Lake Russell: Lake Russell water levels are at 471.22 (full pool is 475.00) and surface temperatures have already risen 2-3 degrees in the past couple of days. In the morning they are about 51 rising to about 54 during the day. Clarity is good.
Its a dynamite time for striped bass fishing on Lake Russell, with the big fish really biting! On his most recent trip Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) caught a bunch of large fish including one a little over 20 and one 31-pounder. The key lately has been running around and using a lot of gas. The fish have been suspended about 20-25 feet down over main channel timber in roughly 50 feet of water, and everything has come casting an Alabama rig. Yesterday Jerry only saw one fish roll and so the fish were caught by throwing and throwing and throwing.
Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) concurs about the overall pattern, and he has also found the fish scattered all over the main channels. Some of them are a little ways up the Savannah River, some to about halfway up the Rocky River, and a few just up Beaverdam. In addition to throwing an Alabama rig on a baitcaster with heavy braid, he is also catching fishing pulling herring or shiners on free lines or planer boards.
Jerry says that some good bass have been mixed in lately with the striper when they are throwing A-rigs, and he is also catching a lot of bass on spoons and drop-shot rigs. Fish have been as deep as 65-70 feet, but with the recent warming he doesnt expect that to last very long
Wendell is also catching a mix of bass and yellow perch fishing in 35-60 feet of water around bait at the edge of underwater timber. Fishing medium minnows has been accounting for a mixed bag including big perch, some spotted bass over 3 pounds and some largemouth over 4 pounds. White perch and crappie have been pretty absent.