AHQ INSIDER Lake Greenwood (SC) Spring Fishing Report – Updated May 10
Lake Greenwood water levels are in the low to mid-70s, and water levels are at 439.1 (full pool is 440.0).
Unfortunately, not much has changed in the last couple of weeks with bass fishing on Lake Greenwood, and veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reports that fishing remains really tough. Basically, the fish still seem to be in a post-spawn funk.
One recent tournament was won with an impressive 22 pounds, but that was the exception that proved the rule. Instead of targeting post-spawn fish the winning angler caught three very nice fish off beds. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many fish left at that stage of the spawn.
Early in the morning you can catch fish with topwater lures fished around sea walls, but after the sun gets up it is hard to buy bites. The fish haven’t gotten out on the deep stuff yet, probably because it just hasn’t gotten hot enough, and the in-between fish are just not feeding that well. The best bet once the sun comes up is flipping docks and hoping for some bites.
Fortunately, bass aren’t the only species that swims in Lake Greenwood, and the catfish bite has been excellent. Captain Chris Simpson reports that drifting flats and creek runs with 5-15 feet of water has been the most successful pattern, and herring, shrimp and white perch have been the best baits.
In the lower half of the lake the down-rod bite for striped bass has been good fishing 10-22 feet down with live herring and shad.
Lake Greenwood water levels are at 438.99 (full pool is 440.0).
Bass fishing on Lake Greenwood has gotten plain old tough, and veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reports that it is not taking much to win recent tournaments. A very few fish are still on the beds and so some tournament fish are being caught that way, and there are also some fish being caught on shakey heads and jigs around docks and generally up shallow. It’s also worth throwing a small Pop-R around seawalls with a decent amount of water around them.
Overall, however, this post-spawn period on Lake Greenwood is living up to its difficult reputation.
Lake Greenwood water levels are at 435.88 (full pool is 440.0), and prior to the snow water temperatures were around 60 degrees and clarity was very good.
Bass fishing on Lake Greenwood jumped from winter to summer patterns very quickly, and up until this cold snap Stan was already finding fish on the beds. While the calendar said it was very early, considering the February temperatures it makes sense.
Prior to the snow Stan believed that most of the fish were already in shallow water, and he was doing all of his fishing from the bank out to 5 or 6 feet. That’s not to say that there weren’t some bass out deeper, but it seemed as though most of the fish were thinking about the spawn.
The prespawn bass Stan has been targeting have been staging in about 5-6 feet of water, and on a spinnerbait and Chatterbait Stan has been finding some pretty good fish at that depth. There have also been some bigger females pulling up around docks where you can flip for them.
Fish that are actively spawning or very close have been in main lake pockets, the backs of creeks and other traditional spawning areas. They have been very willing to eat topwater lures, and throwing a Bang-O-Lure or a floating worm around beds has been productive.
With the cold it’s anyone’s guess how fish will respond, but it seems likely that some fish will back off. Stan suggests fishing a shakey head worm around rocky points and other staging areas for fish that have not come up. Of course, once weather stabilizes again the spawn should be in full force.
Even though air temperatures have been unseasonably warm, Captain Chris Simpson reports that the baitfish continue to hold in 15-35 feet of water. This is ideal for the vertical jigging bite, and you can still catch a mixed bag of species and particularly white perch in 20-35 feet of around large schools of baitfish in 20-30 feet. Striped bass are also in the same areas.
As far as the catfish Chris says that they are still pretty scattered, but the majority are around the main river channel or deep flats in 15-30 feet of water. A few fish were moving shallow before the snow, but this weather should pull those out deeper. Drifting with cut herring or white perch has been working productive.