Lake Greenwood water levels are at 434.92 (full pool is 440.0) and water temperatures are around 50 degrees but rising. The lake is clearing but still dirty in places.
Lake Greenwood bass fishing has been pretty tough, but veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda expects that the recent spell of warm weather should make the fish more active. The best pattern remains fishing crankbaits in shallow, rocky areas, but some fish are also starting to be caught throwing Alabama rigs or spinnerbaits around docks. When water temperatures reach the low to mid-50s spinnerbaits should get good.
As dirty as the lake has been Stan has not seen or heard of much deep activity.
Lake Russell water levels are around 474.75 (full pool is 475.00) and water temperatures are in the upper 50s. The main lake is pretty clear but the backs are stained.
Recently Lake Russell bass fishing has not looked much like it has for the past month or more. But for now Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports that fish are very shallow, and he has been catching largemouth and spots in 2-3 feet of water on Carolina rigs, jigs and spinnerbaits. The backs of creeks have seen a lot of largemouth caught. Jerry notes that a few fish can still be caught deeper on drop shots in 20-25 feet of water, and more fish should be out there again soon.
Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) has also found good action relatively shallow, and on shallow points they have been catching fish on worms. Off the sides of points in 8-12 feet of water they have been catching fish on shakey heads, and then in 10-20 feet a drop shot rig has been working.
Wendell reports that in the mid-lake area they have been catching striped bass and hybrids that are suspended about 20-30 feet down over timber in 50-60 feet of water. Free lines with herring and medium shiners, as well as Alabama rigs, are catching fish.
Crappie are on the move and staging up with the warm temperatures, and for most of the week they have been suspended about 6-8 feet down in the backs of creeks in about 20 feet of water. Long-line trolling with jigs has been working well for fish suspended high in the water column. Jerry thinks that soon there could even be some crappie on the banks, although the cold should push them deeper soon.
Lake Thurmond water levels are down to 326.49 (full pool is 330.00) while water temperatures have risen to the upper 50s. Creeks and up the lake are more stained while the lower lake is clearer.
Rising temperatures have made for a good bass bite recently, and tournament angler Tyler Matthews of Evans, Georgia, reports that he has been finding fish in a couple of different patterns. Overnight it seems that fish are wanting to get near heat-holding rock, and first thing until about 10:30 he is finding them around any area (points, banks, pockets, etc.) that has rock. The depth range has been about 2-12 feet. He is fishing shakey heads and Sleds, and up the lake in dirtier water he is using a black and blue Speed Craw trailer with the Sled while down the lake he is using green pumpkin.
After the sun gets up and the water warms, Tyler is finding fish throwing square-billed crankbaits and Rattle Traps into pockets. Up the lake he is throwing red baits, and down the lake in the clearer water he is throwing more natural silver or white colors. If a pocket does not have hydrilla Tyler is not finding fish.
Recently Tyler found some fish schooling in very shallow water, and all they would eat was a silver spoon with a feathered treble hook.
Warm weather has completely changed the striper and hybrid bite, and William Sasser Guide Service (864-333-2000) reports that down-line fishing is all but gone. Fish have scattered out in the creeks in 5-20 feet of water, and pulling free-lines and planer boards is the best way to target them. Work the edges of the creeks from the mouth to the back and then double back out to the front. Although the extreme lower end is pretty dead there are fish in most of the creeks, with the South Carolina Little River, Wells Creek and Hawes Creek the best areas.
The crappie have also gone shallower, and William Sasser Guide Service reports that they are catching crappie trolling in the backs of creeks with jigs. Pulling baits along the edges in 6-8 feet of water near the bottom has been the best pattern.