Stripers, hybrids, crappie and white perch are being caught in relatively good numbers at Lake Thurmond.
Formerly named Clarks Hill Reservoir, the lake is located on the South Carolina-Georgia line, north of Augusta.
Its most popular fish, striped bass and hybrids, have moved into the major feeder creeks and are being found fairly shallow. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources rates the action for them on Thurmond as “good,” especially for anglers trolling live baits under planer boards.
The Amity area and waters just below the uplake Russell Dam appear to be producing best.
Thurmond’s white perch also are concentrated at the head of the lake in big schools and are said to be of excellent size.
The crappie are in the backs of coves, suspended 15-18 feet down over brush that is in 20-25 feet of water.
Lake Norman: Very good for largemouth and spotted bass on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and jigs worked around sunken brush and rocky areas. Fair for striped bass – with white perch mixed in – 40 feet deep in the Mountain Creek arm and Skipper’s Cove on live baits. Some striper surface schooling is taking place. Continuing fair for crappie 15-20 feet deep, mainly on minnows.
Lake Wylie: Good for a mix of blue, channel and flathead catfish on cut baits around deep flats and at the mouths of major creeks. Fair for crappie 10-20 feet down around boat docks and brush, mainly on minnows.
Mountain Island Lake: Fair-to-good for crappie on minnows around bridges, brush and docks.
Cane Creek Park Lake: Very good for crappie on minnows.
Yadkin/Pee Dee River Lakes: Continuing good for crappie at Badin, Tillery and Blewett Falls on minnows and Kalin jigs. Fair for crappie at the others, High Rock and Tuckertown.
Lakes James, Rhodhiss, Hickory: Continuing fair-to-good for smallmouth bass on shiners at James. Little activity at Rhodhiss. Striped bass to 9 pounds on live baits free-lined along the main channel at Hickory.
Fontana Lake: No report.
Lake Wateree: Good for largemouth on crankbaits, jigs worked around rocky shoreline and docks.
Lake Murray: Fair to good for striped bass uplake above Dreher Island on drift-fished live herring and trolled bucktails. There are signs the stripers are starting up the rivers. Good for catfish, mainly channel cats, on cut baits fished around humps 30-50 feet deep.
Santee Cooper Lakes: Good for crappie 30-40 feet deep around cover in the upper lake, Marion. Fair for schooling stripers on topwater lures, spoons and live herring. The stripers mostly are small, and few of keeper size are being caught. Good for bream 12-16 feet deep along the shoreline of the Diversion Canal between lakes Marion and Moultrie.
Lake Hartwell: Fair for largemouth and spotted bass around standing timber 15-50 feet deep on soft plastic lures. Fair-to-good for crappie and white perch on minnows. Slow-to-fair for stripers, hybrids 30 feet deep in the creeks.
Lake Keowee: Fair for largemouth and spotted bass 15-20 feet deep on drop-shot rigs, flukes. Some surface schooling noted and Zara Spook lures cast to the jumps are working well.
Lake Jocassee: Continuing fair for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Little action for trout because of discolored water caused by rains.
Outer Banks: Nags Head area: Puppy drum in the Avalon surf; Oregon Inlet: Little activity; Hatteras Island: Puppy drum in the surf from Avon to Hatteras Village, where small flounder also are being caught; Ocracoke Island: No report; Morehead City area: No report.
Southeast Coast: Speckled trout in marshy backwaters with the Lockwood Folly River producing best.
S.C. Coast: Little River area: A few croaker and whiting; Grand Strand area: Little activity; Charleston area: Reds, or spottails, around docks in the backwaters on cracked blue crab and mullet. Blackfin tuna offshore over 140-240 feet of water; Beaufort/Hilton Head area: Very aggressive reds in large schools on the backwater flats.
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