Lake Wylie Fishing Report
Lake Wylie is at 97.5% of full pool.
Largemouth Bass: Slow to fair. FLW Professional and Guide Matt Arey (704-484-7715) reports that right now the bite remains pretty tough on Lake Wylie as water temperatures don’t seem to have dropped enough for the late fall/ winter Alabama rig/ jerkbait/ grub bite to get good. For now fish are still 100% related to bait and the bite on the lower end of the lake has been better; look for fish around depth changes adjacent to deep water. Small square-billed crankbaits and ¼ ounce Rattle Traps will both catch fish and jerkbaits and grubs are starting to perform better, but later in the year these baits and Alabama rigs will come into their own. Spoons are also working decently right now and picking up a lot of white perch, too.
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.