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Lake Russell Sponsored by
Date 01-Jan-17
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Conditions : Lake Russell: BLake Russell water levels are at 474.81 (full pool is 475.00) and surface temperatures are around 57-58 degrees, having risen several degrees from about 53 degrees after the most recent warm spell. Clarity is good.

Spotted bass fishing on Lake Russell is strong, although Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) says that the warm weather slightly changed the pattern he has been fishing. Fish were very deep, but yesterday he found them from 45-50 feet all the way up to 25 feet. They "only" caught 50 fish, which is down from even better numbers before we had several warm days. Fish are being caught on deeper flats, as well as at the end of points. They are on the main lake as well as at the mouth of creeks and his boat is catching them on drop shot rigs as well as spoons. Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) is fishing a similar pattern, and like Jerry he is picking up some nice yellow perch (which are very good eating) along with the spotted bass. He is targeting 40-60 feet of water on deep flats near the main lake, and Wendell's boat is fishing just off the bottom with jigging spoons as well as medium minnows on a drop shot rig. They are picking up a few white perch as well as crappie in the same areas. While spotted bass are prolific, how to target largemouth bass right now is something of a head-scratcher. Jerry and Wendell suggest going further back in the creeks and maybe fishing a crankbait or a jig, or trying to crawl a jig off the points in timber areas in 20-25 feet of water.

Striped bass fishing has been pretty good, with fish being caught in the lower part of the main channel of the Rocky River as well as the Savannah River, and particularly where the two run together. There are lots of birds on the lake now, and they are starting to feed around the striper. Overall striper are biting better on Alabama rigs than on bait, and throwing rigs into the areas where birds are diving has been a good technique. While a mix of techniques can be used with live bait the best bet has been pulling free lines close to the surface. Fish move up out of the timber to eat, and then run back down into the trees. While neither guide is targeting catfish right now, Jerry's boat has picked up a bunch while jigging a spoon for bass and perch. He also recently landed a 36-pound flathead this way!

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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

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Lake Russell Elevation

Stages

Normal

482' - Near Flood Stage
485' - Minor Flooding

499' - Moderate Flooding


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