Trout: Good. Captain Steve Pietrykowski reports that Lake Jocassee trout fishing remains pretty strong. The best bite has actually been taking place mid-morning of early afternoon and the bite very early has not been as good. Fish have been feeding best in the 50-70 foot deep range, and trolling both spoons and live bait at speeds less than two miles per hour is working. Whether spoons or shiners/ herring work better has varied from day to day.
Lake Keowee: (unchanged from Aug. 1)
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.
Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that striper fishing has been a bit erratic, but he has also had some of his best days recently. The main pattern has been down-lining live herring 40-80 feet deep around points on the main channel, and his boat has caught extremely good numbers of 10+ pound fish recently.
Catfish: Good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that blue catfish remain in the deep timber where they are difficult to target, but channel catfish are feeding well in water as shallow as 3 or 4 feet and as deep as 30 or 40 feet. Worms, stink bait and cut herring are all working in the creeks, main lake, or pockets at the right depth range. Lake Hartwell also has some huge flatheads, and to target flathead catfish anchor live bait around brush or stick-ups in 3-20 feet of water during low light conditions or at night. The best spots are on relatively shallow flats or humps but are adjacent to deep water.
Catfish: Good to very good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that the catfish bite continues to be strong, with fish caught anchoring off points in 6-10 feet of water. Catalpa worms, stink bait and cut herring are all catching fish.
Black Bass: Good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that high water levels have not hurt the fishing, and drop shotting with worms or live minnows/ shad around brush piles about 20 feet deep has been a strong pattern. Spotted bass are also taking a Spot Remover fished off main lake points in 12-15 feet of water. With water levels up the best largemouth bass pattern has been going way up the creeks and fishing soft plastics around wood cover. The Rocky River, Beaverdam and Coldwater have been most productive.
Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good. Captain William Sasser reports that around daylight hybrids can be found on the bottom on shoals and underwater islands/ points in about 30 feet of water. If you find the right spots you will find lots of hybrids willing to eat live herring. Striper can be found 50-60 feet down over 70-80 feet of water. Even though it is late in the summer water temperatures warmed so slowly that fish are in early summer mode and feeding very well.
Catfish: Fair. Captain Rodger Taylor reports that he is catching a mix of blues and channels, with the best fishing on the north side of offshore humps. Fish are holding deep, sometimes in the riverbed itself, and the 30-40 foot range has been productive mid-lake. The bite for very large fish is hit or miss but there is always the chance to catch a giant under the cover darkness.
Catfish: Good to very good. Captain Chris Simpson reports that channel catfish are biting very well on Lake Greenwood right now. Drifting in and out of the creeks with shrimp, herring, bream and shad in 5 to 20 feet is working well. Anchoring and fishing with shrimp and stinkbait on humps and points is also good. A good number of flatheads are also being caught at night around points on live bait.
Lake Monticello: (unchanged from Aug. 1)
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.
Catfish: Good. Captain Rodger Taylor reports that a typical summer pattern involves drifting or anchoring on the flats in 9-12 feet of water with cut bait. Recently his boat has caught lots of nice 4-6 pound blue cats, and this is traditionally an excellent time to catch a mess of eating size catfish Cut white perch and shad are both equally strong baits.
Crappie: Fair to good. Veteran tournament angler Will Hinson reports that water levels have never gotten very hot and so crappie have stayed on mid-depth brush in the 11-18 foot range. Fish can be found from one end of the lake to the other, with some fish in the creeks but most out on the main lake. Early in the day fish will be suspended in the top of the brush, but after 9:30 or 10:00 they will be deeper in the brush. Bridges have also been producing fish. Fish Stalker jigs in most any color have been catching fish, but Ugly Green and yellow and black flake have been working very well. Minnows will also catch fish.
Striped bass: Good. Lake World reports that striper have moved into a typical summer pattern. Most of the fish will be found from the mid-lake to the dam, with a large number of fish grouped up in the big pool on the lower end. The most successful pattern has been down-lining live herring 40-90 feet deep over deep water. Some anglers are also having success trolling plugs on downriggers or lead core line, especially at night. Very little schooling activity has been reported and cut bait has picked up some striper as well as catfish. Captain Brad Taylor concurs and reports that most of his fishing has also been in the big pool on the lower end of the lake. He is getting the most action fishing down lines 60-80 feet deep in 100-120 feet of water for fish suspended over the main channel.
Catfish: Good. Captain Chris Simpson reports that the channel cat bite remains consistent. Anchoring on main lake humps and points and fishing in 10 to 20 feet has been the most productive pattern for Captain Chris. Herring, shrimp and stinkbait are working well. If you don't get bit in 30 minutes then move to the next spot.
Santee Cooper System
Catfish: Fair. Captain Jim Glenn reports that when water has been flowing through the canal and creating current the catfish bite in the canal has been good. Outside of the canal the bite can best be characterized as fairly slow on Lake Moultrie, even at night which is traditionally good in the summer. There have been reports of some shallow water success on Lake Marion recently. Fishing in the Santee River should improve once more water drains from the swamp and the river returns to normal level. Overall, the best bet may be drifting with cut bait and covering a range of depths, including shallow and deep water.
Cherry Grove Pier reports a few weakfish, spot, pompano, spadefish and little snapper have been caught, and a few folks targeting sheepshead have been having success.
Surf and Pier: Perry's reports that blues, whiting and some pompanos have been caught. At the jetties sheepshead fishing has been good.
Nearshore: Perry's reports that a few king mackerel and Spanish have been caught at the reefs. Cobia have also been around.
Spottail bass: Good. Haddrell's reports that redfish are still very structure oriented around low tide, and on higher tides they are tailing well in the grass. Bull reds are being caught around the jetties and inlets.
Tarpon: Good. Haddrell's reports that tarpon have finally started to show themselves in good numbers around the inlets, with large mullet and menhaden being the baits of choice.
Beaufort - Hilton Head
Spottail bass: Fair. Captain Dan "Fishin' Coach" Utley reports that things are starting to settle down but on the recent very high tides the water was muddy (in combination with the rain) and the best bet was fishing for tailing redfish on high tides. Gold spoons, crab pattern flies and pieces of cut mullet will all catch tailing spottails.
Tarpon: Captain Dan "Fishin' Coach" Utley reports that more tarpon continue to show up in the Port Royal Sound and in the Chechessee River. Coach suggests fishing dead baits such as mullet or menhaden on the bottom in live bottom areas of the Port Royal Sound. Additionally, when bait is moving over the top of sandbars fishing live mullet or menhaden on the top on the incoming and outgoing tide can be productive.