Lake Murray Fishing Report
Lake Murray is at 356.5.
Bream: Very good. Lake World (803-957-6548) reports that the shellcracker bite remains very strong, both for sizes and numbers of fish. Concentrate in 4-10 feet of water and fish worms on the bottom. Good-sized bluegill are harder to find right now.
Striped bass: Good. Lake World reports that striper are schooling all over the lake, from the dam up to the twin islands and on up to the Gap. On cloudy days the schooling activity can last all day long, while on sunny days it has been best early and late. Free-lining live herring is working well, and when fish are on the surface throw your favorite topwater lures at them. There is also some decent down-line fishing down to about 35 feet of water.
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: Fair. Lake World reports that bass fishing has still not really picked up on the lake, but some good fish have been caught on buzzbaits fished around the bank first thing. During the day throwing Carolina rigs off points has been the best pattern.
Crappie: Fair. Lake World reports that from the mid-lake on up crappie are biting pretty well around brush in 10-15 feet of water. As the fall progresses fish will spread out and move shallower.