As a whole the water temp has been around 48. Warmer in the backs of the creeks where there is muddier water and cooler in the main lake. Both the Tugaloo and Seneca side has been producing a few Crappies. Most crappie are coming in 15-25 foot of water over brush. I've found that the fish are alittle spread out, but you can catch a handfull of fish off each brushpile in the right area. Small crappie minnows seem to be working the best. As for the Striper and Hybrids, Live bait has been a little slow. Try Pulling Large Gizzard Shad for the Big fish! Umbrella riggs are still working really well. Im finding schools of fish under the birds!
Wow the weather has been great this year for us here in SC. Fishing remains to be pretty good over all. Or Great for the month of Jan. Some days are better then others, but over all for the middle of Jan, I have been impressed! Water temp is still reading 48 degrees. Now the live bait bite has been a little tough, the artificial bite has been good. Just about every day I still see a little surface activity. The fish are keyed in the the small threadfin shad, making it tough to get them to bite our usaual offering(bluebacks) I have had to downsize my livebait and tackle making some exciting battles on light tackle. Some days were lucky to get the fish over what I call clean bottom and our odds to land 6-10 lb striper on 8 lb line is very high. The days that we find the fish over trees makes it tough to pull on the fish without them diving right to the trees. U-riggs are still doing well and I would have to say if a man liked to flyfish for these fish, now can still be the time to try that. Use small streamers for flies 1-2 inches long, no longer and hold on!
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Capt. Steve is a Registered US Coast Guard Capt. Being 32 years old, Capt Steve has made a living fishing for over 12 years. Capt. Steve has logged many hours on the US and International waters fishing for Salmon in the rivers of Alaska down to the Florida Keys after Sailfish and over to the Bahamas Blue Marlin fishing.