Bass: Veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Greenwood reports that in July there should be a topwater bite first thing in shallow water, but during the heat of the day fish should be caught deep in 15-20 feet of water on worms.
Bass: Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports that bass should move deeper in July, and if temperatures do what they are expected to do the fishing should improve as schools tighten up. Fishing with deep running crankbaits or plastics worms around deep structure up to 40 or more feet down will be the best pattern.
Striped bass: Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that in July the striper should be catchable on both ends of the lake, with free-lining working in the upper lake and down-lines working in the lower lake.
Crappie: Guide Wendell Wilson reports that fish should move into deeper brush in July, and the fish may start to shift out of the creeks and into the main lake. They will be caught on jigs and minnows.
Catfish: Guide Jerry Kotal reports that fish should do in July what they were expected to do in June, assuming water temperatures warm continue to warm. Fish should be caught in 15-25 feet of water on cut herring.
Bass: Tournament angler Josh Rockefeller of Augusta reports that in July he expects a buzzbait to continue to be the best way to catch quality fish, while numbers of fish can be caught deeper over humps and around brush on worms or jigs.
Striper and hybrids: William Sasser Guide Service (706-589-5468) reports that in July fish should move out even deeper into 40-60 feet of water and be caught on down-lined herring.
Crappie: William Sasser Guide Service reports that cooler weather kept crappie shallower than usual in June, but this month they should be found around brush that sits in 20-25 feet of water. Anchoring and then fishing vertically with minnows is usually the best pattern.
Catfish: Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the best fishing in July will again be in the early morning or late evening. Anchoring on humps and points and fishing with cut bait at a variety of depths is the best bet.
Bass: Veteran tournament angler Captain Doug Lown reports that in July the best times to fish are early and late, when fish are most likely to feed. You can fish topwater baits shallow either time. During the day fish will remain oriented to the grass during July, and fishing worms in deeper water around the various types of weed is the best bet. The river offers another option where shallow cover can be fishable even during the day.
Striped bass: Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports that this month fish the free-line bite should die off and fish will go deeper. They will be caught on down-lined live herring as deep as 60-plus feet, and by about the third week of July the vast majority of the fish will have left the middle section of the lake, and almost everything will be in the lower pool.
Crappie: Captain Brad Taylor reports that fish will continue to hold around brush in July, but instead of being found at the mouths of creek they should group up on the main run. The mid-lake should be a good section to fish with minnows and jigs.
Catfish: Captain William Attaway (803-924-0857) reports that both because of feeding patterns and boat traffic, the night bite will be much better during July. Dip baits and a variety of cut bait will catch fish in shallow water.
Bass: Guide Brad Fowler reports that typically in July fish will be caught on drop shots and shakey heads around deep brush piles, but high-water levels seem to be keeping fish shallower than usual this summer. While there are certainly fish deeper there are also a large number of fish that can be caught shallow on topwater lures or soft plastics.
Striper and hybrids: Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports that early in July fish should continue to be caught on down-lines in 30-35 feet of water, but as it gets warmer, they will move into the same areas in 50-75 feet.
Crappie: Captain Bill Plumley reports that in July fish should be found suspended over deep water 18-25 feet down in 40-50 feet of water. They will mostly be over open water, although there will also be some fish found in the creeks at night around deeper bridges.
Catfish: Captain Bill Plumley reports that during July channel catfish will bite well in less than 20 feet of water on a variety of baits including cut herring and nightcrawlers.