AHQ INSIDER Lake Greenwood (SC) Fall 2019 Fishing Report – Updated October 29 Reviewed by Momizat on . -- October 29 Lake Greenwood water levels are at 437.16 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures are down to the lower 70s. Water temperatures have d -- October 29 Lake Greenwood water levels are at 437.16 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures are down to the lower 70s. Water temperatures have d Rating: 0
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AHQ INSIDER Lake Greenwood (SC) Fall 2019 Fishing Report – Updated October 29

October 29

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 437.16 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures are down to the lower 70s.

Water temperatures have dropped but are still warmer than typical for this time of year, and veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that bass fishing remains a little tough.  The best fishing is still in pockets and flats on the main lake, and it just has not gotten cool enough for the creeks to have really come on.

Stan says that as good a pattern as anything is to fish a buzzbait all day long, paying particular attention to docks and walkways.  You can also fish a jig or shakey head around main lake docks, and casting a square-billed crankbait is also a good option.

September 30

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 437.77 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures in the morning are in the mid-80s.  With no rain the water is clear for Greenwood.

It’s still hot, but veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that bass fishing is starting to pick up on Lake Greenwood.  There are not a lot of very large fish being caught on Greenwood right now, but numbers have been pretty good.

The deep bite is basically dead, but in main lake pockets and in the front part of creeks from the lower end up to the Seaboard Trestle fish can be caught in 6 feet of water or less on Pop-Rs and buzzbaits early.  After that fishing a shakey head around docks is the best pattern.

Rocky banks will also hold fish, and a suspended jerkbait or a methiolate floating worm should work.

September 20

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 438.23 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures in the morning are in the low 80s.

It remains tough conditions for bass fishing on Lake Greenwood, but veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that with a bit more cool weather it should get much better.  However, now that the temperatures have started to cool a little he advises abandoning the offshore holes unless you want to catch a bunch of small spotted bass.

From now on most of the best fishing will be in 6 feet of water or less, and Stan advises starting at the mouths of creeks and working your way back until you figure out where the fish are holding.  Buzzbaits and Whopper Ploppers will catch fish early, and around docks during the day worms, jigs, or shakey heads are the best bet.

Rocky banks will also hold fish, and a suspended jerkbait or a methiolate floating worm should work.

Stan Gunter with a brown fish he caught up North last month

Stan Gunter with a brown fish he caught up North last week

September 5

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 438.84 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures in the morning are in the low to mid-80s.

It’s pretty tough conditions for bass fishing on Lake Greenwood, and veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that in particular the deep fish are not biting well. He advises concentrating on less than 6 feet of water, but since there has not yet been significant cooling focusing on the mouths of creeks or main lake pockets.  Fish are not way in the backs yet.

The best bite is still early and late, and fishing a buzzbait or methiolate floating worm at those times around docks or shallow cover is the most likely way to catch fish. During the day you can try fishing a small crankbait, jig or Senko around deeper docks, or fishing a crankbait, jig or shakey head off rocky points.

If there is significant rain and temperatures drop a few degrees better fall fishing should arrive.

August 22

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 439.03 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures in the morning are in the mid to upper-80s.  The lake is clear for Greenwood.

It’s the dog days of summer for bass fishing on Lake Greenwood, and veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that there still isn’t anything very good going pattern-wise.  There are still some fish deep that can be caught around rock, brush, or hard spots on points with Ole Monster worms or jigs.  While the shallow bite has been pretty slow, soon more should start to pull up shallower because the oxygen levels are bad out deep.  The early topwater bite should improve, and fishing around docks should get better too.

There has been a little schooling activity on Greenwood but that should pick up soon.

August 1

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 438.95 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures in the morning are in the mid to upper-80s.  The lake is clear for Greenwood.

It’s still tough conditions for summer bass fishing on Lake Greenwood, and tournament weights have typically been low in the 10-13 pound range.  There are still some fish being caught  around deep brush and rock in 15-20 feet on Ole Monster worms or more finesse-oriented soft plastics, but that bite is tapering off.  Some fish could be caught on Pop-Rs fished around sea walls early, but the shallow pattern has been almost non-existent recently.

There has been some brief schooling activity very early or late off points, but fish just don’t seem to be eating very much during the day right now.

Stan Gunter with a rare good one caught this week

Stan Gunter with a rare good one caught this week

July 24

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 438.98 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures are in the mid to upper-80s.

Typical for this time of summer bass fishing is slowing down on Lake Greenwood, and by the stage of the summer there’s not really a good bite deep or shallow.  When it gets super hot the deep bite goes away, and the best thing going is usually an early morning shallow bite.  Pop-Rs fished around sea walls are as good as anything.

It’s still worth looking around the deep brush and rock in 15-20 feet, even though the fish have been beat on all summer.   Ole Monster worms or more finesse-oriented soft plastics are likely to work better than crankbaits and other power baits.

There has been some sporadic schooling activity so always have something tied on that you can throw at fish on the surface.

June 27

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 438.99 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures are in the low to mid-80s.  Clarity is pretty good.

It appears that the bass fishing is starting to slow down on Lake Greenwood, and the last few night tournaments have been won with a more typical 15-16 pounds.  Fish continue to be caught both deep and shallow, as it still has not gotten hot enough to make all the fish go out deep.  Topwater lures can be worked around bream beds and Pop-Rs will also catch fish around sea walls.

Stan finds that 15-20 feet is still the best depth range for fishing deep, and brush, rock flats, and humps will all produce.  Deep running crankbaits and Ole Monster worms Texas-rigged are still working the best.

June 21

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 438.96 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures are in the lower 80s.  Clarity is pretty good.

You can’t expect to catch 27 pounds everytime you go bass fishing, but Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that there are still some very good sacks coming out of Lake Greenwood.  In a tournament Saturday 25 pounds won, 19 took second, and Stan and his partner finished third with a solid 15.5 pound bag.

True to expectations the first and third place bags came deep, but there are still a good number of decent fish shallow where the second place bag was caught on topwater lures fished around bream beds.  It has not gotten hot enough yet to make all the fish go out deep.  Pop-Rs will also catch fish around sea walls.

Stan finds that 15-20 feet is still the best depth range for fishing deep, and brush, rock flats, and humps will all produce.  Deep running crankbaits and Ole Monster worms Texas-rigged are working the best right now.

Caught last Saturday on Lake Greenwood

Caught last Saturday on Lake Greenwood

June 3

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 439.04 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures are 82 first thing.  Clarity is good.

It’s not often that a veteran angler reports the best day of fishing of his life on a lake he regularly fishes, but that’s exactly what Stan Gunter of Saluda reports happened this Saturday on Lake Greenwood.  He and his partner landed at least 40 fish, most in the 2 ½ to 3 ½ pound range and plenty bigger, on the way to a 27+ pound bag and first place in the Outdoor Dream Foundation benefit tournament.  They threw back at least three fifteen pound limits!  While no one caught them like they did, fishing is excellent overall right now and there were several other big bags caught.  2ndplace had 25 pounds, 3rdhad 19, and there were several 18-pound bags.

First thing in the morning they caught a limit of fish throwing a Pop-R shallow around sea walls, and even though they ultimately culled all of these fish some other anglers had good limits that came shallow including a 6-pounder.

However, it’s the deep bite that is on right now and most of the fish they caught came in about 18 feet around rock.  15-20 feet is a good depth range, and brush, rock flats, and humps will all produce.

Right now the fish are very aggressive, and good fish including a 5-pounder and a 7-pounder came on a deep running crankbait.  But they actually hit a big Ole Monster worm Texas-rigged even better, and a 6-pounder came on the worm.  Early in the year when fish first go deep they will take big power baits, while later in the season once fish have been pressured Stan advises switching to more finesse baits like a drop shot.

The winning bag caught Saturday on Lake Greenwood

The winning bag caught Saturday on Lake Greenwood

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