Lake Murray Fishing Report Reviewed by Momizat on . Lake Murray is at 357.5. Bream: Very good.  Lake World (803-957-6548) reports that bream fishing is still very strong.  The best bluegill have been found surpri Lake Murray is at 357.5. Bream: Very good.  Lake World (803-957-6548) reports that bream fishing is still very strong.  The best bluegill have been found surpri Rating: 0
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Lake Murray Fishing Report

Lake Murray is at 357.5.

Bream: Very good.  Lake World (803-957-6548) reports that bream fishing is still very strong.  The best bluegill have been found surprisingly deep in 15-20 feet of water, while good shellcracker have been caught shallower in 4-12 feet of water.  Small to medium-sized bream can be caught around the banks.

Catfish: Fair to good.  Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the spawn is still affecting the bite a little, and he hopes that the final wave of the spawn will take place this week and then it will be finished for the year.  The best pattern is anchoring on points and humps and fan-casting to depths of 3-30 feet with dip baits and shrimp.  If you want to increase your chances of catching a big blue, the biggest channels or bonus striper anchor on deep, main lake humps and fish cut or live bait, but numbers will not be as good as in the shallows.   Reports also indicate that nighttime is becoming a bit more productive than daytime fishing, and it is certainly a good way to avoid the heat and the heaviest boat traffic.  Be safe if fishing at night.

Striped bass: Fair to good.  Lake World reports that striper have generally moved into the big pool at the lower end of the lake, and right now there is lots of tower fishing with down-lines in 35-60 feet of water.   Trolling has also been strong with plugs at the same depths.  Report indicate that night fishing is picking up.

Crappie: Fair.  Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports that he is catching fish around main-lake brush in about 20 feet of water.  The best pattern has been dropping minnows down about 10-12 feet and fishing the brush vertically.  Mid-lake has been most productive so far.

Largemouth bass:  Slow to fair.  Lake World reports that bass fishing seems to be entering into a bit of a traditional summer slowdown on Lake Murray.  It will be interesting to see how the pros catch them when the FLW Championship comes to town August 14-17.  Early in the morning topwater plugs have been catching some fish, and when the sun gets up the best bet has been fishing Carolina rigs, jigs and shakey head worms off points in up to 20 feet of water.

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Comments (34)

  • Timmy

    I don’t have a boat. But I have the ability to cast about 125yds with 2 ounce spoons. Where would I have the best chance at getting to the striper?

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    • jeb

      Pick up a small kayak or something like it. Honestly, Lake Murray is one of the toughest places to fish in the state without a boat if you want anything more than bluegill. Unless of course you own a prime piece of real estate.

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      • Keith

        Hey Jeb,

        My wife and I will be @ Murray 08/01/2013 thru 08/04/2013. We have a 21 ft center console and all the striper tackle a man could ever use. If you would like to fish with us 1 day or evening, call me @ 704-616-8077.

        Thanks/Keith

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    • Jeremy

      You don’t gotta boat you gotta bank it :-D

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    • Bobby sears

      Around the dam they r running like crazy. South side of the lake about 30 ft down.

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    • Ed

      Would like to know what you are using to be able to cast 125 yards with a 2 oz lure

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  • yang

    get top water spooks and go across the dam where all the boater go and park there……get your pole and spook and walk along the bank by the road adjacent to the runners and go until you cannot see your car and round that corner…..just as you round the corner go about another 50 yards and throw out your spook…if the strippers are there they will bite……..also fish the spook aggressivly and with a fast retrieve……on the first hit the stripper will miss but just stop the spook and tug once or twice to get the stripper to hit again and then its game on. i like to use the all white or white with red head spook….and make sure you buy the big or salt water spooks as they are heavier and you will be able to throw further

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    • striperswiper

      Do not stop the aggressive retrieve after the first miss. It’s called a short strike and it happens a lot in the fall but continue to be aggressive. If you stop or even slow down they will lose interest

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  • LexKayaker

    I was out on the upper part of lake last weekend north of dreher island stripper fishing. Found the fish on finder and tried every stripper method I could find, we trolled live herring, bucktails, alabama rigs, we dropped baits straight down, jigged and got absolutely nothing. The fish were in about 40 ft of water north of dreher where the four peninsula’s make the river zig zag. probably a half mile long school just sitting there at 40ft. On occasion you’d see a jumper at the surface. We did notice a lot of bugs or fly’s on the water and assume the fish were full on those and thus not biting. It was very frustrating.

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  • "ML"

    I am new to Lake Murray AND fishing! I live on the lake, but am still saving up for a boat. In the mean time, I would like to try fly fishing from the shore… Is that feasible on Lake Murray? Over a VERY long period of trying, I have caught just a few little fish and a couple of stripers (pretty exciting!) by casting fishing from my dock, but the speciality of fly fishing really intrigues me. What sort of flies should I use, and at what season of the year is this feasible?

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  • Austin

    The only thing that I would use right now is probably a shakey head or a jig. Fishing docks is going to gaurantee fish if you fish it right but finding rocky points and any brush that is a good distance under water will probably bring a few into the boat.

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  • Striped Bastard

    ML, what part of lake are you fishing. Stripers are moving mid lake and are “close” to shore. A kayak would be helpful.

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  • timmy

    Thanks guys for the great info. Yang, never would have figured that out.

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  • scott

    I live near marker #17 across the lake from the public boat ramp. Am new to the lake and was wondering where in my area the strippers may be?

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  • sumterrack

    Hard to pattern, try looking for diving gulls. If they arent diving use dept finder around them. If fish show up on screen drop lines in and give it 15 min. If no hits move on to the next set of birds. Waste a tank of gas repeat next day. Somedays you hit the jackpot, other days you wish you hadn’t gone out.

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  • Timmy

    I’m headed down that way after work Friday… You guys been doing any good lately?

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  • JW

    Fished mid lake last Saturday for striper. Fish were scattered but had some success trolling around 20ft. deep

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  • Timmy

    Beach trip cancelled… Any topwater action there in the morning?

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  • yang

    Been going all week at different times of day with no luck. Top water not hitting. Try something that dives a bit and just walk the edges looking for stripers. (watch out for snakes)

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  • PDub

    Visiting from out of state for a couple days. Today we fished all over the lake and only caught one striper just barely big enough to keep. We had downlines, planers and free lines with live shad. Would appreciate any tips to make tomorrow more productive before we have to head back home. Thanks!

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  • Austin

    For largemouth, your best bet is to throw floating worms on grass beds in the morning while its cool and switching to deep points with shakeyhead later on when it heats up

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  • mike

    What color top water worm and where at on the lake, upper lower or middle?

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  • Tim

    do you have an archive of reports? i just moved here, living near Rocky Creek West looking to bass fish! if anyone knows any spots or needs a fishing partner!

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  • Austin

    I wouldnt anything other than a shakeyhead with a finesse worm unless you can find really deep water and then maybe switch to an alabama rig or a hard plastic swimbait. Fishing the docks with shakeyhead anywhere between dreher island and buffalo creek grill should work. It has been for me.

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  • BrandonR

    Where is the “pool” at the lower end? We normally fish mid lake to dam, but I have never heard of the pool. We are going early tomorrow morning around 6AM.

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  • Jay

    I think it just means the big, open water on the lower end, in the vicinity of the dam (where it really opens up in that area). I revised it to be more clear and to make sure that was a term more than a couple of people use.

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  • yang

    Been any top water action lately? when is the best time of the day to catch stripers with top water plugs this time of year

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  • Troy

    I am going to fish the Oakley Big Bass tournament at the end of September on Murray. Its a tournament centered around ONE BIG ONE………..any ideas on the best spots that time of year and lures to catch a “HAWG”?

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  • Amy lamb

    Thanks for tips! I am a novice at best , but caught a 12 pound Catfish off of Bomb Island. I have never had so much fun in my life. I am hooked!

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  • Mk

    Just scuba dived the lake, around dam and big water. Bream and crappie schooling around rocks, structures, and along shoreline. Good sized bream and several slab crappie. Shad and shiners above thermocline at 30~32 feet. Strippers schooling along stumps, walls, and rocks right below thermocline, 32 feet. Decent sized catfish shallow in rock pile holes.

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  • glasstream14

    I don’t largemouth bass fish on lake Murray this time of year but have a small club tournament coming up on Feb. 8th. Can someone please lead me in the right direction. Thanks

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  • Dave

    I am going to Lake Murray over Valentines weekend and will be in the area of Lake Village (southern side, just north of Red Star and Rt 378). Where is the best place to go fishing in that area? In laws just moved there, so I’m not familiar (yet) with all the good spots.

    Tks!

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  • nate bait

    putting in at big mens where to catch shellcrackers

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  • Big Doug

    I’m from tn but I visit my grandmother often and she lives on lake murray I had some success for largemouth on a Texas rigged zoom trick worm bubblegum color, fishing shallow in the evenings and under docks I the morning

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