Lake Murray Fishing Report
Lake Murray is at 355.5.
Bream: Excellent. 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.
Striped bass: Good. Lake World reports that striper continue to school all over the lake, and looking for schooling activity is the best way to catch keeper-sized fish. Schooling can take places in coves or out in open water, and it can happen all day long. Some days the best schooling activity has been mid-afternoon. There is also some down-line fishing as deep as about 30 feet, and with cooling water temperatures and fish moving shallower free-lining is also becoming more productive.
Catfish: Good. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports the fishing has gotten pretty consistent, and anglers should try either drifting or anchoring on humps and points that top out around 25-35 feet. Some fish are starting to orient to both river and creek channel ledges, and this bite will get better and better later in the year. Herring and shad are both working well.
Crappie: Fair. Lake World reports that from the mid-lake on up crappie are biting pretty well around brush in 5-15 feet of water. Both minnows and jigs will catch fish.
Largemouth bass: Slow. Lake World reports that bass fishing is still slow and fishing activity has been relatively light; before the cold snap tossing buzzbaits first thing was the best way to target fish. During the day throwing Carolina rigs off points in 15-20 feet of water has been the best pattern.