August Fishing Report

Lake Thurmond is down to 318.5.

Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good to very good. Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reports that most of the bigger fish in the lake are grouped within 6 miles of the dam up both the Georgia Little River and the Savannah. Fish are generally found 70-80 feet deep over 90-100 feet of water, and fishing live herring on down lines has been the predominant technique. A surprising number of fish have been biting well in the middle of the day. At dawn there has been a good bite for 2-3 pound hybrids fishing on the bottom on the side of underwater humps about 50 feet deep.

Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that there is a pretty consistent striper bite at the top of Clarks Hill in the Lake Russell tailrace. Each morning 3-7 pound striper can be caught on free lined live herring and topwater lures, and his boat caught a nice 17 pound fish there recently. Clarks Hill is way down so anglers should be careful navigating the lake.

Black bass: Slow. Buckeye Lures in Augusta reports that fish remain in a summer pattern and the bite is still pretty slow. Early in the day some fish can be caught fishing buzz baits along banks that are proximate to deeper water, and during the day there is some schooling activity over humps. The schooling fish are mainly smaller. Fish can still be targeted fishing on the bottom around offshore humps that may rise to 12-18 feet of surface but are surrounded by deeper water. Mop jigs or mini mop jigs,Carolina rigs and big plastic worms fished on a Texas rig are the best baits.

Crappie: Little fishing activity. Captain William Sasser reports that crappie should be found 20 feet down over 40 feet of water in the river channels around timber. Target crappie by anchoring and dropping minnows vertically.

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