Lake Greenwood

Bass: Veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Greenwood reports that in September bass fishing should improve on Lake Greenwood, and generally more fish should be caught in 5-6 feet or less. Anglers will be able to catch fish running the banks with a buzzbait, and fish should also school better this month.

Lake Russell

Bass: Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports that in September bass will start to move shallower around points and brush piles. Drop shots and shakey heads should both work. Also look out for schooling activity across the lake, and always have a topwater lure tied on.

Striped bass: Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that this summer fish have not moved to the ends of the lake as is traditional, and in September he expects them to continue to be caught on mid-lake flats with down-lined herring.

Crappie: Guide Wendell Wilson reports that in the first part of September the crappie are likely to continue to hold around deeper brush and be a little lethargic. However, with dropping temperatures they should move onto shallower brush where they can be caught on jigs and minnows.

Catfish: Guide Jerry Kotal reports that fish should move shallower this month where they can be caught on cut herring in less than 15 feet of water.

Lake Thurmond

Bass: Tournament anglers Tyler Matthews and Josh Rockefeller report that in September buzzbaits should be really good in shallow water, and anglers should also be on the lookout for schooling activity and keep a topwater lure close. Deeper fish should also be caught on drop shots around humps and bridges.

Striper and hybrids: William Sasser Guide Service (706-589-5468) reports that in September fish should normally group back up in tighter schools and move back towards the middle of the lake. Bait will move shallower into the 10- to 15-foot range, leading to more surface activity, and fish should be found in 25-35 feet of water.

Crappie: William Sasser Guide Service reports that at the beginning of September fish are generally still holding around deeper brush, but if the weather cools they should move shallower into the 12- to 15-foot range.

Catfish: Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that in September fish will be scattered everywhere. Some will be in the backs of creeks in shallow water feeding on threadfin and gizzard shad, while some fish will be staging out on main lake humps and points in deeper water feeding on blueback herring.

Lake Wylie

Bass: Tournament angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports that September should see an improvement in shallow fishing, and this is a period when working the banks with buzzbaits and Whopper Ploppers can be productive. Schooling action should also get more widespread over the lake, and some better fish should start coming up.

Catfish: Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that during the day this month drifting mid-depths with cut bluegill is the best option, while at night anchoring with cut bait and fan-casting to a variety of depths is the best pattern.

Lake Murray

Bass: Veteran tournament angler Captain Doug Lown reports that in September fish are still stressed and suspended, but the big picture is that you generally need to make the fish come up to feed. Throwing a buzzbait until 9 or 10, or all day on cloudy days, is one possible pattern, and floating worms are also a good option in September. It remains to be seen whether fish are in typical suspended schools this month or related more to the grass.

Striped bass: Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports that in September fish will typically be found at the mouths of creeks, and it is a very good month to look out for schooling activity. Fish can also be caught on relatively shallow down-lines.

Crappie: Captain Brad Taylor reports that typically by September fish will be grouped up at the mouths of creeks or along main river ledges, and they will be sitting on brush in big numbers. Fish will be deeper down the lake than up the river.

Catfish: Captain William Attaway (803-924-0857) reports that in September fish start to relate more to the creek and river channels where they can be caught on cut bait.