Lake Murray Fishing Report
Lake Murray is at 358.
Bream: Good. Lake World (803-957-6548) reports that bream fishing is still strong, although off a bit from the pace a few weeks ago. The best bluegill have been found in approximately 20 feet of water, while smaller fish can be caught around shoreline cover. Good shellcracker have been caught in shallower water approximately 4-12 feet deep – keep moving until you locate the fish.
Catfish: Good. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the bite has been improved with the majority of the spawn already having taken place. 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 can be caught all over the lower lake, on both the Ballentine side and in the big water near the dam. The bite around the towers has been good off and on. The best depth range has been 35-80 feet and most of the action is coming down-line fishing with live herring right now, although anglers are also catching fish trolling. If anglers are not using lead core line or downriggers they need to use lures that weigh at least an ounce to get it down to the fish. There are a few scattered reports of schooling and so anglers should have their eyes open for surface action and always have a lure to throw to schooling fish tied on.
Largemouth bass: Slow to fair. Lake World reports that bass fishing is pretty slow on the lake, but it will be interesting to receive a lesson in summertime bass fishing on Lake Murray from the professional anglers here to fish the FLW Championship August 14-17. A basic pattern remains fishing topwater plugs early in the morning, and then when the sun gets up fishing slow sinking swimbaits and jigs off long points. Carolina rigs and shakey head worms should also catch some fish.
Crappie: Slow to fair. Lake World reports that down the lake crappie fishing has been slow, but up the lake some fish are being caught around main-lake brush in about 20-25 feet of water.