Lake Murray Fishing Report
Lake Murray is at 357.
Striped bass: Good. Lake World (803-957-6548) reports that striper are starting to school from Bomb Island to the dam, and reports indicate that good-sized fish are staying up long enough to cast at them. Fish are also being caught down-lining herring in 30-60 feet of water, and a few fish are being caught trolling plugs at that depth.
Bream: Good. Lake World (803-957-6548) reports that some monster shellcrackers have been caught in the last week or so, and they have had some legitimate 2 pound fish as well as a 2 ½ pound monster weighed in at the store. Shellcracker were out in 25 feet of water only a couple of weeks ago, but they have moved shallower into 6-8 feet of water and are scattered across the lake at that depth. Nightcrawlers have been the best baits.
Catfish: Fair. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that this is a transition period on Lake Murray, which means the fish are scattered out and unpredictable. Some fish are starting to move deeper while some are still holding in very shallow water. Particularly on the upper half of the lake the thermocline is a significant factor, and up there not much life can be found below 25-28 feet so fishing there is virtually useless in that part of Murray. Anchoring on humps and points is working, but drifting is also picking up a few fish. Herring, stinkbaits and shrimp can all work.
Largemouth bass: Slow to fair. Lake World reports that, as could be seen in the FLW Championship, there is not a simple pattern for catching Lake Murray bass in the late summer. Anglers can fish very shallow, deep and in between, but there is no easy way to catch them. It seems that roaming schools of herring are moving around the lake and dictating bass movements, making them difficult to catch. Early and late a basic pattern is throwing topwater lures, and when the sun gets up swimbaits, jigs, Carolina rigs and shakey head worms fished off points may work.
Crappie: No new reports.