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Little River

Reports of bluefish, only a few whiting but good size. Cherry Grove Pier reports two nice size cobia were recently caught off the pier.

Grand Strand

Flounder is doing well with some large reported. Another good bet is 200 yards offshore there are cobia feeding on schools of menhaden. Spanish and king mackerel on near shore reefs and not too far off the beaches. Black drum are reported off the jetties in Georgetown.


Folly Beach Pier reports ladyfish, trout, black drum and sheepshead along with some small bluefish.

Beaufort-Hilton Head (unchanged from May 23)

Cobia: Fair to good. Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort reports that the number of cobia this year has been very strong, but dirty water as well as wind has made for tough conditions at times. Nonetheless, some very nice fish have been hooked and landed. An 84 pound fish was reportedly caught. Sight casting live eels (or flies for very experienced fly fishermen) is still a strong pattern, especially on clear, sunny days without too much wind, and drifting with live eels will also catch fish. Anchored fishermen are setting up with menhaden, squid, herring, mullet, eels and live whiting fished on the bottom around bridges and rips. Fly fishermen are having the best luck with flashy 3/0 - 4/0 flies fished on 10-12 weight gear. Spottail Bass: Good. Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort reports that tailing action is well underway, and seeing a dozen or more fish tailing on a good tide is quite possible. Look for tailing fish in the short grass and cast gold spoons, Gulp!, or even flies. On the dropping tide fish have been willing to take mud minnows, and blind casting with Gulp! or live bait has yielded some fish on lower tides.


Freshwater Report

Mountains Area

Lake Jocassee

Trout: Good. Best action coming anywhere from 15 to 65 feet. Trolling from the intakes and out to the main lake. Largemouth bass: Improving. Fish are in a post spawn phase. Best bet is to find some of the main drop offs and use shakey head worms.

Lake Keowee (unchanged from May 23)

Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Good to very good. Guide Brad Fowler reports that as of a couple of days ago large numbers of fish were shallow and spawning on Lake Keowee. Sight fishermen can catch fish with traditional bed-fishing methods, and shallow fish pre- or post-spawn will also eat soft plastics. Good numbers of fish can also be found running bait around points and shoals, and these fish will take flukes and swim baits. Drop shots are also effective. Look out for topwater activity to really heat up as temperatures warm.

Lake Hartwell

Striper: Good. Fish are still schooling and they are scattered across the lake. Pull free lines. Channel catfish: Good. Use the usual baits in 3 to 20 feet of water. Blues are slow. Crappie: Fair. Check the brush at around 20 feet with some action reported around bridges.

Piedmont Area

Lake Russell

Catfish: Good. Use cut bait in 4-8 feet or shallow around rip rap. Largemouth Bass: Good. Use a Texas rig and worms over timber in 8-18 feet. Spotted bass are showing results with shakey head worms. Bluegill: Fair. Check the backs of coves. Crappie: Good. Best action is coming at night under bridges or around timber with lights at 30 feet.

Lake Thurmond

Blue catfish: Good. Check the top of the lake around 20-30 feet and even shallower. Fish are still spawning around rip rap. Striper: Good. Fish are around main lake points in 25-30 feet of water. There are a lot of herring around the dam and hybrids are feeding shallow. Largemouth bass: Slow. Best action on points in 14 feet of water. Check the grass and brush on the banks. Use Carolina rigs and flukes.

Lake Wylie

Largemouth Bass: Beginning to slow. The spawn is tapering off so check offshore. Hopkins spoons and football jigs are producing.

Midlands area

Lake Wateree

Crappie: Good. As always, check the brush in 9-18 feet of water. Some fish are suspended and some are flat on the bottom. Fish stalker jigs and minnows are working. Some action around bridges also reported.

Lake Greenwood

Largemouth bass: Good. Before 9 a.m. is when topwater around seawalls with floating worms is your best bet. Later in the day check out the brush piles off points with worms in 12-18 feet.

Lake Monticello (unchanged from May 23)

Catfish: Fair to good. Captain Chris Simpson reports that he has started catching fish in the shallower range of 5-40 feet right now instead of in their winter-time haunts of 60+ feet. The backs of coves and humps and points in that depth range have been most productive, and drifting or anchoring have both been working. There are plenty of fish out deep but at times it seems as if the shallow fish are more aggressive. Big cut gizzard shad and white perch are working for big fish, and if you want to put any size fish in the boat small cut herring is tough to beat.

Lake Murray

Largemouth bass: Slow. Fish are transitioning into the summer pattern, but not there yet. Use a Carolina rig and shakey head worms around rocks over 14 feet of water. Crappie: Fair. Moving into a summer pattern. Fish around bridges and docks in 20 feet with jigs. Striper: Good. Freelines from the banks to 25 feet out early and late. Use cut bait midday in 25 feet of water.

Santee Cooper System (unchanged from May 23)

Crappie: Fair to good. Captain Steve English reports that before the flood crappie were showing up in good numbers on brush piles, and they could be caught best fishing minnows and jigs over brush in the 14-20 foot range. Bream: Fair to good. Captain Steve English reports that for now there is not much of a shallow bite for bluegill or shellcracker, which are still ganged up on brushpiles in the 8-14 foot range. However, on the next full moon fish should move shallow in very good numbers. Catfish: Slow. Only a few fish are being caught most of the time, which is not what is expected at this time of year. Anglers are having some limited success in shallow water for blue cats and channels, but it is not the usual widespread shallow water bite. Some fish are being caught in deeper water, but neither shallow nor deep is hot.

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