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Lake Murray Sponsored by
Date 12-Apr-15
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Conditions : Lake Murray: •Largemouth bass: Slow to fair. Captain Doug Lown reports that bass fishing has gotten surprisingly tough, and anglers are struggling to get five bites in tournaments. It is unclear whether this is due to the cold front that came through last weekend, spawning activity, or some other factor, and it is not unusual for it to be difficult to catch fish doing anything besides sight-fishing at the height of the spawn. However, while fish are clearly spawning driving around the banks does not indicate that all of the fish are locked onto beds, and so there is some confusion as to what the fish are doing. For now shakey head worms continue to be one of the best ways to get bit, and there can also be something of a bait bite first thing. Perhaps the bite will get better as weather patterns stabilize.

•Catfish: Slow to fair. Captain Chris Simpson reports that catfishing on Murray still has not picked up, and while a few quality fish (big blues and channels) are being caught the numbers are still way down. Anchoring on humps and points and fan casting in 20-40 feet of water has been a little more consistent for catching fish than drifting lately. Herring and shad are the best baits right now.

•Shellcracker: Fair. Lake World reports that the shellcracker bite continues to pick up, and the fishing is getting better in 3-8 feet of water. As always when shellcracker fishing, anglers should move on if they don’t have any bites after about 10 minutes. Bluegills have not moved up yet.

Reported by: SCDNR

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About: - Lake Murray, SC

An excellent producer of stripers, including trophies over 40 pounds. Largemouth bass over 10 pounds available. Top-notch bream, shellcracker and crappie fishing. Docks and brush piles provide important cover. 50,800 acres.

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Crappie
  • Bream

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Lake Murray Elevation



359' - Near Flood Stage
360' - Minor Flooding

363' - Moderate Flooding

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