges and underwater points with swimbaits, drop shot rigs, DD-22s, and football head jigs. There is also a decent bream bed bite around the new and full moons, and at times bass can be found cruising in packs and targeting spawning bream around docks and in the backs of sandy coves. Prop baits, swimbaits and weightless Senkos will all catch fish. Right now the shallow bite is above average due to high water levels which scatter the deep fish and bring more fish shallow. The river, often too shallow to fish in the summer, can be strong with good water levels. Try throwing frogs around undercut banks.
Midlands Area
Lake Greenwood
Largemouth Bass: Fair. Veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reports that bass fishing is far from easy on Lake Greenwood, but some very large sacks have been caught recently. The best pattern has been fishing crankbaits, big worms and jigs deep in the 18 foot range around brushpiles. Early in the morning some nice fish are also being caught on Pop-Rs and floating worms fished shallow.
Lake Monticello
Catfish: Good. Captain Chris Simpson reports that he is catching fish in the range of 5-40 feet right now, but in the next couple of weeks deep humps with current flowing over them should be ideal spots to locate big, aggressive fish. There have been fish deep for some time, but they have not been feeding as well as the shallower fish. For now the backs of coves and humps and points have been most productive, and drifting or anchoring have both been working. Big cut gizzard shad and white perch are working for big fish, and if you want to put any size fish in the boat small cut herring is tough to beat.
Lake Wateree
Largemouth Bass: Fair. Guide Dearal Rodgers reports that the water level at Wateree has been moving up and down quite a bit. He has found good bites in the 15-20 foot range when the water is falling on deeper spots in the main lake. With the rising water, some bites are happening shallower off of main lake pockets in the 5-8 foot range. For deeper fishing Dearal suggests throwing bigger baits due to the stained water color. The Buckeye Mop jig is working well with its live rubber and a chartreuse Stike King 6XD is also getting bites. For the pockets, jigs and ol' monster worms around docks with brush seem to be the trick.
Lake Murray
Crappie: Slow to fair. Captain Brad Taylor reports that crappie are in a typical summer pattern and can be found around deep brush in 20-25 feet of water, or deeper. Most fish will be relating to the main channel and fishing minnows vertically has been most effective.
Largemouth bass: Day to day. Veteran tournament angler Captain Doug Lown reports that largemouth bass are in a fairly typical summer pattern where the first few hours of the day can be worth fishing but after about 10:30 the bite dies. The bite has been off and on, with fish feeding decently one day then very little the next. Because there has been so much rain SCE&G has been pulling a lot of water and current has been present, and consequently fish don't seem to be suspending as much as in the last couple of summers. When current is present fish are more likely to be relating to the bottom and structure. Perhaps because water levels have been relatively high and the water has been stained, the best bite, particularly for larger fish, has often come shallow. Casting buzzbaits around the bank has been a productive pattern early in the day and at times anglers have also had success flipping worms or jigs at relatively shallow docks.
Santee Cooper System
Largemouth bass: Slow to fair. Captain Jimmie Hair reports that early and late has seen the best bite in the lakes. Early in the morning a few fish can be caught around lily pads even as shallow as 1-3 feet deep on frogs, but there is a very narrow window for this bite. When the sun is up some fish can be caught on Senkos and plastic worms fishing in the shade around cypress trees. The bite in the Cooper River has been decent for good fish, and throwing topwater lures where water is coming out of the rice fields on the outgoing tide has worked pretty well. Baby Torpedoes and Pop-Rs have both been productive, and Zoom Magnum Finesse worms in black and blue, green pumpkin and watermelon seed have also caught some fish in the same areas.
Little River
Cherry Grove Pier reports that fishing off the pier has been decent with flounder, whiting, Spanish mackerel and some sheepshead caught recently as well as occasional king mackerel.
Grand Strand
Spottail bass: Good. Perry's reports the best inshore redfishing is either side of low tide around oyster shells, feeder creeks and depressions. Live mud minnows, live finger mullet, live shrimp and a variety of artificial lures will all work. The best redfish action has been found around the jetties. Bull drum are not being caught at the jetties, but lots of smaller fish are available.
Flounder: Fair to good. Perry's reports that flounder fishing has slowed a bit inshore, but there have been some good catches out at the Murrell's Inlet Jetties. The most popular inshore method is drifting/ trolling and holding two rods each set up with a double mud minnow tandem rig. There are also some people catching fish anchoring, casting and reeling the same rig or a plain Carolina rigged minnow.
Trout: Good. Haddrell's reports that trout are still eating live shrimp and minnows fished under a popping float along shell rakes near the inlets in 3-6ft of water. The VuDu Shrimp has been a good artificial lure choice.
Flounder: Good. Haddrell's reports that flounder catches have been very solid using live minnows and live mullet around the edges of rock piles and creek mouths. Zman PaddlerZ have also been working.
Beaufort - Hilton Head
Trout: Good. Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort reports that trout are feeding around points with about four feet of water in the middle hours of the tide cycle when water is moving. Mud minnows are working as well as anything. There has also been good fishing on slower parts of the tide cycle (around high and low) up the creeks around trees that have fallen into the water. Casting jigs has been working well in these areas.