Early Spring Fishing Report Well Almost Spring

Dated: 03/01/2016

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Lake Jocassee

Trout: Good. For quality fish the catch rate has overall been pretty good. Trolling in the big water 60-100 feet down with spoons and live shiners has been most effective. The intakes are still producing some fish off and on, but night fishing has slowed. Night fishermen should try suspending nightcrawlers and shiners 25 to 40 feet down near the intakes. Black Bass: Fair. Some fish will still feed in the middle of the day, but really it’s too hot to be fishing except early, late and at night. The majority of the fish seem to out in deep, open water following roaming schools of baitfish, but early and late some fish move shallower. First thing and at dusk there can be a good bite on topwater lures such as Spooks and Jitterbugs worked around points that extend out a good ways.

Lake Keowee

Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Slow. Fishing remains slow on Lake Keowee.  Early in the morning there may be a little topwater activity, but after the sun gets up anglers need to drop back and fish drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs and shakey head worms over deep structure such as points and humps.  Sporadic schooling activity may take place throughout the day as fish feed on threadfin shad, but getting these fish to bite is difficult.

Lake Hartwell

Catfish: Good. Channel catfish don’t seem to mind the heat and they continue to feed well.  Fish are scattered out across the whole lake in 15-30 feet of water, with catches of small to medium sized fish strong. Dip (stink) bait, especially Hoss’ Hog Bait, is vastly outperforming both cut bait and nightcrawlers. The best times to fish are early, late and at night.  Blue catfish have generally moved out to deeper water where they are difficult to catch in the Lake Hartwell timber, although a few have been picked up at night. Striped and Hybrid Bass: Fair. Striper and hybrid fishing remains a little off, with catch rates down from last year at this time. The best bite is still fishing around main lake points or along the edge of the main river channel over trees. Fish have not yet moved super deep, as they should by the end of the summer, and best results are coming on down lined live herring fished 35-50 feet down. Crappie: Slow. Some crappie are being caught under lights at night around deeper bridges and brush piles in 20-30 feet of water. Anglers are fishing both minnows and jigs. Daytime action is slow.

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