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Lake Murray Sponsored by
Date 01-Dec-16
Water Condition
Water Temperature  

Conditions : Lake Murray: Lake Murray water levels are down to 353.97 (full pool is 360.00) and water temperatures at the dam are ranging between 62 and 63 degrees. Clarity remains pretty good.

Bass: It continues to be a pretty tough fall for bass fishing on Murray, and veteran tournament angler Captain Doug Lown reports that it’s been hard to establish a consistent pattern for catching fish. Even when anglers find numbers of fish it has been hard to find good ones – a 4 ½ pounder has been a big bass in most recent tournaments. For the most part Doug says that the fish that he and his tournament partner have been catching have been fairly shallow, and they haven’t caught much in more than 10 feet of water. Most of the fish they are catching have been in less than 4 feet, but deeper water has been close by. Fish are not scattered out in certain depth ranges but instead are holding to certain little spots, and it has been hard to locate them as they move around a lot. Doug suspects that constantly dropping water levels have forced the fish to constantly reposition. At times rock has been the best cover, and with water levels low a lot of docks don’t have any decent water. Most of the fish they are catching are coming on shakey head worms and jigs, and Doug believes that if water levels will stabilize fishing could get more consistent.

Channel and blue catfish bite is still pretty strong, although Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) warns that the recent warm weather has scattered fish out and slowed the bite just a little. The best action is still coming drifting cut herring across main lake humps and points in 20-40 feet of water, as well as exploring certain feeder creeks which are holding good numbers of fish. With weather fluctuations anglers need to assess where the fish are holding on a particular day and then cater their game plan accordingly.

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

Misc Info: -

Lake Murray Elevation



359' - Near Flood Stage
360' - Minor Flooding

363' - Moderate Flooding

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