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Lake Russell Sponsored by
Date 05-Aug-16
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Conditions : Lake Russell: Striped Bass: Excellent. Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that striper fishing is about as good as it gets on Lake Russell, with numerous big fish between 20 and 35 pound caught recently. The best pattern has been down-lining live herring in about 50 feet of water on the lower end of the lake.

Crappie: Good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports strong numbers of crappie are being caught fishing minnows over brush in 20-24 feet of water.

Catfish: Fair to good. Guide Jerry Kotal reports that channel catfish are scattered across the lake in mid-depths and are feeding well on cut herring.

Bass: Fair. Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) and Wendell Wilson report that largemouth bass are a little scarce but spotted bass can be caught off main lake points with a Spot Remover or a drop shot rig. Fish can also be caught down-lining live herring in 20-40 feet of water.

Reported by: SCDNR

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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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