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Lake Russell Sponsored by
Date 12-Apr-15
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Conditions : Lake Russell: •Striped bass: Fair. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that, although striper bass are pretty scattered, there are three main areas to search. First, just north of Russell State Park on the Savannah River; second, up above Pearl Mill in Beaverdam; and third, above Lowndesville in the Lake Secession Tailrace. Fish are in 15-40 feet of water related to points, and pulling herring, gizzard shad and trout on free lines is the most effective way to target them.

•Bass: Good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that catching bass on Lake Russell is no problem right now, and the real challenge is targeting bigger fish. Numbers of spotted bass can be caught off the sides of points in 8-20 feet of water, and they will take drop shot rigs, jerkbaits and fish head spins. While some larger fish are mixed in and Wendell has caught some 4-pound fish in about 20 feet of water, these fish have typically been in the 2-pound range. Anglers who want to target bigger fish may want to look for big spotted bass suspended in timber over 50 feet of water. Try setting up off points and fishing through the tops of timber with fish head spins. Alternatively, anglers can fish the shallower points but with lures that typically attract bigger fish such as football-headed jigs. Once the herring spawn begins largemouth will show up again, but for now the catch is very spot-heavy. Bass are in pre-spawn mode.

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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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