Lake Russell Fishing Report
Lake Russell is at 474.
Black Bass: Fair to good. Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that fish have moved into a traditional late fall pattern, and most species are grouped up in about 30 feet of water around bait schools. The best locations are in the creeks along the edge of the channel, but the key is to locate schools of shad. Spotted and largemouth bass can be caught on jigging spoons and drop shot rigs. To target largemouth it’s a good idea to head for the trees and fish around standing timber in about 30-50 feet of water. Crawl soft plastics through the tops of trees and let them fall to 15-20 feet.
Crappie/ perch: Fair to good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that crappie and perch are keyed around the same shad schools that the bass are on, but the crappie action has been a little slower although a few can be caught. White perch have been biting well on minnows fished on drop shot rigs, and soon yellow perch should start to feet well, too. Crappie have pretty much moved off of the shallow brush piles where they could be caught a few weeks ago.
Striped bass: Fair. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that birds are starting to show up in good numbers on Lake Russell, and particularly on the lower end of the lake gulls are pointing the direction to the fish. Fish are in deep water but are not holding very deep, and the best pattern is to fish under the birds with small white bucktails, free-lined herring or shiners.
Catfish: Fair. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that channel catfish are around the same bait schools as the bass, perch and crappie. Fish cut herring and nightcrawlers on the bottom in about 30 feet of water around the bait schools.
DHEC Fish Advisory: Only one meal per week of largemouth or spotted bass.