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 remain in fairly tight, deep schools in August. Fishing with deep-running crankbaits or plastics worms around deep structure will be the best pattern.
Striped bass: Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that this August they are expecting a better bite for striped bass on the lower end of the lake with down-lines. If they start pulling more water from the Hartwell dam then cool conditions on the upper end of the lake could draw striper to that area.
Crappie: Guide Wendell Wilson reports that fish will stay on deeper brush in August, but they will head for cooler water if the creeks get too warm. They will be caught on jigs and minnows.
Catfish: Guide Jerry Kotal reports that fish can be caught this month in 15-25 feet of water on cut herring.
Bass: Tournament anglers Tyler Matthews and Josh Rockefeller report that in August fish can be caught shallow on buzzbaits and frogs, but there will also be deeper fish caught around humps and offshore brush on soft plastics.
Striper and hybrids: William Sasser Guide Service (706-589-5468) reports that in August fish should stay very deep where they will be caught on down-lined herring in 50-60 plus feet of water. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that in the mid-lake section fish will be caught on the same techniques but you should be able to fish shallower.
Crappie: William Sasser Guide Service reports that there is traditionally very little fishing activity for crappie in the heat of August, but fish are most likely around deep brush where they can be caught on minnows.
Catfish: Captain Chris Simpson reports that in August fish will continue to move shallower early and late and deeper during the heat of the day. Fan-casting baits at a variety of depths is the best pattern.