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Lake Russell Sponsored by
Date 27-Mar-15
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Conditions : Lake Russell: •Crappie: Good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that crappie fishing is on fire and fish are up shallow. Water temperatures went up so fast that fish went straight from 35 feet of water to the bank, and they never went the through the typical transitional period where they stage in 20 feet of water. The two best patterns are trolling 1/16 ounce curly tail grubs in 10-15 feet of water way up the creeks, or casting curly tail grubs under a bobber along sandy, shallow banks. Fish are getting very close to spawning.

Bass: Fair. Guide Wendell Wilson believes there are two main patterns for bass, with one group of fish (predominately largemouth) mixed in with the crappie up the creeks in the muddier water. They will hit small/ medium-running crankbaits and spinnerbaits. The other major pattern is that spotted bass are starting to move up onto the sides of points in about 20 feet of water. Anglers can target them with drop shots, or brown jigs if they are trying to target bigger fish. Overall bass are in pre-spawn mode, and although a few fish remain out deep every day more and more fish come up shallow. Think about the areas they will be spawning and fish spots leading to those areas. Finally, a possible third pattern is to fish small pockets on the main lake with something like a jerkbait as some largemouth have moved up into those main lake pockets.

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

Misc Info: -

Lake Russell Elevation



482' - Near Flood Stage
485' - Minor Flooding

499' - Moderate Flooding

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