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Lake Russell Sponsored by
Date 21-Jul-14
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Conditions : Lake Russell: •Striped bass: Fair to good. Big striped bass continue to bite pretty well on the upper end of Lake Russell in the tailrace from Lake Hartwell. Fish are being caught free lining live herring and gizzard shad over 15-30 feet of water in the cooler water, and the best bite seems to be during the week when they are running water.

•Crappie: Fair to good. Some big crappie have been caught around brush in 25-30 feet of water in the main channel of major creeks. A better pattern for catching numbers of fish is putting out a light at night and fishing around bridges with minnows. White perch: Fair to good. Perch have already moved into the spots where they will be found in the fall, and they can be caught fishing a minnow just off the bottom in 20-25 feet of water in the larger coves and back in the creeks.

Black Bass: Fair. Catching larger fish has been tough, but spotted bass up to about 3 pounds have been feeding decently off mainly lake points in 25 feet of water. The best points have brush on them and the bass are hanging out on points holding bait schools. Fish are just off the bottom and will take a Carolina rigged worm/lizard or a Spot Remover.

•Catfish: Fair. Catfishing can be caught anchoring off points and fan casting cut herring into 15 feet of water.

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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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