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Lake Russell Sponsored by
Date 10-May-15
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Conditions : Lake Russell: •Bass: Good. Good numbers of largemouth are still on the beds, and for anglers who are interested in bed fishing now is a good time to do it. The spotted bass appear to be on the verge of spawning, and they have moved up onto the sides of shallow, gently sloping sandy banks. They can be caught on flukes rigged on 1/8 ounce jigheads as well as Lit’l Fishies. Look for spots in 6-8 feet of water on both the main lake and in the creeks. Lots of spotted and largemouth bass can also be found around riprap, and they appear to be waiting for the herring spawn (which is not quite underway yet). Throw an unweighted fluke for these fish.

•Crappie: Fair. The spawn is still underway on Lake Russell, and about half the fish are still on the banks spawning. These fish can be caught with minnows fished about 2 feet under a float. Typically the fish spawn in waves of like-sized fish, with the bigger females spawning earlier in the spring. Both pre- and post-spawn fish can also be caught trolling jigs about 4-6 feet down in 8-12 feet of water.

Reported by: SCDNR

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About: - Lake Russell is a 26,650-acre impoundment on the Savannah River, perfect for all types of water sports. Nearly 1,500 acres of the lake are flooded timber, an excellent habitat for largemouth bass, bream, crappie and catfish. The lake offers camping, day use areas, boating, fishing, hunting, and trails. There are 12 public access points on the South Carolina side of the lake, including Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area.
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Yellow Perch
  • Crappie
  • Catfish

Misc Info: -

Lake Russell Elevation



482' - Near Flood Stage
485' - Minor Flooding

499' - Moderate Flooding

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