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Lake Russell Sponsored by
Date 12-Jul-15
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Conditions : Lake Russell: •Striped bass: Good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that based on current catch rates they are expecting this to be their best summer ever for striped bass. Fish are scattered out across the lake and anglers are catching a variety of different sizes of fish all over the lake, from north to south. Pretty much every area of the lake is producing, but the best catches have been coming off main channel points on down-lines fished in 20-25 feet of water. Action is still picking up in the tailrace below the Hartwell dam and Lake Secession, and anglers who want to fish up there should pull free-lines.

•Catfish: Good. Guide Jerry Kotal reports that catfishing is pretty good on Lake Russell, and his boat is catching good numbers of channel cats in the 1-5 pound range. Fish are scattered out in the backs of coves, creek channels and off points, with 8-20 feet of water being the best depth range. His boat is also picking up occasional flatheads, and while blues can also be found in Lake Russell they aren’t getting many of those.

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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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