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AHQ INSIDER Lake Greenwood (SC) Fall Fishing Report – Updated November 30

  • by Jay

November 30

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 436.26 (full pool is 440.00) and water temperatures are in the low 60s.  Clarity is good.

It’s getting to be that time of year for bass fishing on Lake Greenwood when some of the best bags are caught on that “one” particularly bait.  Veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reports that the Alabama rig season is fast approaching, and in the benefit tournament this weekend some of the best bags were caught on the A-rig.  While this bite will only get better as temperatures drop, already fish are being caught on it in a range of depths.  Some fish are being caught on the A-rig around docks with some decent water depth around them, while some fish are being caught on the rig over brush in 15-18 feet of water.

There is also a decent bite on floating worms, too.  Stan says that there is an absolute ton of eel grass in the lake right now, and he has had some luck fishing the worm around it.

Overall, most of the bass are in the main lake or the main part of the creek right now, and there is very little going on in the backs.

Catfishfishing remains pretty good on Lake Greenwood, and Captain Chris Simpson

reports that drifting main lake flats in 10-15 feet of water is still an effective pattern.  However, warm temperatures have caused fish to spread out some and anglers need to do a little work to make sure they are in the best zones.

Chris finds that the white perchbite isn’t quite as good as good as several weeks ago, but he is still catching a fair number of perch on spoons in 18-25 feet of water.

The striped bass bite isn’t as good as it usually is at this time of year, probably because of unseasonably warm conditions, but some fish are being caught pulling live herring and shad on free-lines and planer boards across points and humps.  Some fish are also being caught chasing early season birds and throwing artificials at fish on the surface.  It is hoped and expected that incoming cooler temperatures will get the striper bite back on track.

A nice Greenwood striper caught recently on Captain Chris Simpson's boat
A nice Greenwood striper caught recently on Captain Chris Simpson’s boat

November 4

Lake Greenwood water levels are down to 436.83 and water temperatures are in the low 70s.  Clarity is normal.

Catfishfishing remains about the same on Lake Greenwood, and Captain Chris Simpson reports that drifting main lake flats in 10-15 feet of water with cut herring and shad is still working.  Some nice flatheads are also still being caught anchoring on points and fishing live bream and perch.

The biggest change is in the white perchbite, and jigging ½ ounce spoons in 18-25 feet of water around large schools of bait is starting to produce.  In addition to pretty good numbers of perch this is a good way to catch other bonus species including bass, striper and more.

Bass news to follow.

October 19

Lake Greenwood water levels are down to 437.43 while water temperatures have jumped back up to around 76 degrees.  Clarity is normal.

Water temperatures may not be falling each day, but the overall trend over the last couple of weeks has been cooling.  As a result veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reports that bassfishing is improving and fish are starting to make their way into the creeks – although he still advises mainly fishing the main lake or the front half of creeks.

Overall the best pattern is running the banks and fishing rocky areas, which cool off overnight and attract bait and fish.  Fish are shallow, and Stan advises concentrating on 12 – 18 inches of water out to 4-5 feet.  Some good fish have been caught on buzzbaits fished around the banks, and square-billed crankbaits have also been working.  Shakey head worms and jigs fished around docks have also been good.

Captain Chris Simpson reports no change in the catfishpattern from last week.

A nice Greenwood channel cat caught this week on Captain Chris Simpson's boat
A nice Greenwood channel cat caught this week on Captain Chris Simpson’s boat

October 13

Lake Greenwood water levels are down to 437.64 and water temperatures are around 74 degrees.  Clarity is normal.

The recommended pattern for Lake Greenwood bass fishing hasn’t changed, and even with the storm and cooler temperatures Captain Chris Simpson reports that the catfishpattern is also about the same.  However, the bite has improved pretty significantly, and drifting main lake flats in 10-15 feet of water with cut herring and shad they are catching good fish.  Some nice flatheads are also still being caught anchoring on points and fishing live bream and perch.

Some nice Greenwood channel catfish caught this week on Captain Chris Simpson's boat
Some nice Greenwood channel catfish caught this week on Captain Chris Simpson’s boat

September 29

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 438.16, and water temperatures are around 83 degrees.  The mid-lake has a bit of color and closer to the dam is pretty clear.

Water degrees are still warm on Lake Greenwood, but veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reports that bass are starting to get into an early fall pattern.  For now Stan advises sticking to pockets, coves and small creeks in or just off the main lake, but soon shad and in turn predators will start to head up the creeks.  Stan also advises concentrating on the middle part of the lake from about the main lake up to the metal trestle.

Buzzbaits, floating worms and shakey head worms are the main baits Stan recommends throwing right now, and he will often throw the buzzbait all day.  On Greenwood he likes a white buzzbait with a chartreuse trailer and will fish it around dock walkways as well as along the bank.  Like the buzzbait he will throw the floating worm in 3 or 4 feet of water and less, and he likes the color methiolate on Greenwood.  If those baits are not hooking up then Stan will turn to a shakey head worm and throw it around little rocky places and docks.

Captain Chris Simpson reports no change with catfish.

September 22

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 438.22, and water temperatures are in the low 80s.  Clarity remains good.

There is good news on the Lake Greenwood catfish front, and Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the drift bite is good for channel catfish on main lake flats in 10-15 feet of water.  Cut herring and shad are both working.  Some nice flatheads are also being caught anchoring on points and fishing live bream and perch.

A nice Greenwood channel just caught on Captain Chris Simpson's boat
A nice Greenwood channel just caught on Captain Chris Simpson’s boat

Veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reports no change on the bass fishing, but believes that any time now fishing should start to pick up as fish move shallower and into the creeks for a fall feed.

September 8

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 438.9.  Water clarity is pretty good and surface temperatures have dropped into the mid-80s.

Veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reports that Lake Greenwood bass fishing is still really tough, and it’s hard to find a consistent pattern right now.  There is a little bit of action up the rivers, but overall fishing won’t get good until temperatures cool off a bit and then fish start to follow bait into the creeks.  For now a decent pattern is throwing a buzzbait early and then flipping a jig or worm around wood and docks.  Concentrate on cover with about 10 feet of water or more over it, as fish have not come up yet.

Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the catfish bite is pretty much unchanged, with the best pattern still anchoring and fan casting dip baits in 5-20 feet of water around points and humps across the lake.  As temperatures cool fishing will improve and drift fishing is already starting to get marginally better.

A nice channel caught on Chris Simpson's boat
A nice channel caught on Chris Simpson’s boat

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