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.