Lake Russell Fishing Report
Lake Russell is above full pool.
Catfish: Good to very good. Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that the catfish bite continues to be strong, with fish caught anchoring off points in 6-10 feet of water. Catalpa worms, stink bait and cut herring are all catching fish.
Black Bass: Good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that high water levels have not hurt the fishing, and drop shotting with worms or live minnows/ shad around brush piles about 20 feet deep has been a strong pattern. Spotted bass are also taking a Spot Remover fished off main lake points in 12-15 feet of water. With water levels up the best largemouth bass pattern has been going way up the creeks and fishing soft plastics around wood cover. The Rocky River, Beaverdam and Coldwater have been most productive.
Striped bass: Fair. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that striper are still scattered, with fish being caught in the mid-lake area but also in the cooler water at the upper end of the lake. The best pattern has been fishing down lines about 25 feet deep off main lake points.
Crappie: Fair. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that daytime crappie fishing has improved a bit, and fish are being caught around brushpiles 20-25 feet deep just off the bottom. The depth range is the key and there has been no particular part of the lake producing best. At night there continues to be some good fishing with minnows under lights about 15-20 feet down.
DHEC Fish Advisory: Only one meal per week of largemouth or spotted bass.