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Lake Russell Sponsored by
Date 28-Jan-15
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Conditions : Lake Russell: •Bass: Fair. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that spotted bass are hanging around the same bait schools as the rest of the fish, and at times they are still suspended higher in the water column than the other species. However, at times they are right on the bottom along with other fish. Drop shot rigs and jigging spoons continue to be productive for artificial lure anglers. To target largemouth Wendell still suggests going up the creeks (Coldwater, Beaverdam, the Rocky River, etc.) and throwing a medium-running crankbait. If you want to avoid spotted bass getting as far up the creeks as possible, where largemouths are more likely to live, is usually best.

Catfish: Fair. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that catfish can be caught by anglers who target them, although the action is a bit slower with the colder temperatures. Fish cut herring on the bottom around the large schools of shad.

Crappie: Slow. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that this is a slow period for crappie, but diehard crappie anglers who insist on targeting them will find that there are certain spots where crappie can be found. It may take a lot of searching, but for example Wendell knows that some fish are grouped in Pickens Creek. The best bet is looking for fish just off the bottom in 35-40 feet of water and targeting them with a drop shot rig and minnow.

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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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