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Lake Russell Sponsored by
Date 28-Nov-14
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Conditions : Lake Russell: •Perch: Very good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that perch fishing is the best thing going on Lake Russell right now, and white and yellow perch are mixed in with bass in about 30-35 feet of water on deep flats. The best areas have been in the middle of creek channels on the South Carolina side of the lake, but the depth range is the key. It’s important to locate bait schools to find fish. Minnows fished just off the bottom are working best.

•Bass: Good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that bass are doing “what they should be” at this time of year, and they are moving deeper with the bait schools each day. For now they are in about 30-35 feet of water in the same areas where the perch are thick. Both jigging spoons and drop shots have been productive. Bass in these areas have been 80% spotted bass. To target largemouth Wendell suggests going up the creeks into areas with stained water (Rocky River, Beaverdam) and throwing ¼ ounce lipless crankbaits or #7 Shad Raps.

•Crappie: Fair. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that crappie are still on deeper brush, although the bite slows down when it gets very cold. On warmer days look for crappie 12-14 feet down over brush in 20-25 feet of water and fish minnows.

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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



482' - Near Flood Stage
485' - Minor Flooding

499' - Moderate Flooding

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