Lake Murray Fishing Report
Lake Murray is at 358.
Striped bass: Good. Lake World (803-957-6548) reports that striper are scattered out all over the lake. There is good action in shallow water and there is also good open water schooling activity, with lots of striper in the top ten feet of the water column. The birds are still around in good numbers, and they tell anglers everything they need to know about where to fish. In addition to free-lining and casting artificials, a pretty good cut bait bite is starting in 3-15 feet of water.
Largemouth bass: Good. Lake World reports fish are moving to the banks hard, and fish can be found at all stages of the spawn. Fishing shallow with soft plastics and crankbaits is hard to beat, and there are also lots of fish being caught on jigs around docks. Before long a good topwater bite should develop.
Crappie: Fair to good. Lake World reports that at the upper end of the lake the crappie bite has been pretty good for anglers slow trolling with jigs around the mouths of creeks. Most fish have already completed the spawn, and before long fish should start to move out to brush piles.
Catfish: Fair. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the catfish bite is still a little inconsistent. The warm days have been heating up the surface water temperatures by mid-day, which is leading to a good mid-day to late afternoon bite. The cold nights have been cooling water temperatures back down, which has been making the morning bite slow. The best pattern is to anchor on humps and points with cut baits and stagger your baits at different depths, with the ideal depth zone getting shallower later in the day. Overall 10-20 feet has been the best depth.
Bream: Fair. Lake World reports that there are very few reports of bluegill being caught so far, but good numbers of shellcracker are being caught in 2-8 feet of water around docks and brushpiles.