Lake Murray Fishing Report August 22 2019
Weekly report from Anderson Coleman of Lake Murray Hardware and Outdoor
We have reached South Carolina’s dog days of summer. Highs are in the mid 90’s with the water temperature averaging around 89 degrees. Add this combination of hot air and hot water together, and this makes for strange fish patterns.
First, let’s start with striper. Do you like to striper fish using a variety of techniques? Look no further!!! Start your morning by chunking top water plugs like Ima Skimmers, Zara Spooks, and Pencil Poppers into packs of schooling striper. From the dam all the way to Dreher Island you can find sporadic schooling fish. Be sure to focus on humps and points on the main river channel as well. After the sun comes up, the best option will be to down rod with live herring, and jig and power reel parker spoons. Look for fish in 30-50 foot of water and some fish in the 60-80 foot of water range. It is important not to rule out trolling. Anything you can get down to 20 foot of water will put fish in the boat. Currently, some of our customer’s favorites are the Capt. Macks Umbrella Rigs and Stretch 20s and 25s.
Largemouth Bass can be tough on Lake Murray in August. The bass will be schooling on points with deep structure such as cane piles and brush piles in the morning. Running up the river and throwing frogs around blow downs and small coves off the river can put a good numbers of fish in the boat. Also, this will get you away from some of the recreational lake crowd. Night fishing is probably the best bite during this time. A few techniques may include fishing dock lights with worms and swim baits, and throwing big worms into deep brush piles. This should bring you some success for catching bass.
GENERAL FISHING TIPS
For those of you who do not care to catch a specific type of fish but rather have a few different types in the cooler, grab a cup of night crawlers and drag them on points and humps in 15-30 foot of water and you will catch a huge variety of species. This could include Perch, Shellfish, or Catfish. Personally, this is one of my favorite types of fishing to do this time of year. The excitement of not knowing what you will catch every time you set the hook is what I like best! This is also a great activity for the young angler.
For additional questions, y’all come by Lake Murray Hardware and we will be sure to point you in the right direction for all your fishing needs. Thank you and as always we appreciate your business.
Owner of Lake Murray Hardware and Outdoor