Lake Wylie Fishing Report
Lake Wylie is at 97% of full pool.
Largemouth Bass: Slow. FLW Professional and Guide Matt Arey (704-484-7715) reports that right now the bite remains poor on Lake Wylie, and 12-13 pounds in a tournament is very strong at the moment. There is no clear reason why the fishing is so tough, and perhaps it is due to the fact that lakes tend to go in cycles. This whole year has been difficult on Lake Wylie, and while numbers are there the predominant age class seems to include a lot of 12-15 inch fish – meaning lots of 8-12 pound tournament bags. December through February, when a lot of big fish are traditionally caught, it will be interesting to see what is landed on Alabama rigs, jerkbaits and grubs. For now anglers are advised to follow the traditional fall pattern of looking for bass following shad schools into the backs of creeks. Small square-billed crankbaits and ¼ ounce Rattle Traps are both good options at this time of year, but fish will also take topwater lures such as Spooks, buzzbaits and Pop-Rs all day long once they move up shallow. Right now fish can be found at the backs of all the major creeks, including Big and Little Allison, 7 Oaks, etc. There has also been some decent schooling activity around flatter pockets going into creeks, although this action has been very hit or miss. Matt reminds anglers that there is a misconception that all bait will move into the creeks in the fall, but in reality just like there are resident creek fish that never leave the creeks there are also fish that stay on the main lake year round (including during the spawn). These fish will move shallower in the fall just like fish that move into the creeks, but they will move onto main lake flats. The key is looking for a ditch, channel or some other depth gradient that give the fish a way to move onto the flat – fish do not just swim around randomly but instead use highways to funnel into and out of places.
Catfish: No new report from Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828). Try starting relatively shallow in the creeks early in the day, moving out from the back of the creek into deeper water as the day progresses. If the creek bite is not productive then try fishing around offshore structure in 10-25 feet of water when the sun is higher. Drifting or anchoring with cut white perch or cut shad is a good option. Around dusk and after dark flathead catfish can also be caught fishing live bait around brush.
DHEC Fish Advisories: Due to PCB advisories visit http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/water/fish/Advisories/hartwell.htm before consuming any Lake Wylie fish.