Lake Wylie Fishing Report
Lake Wylie is at 97% of full pool.
Largemouth Bass: Fair to good. FLW Professional and Guide Matt Arey (704-484-7715) reports that there are two main patterns for catching bass on Lake Wylie right now. First, fish can be caught offshore. Schools of fish will be found around humps, deep main lake points, the areas where creek channels swing in front of points, and other depth changes. Lots of fish will be found in 20-30 feet of water, but some can be in 15 feet of water near shallower areas. Deep diving crankbaits, football jigs, Hopkins spoons, Ol’ Monster worms and other big baits will catch fish, but as fish adjust to angling pressure drop shot rigs and more finesse-style baits will become more effective. Schools may even relocate. Second, there is a good shallow bite where bass are feeding on bream that are bedding or hanging around near bedding bream. Look for bass cruising in packs and targeting spawning bream around docks and in the backs of sandy coves. Prop baits, swimbaits and weightless Senkos will all work, and bass will take topwater lures all day long.
Catfish: No new report from Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828). Try anchoring and drifting with cut bait, and look for the fishing to get better and better as the spawn gets further in the rear view mirror.
DHEC Fish Advisories: Due to PCB advisories visit http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/water/fish/Advisories/hartwell.htm before consuming any Lake Wylie fish.