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AHQ INSIDER Lake Greenwood (SC) Spring 2018 Fishing Report – Updated February 16

  • by Jay

The newest Lake Greenwood fishing report can be found at: http://www.anglersheadquarters.com/ahq-insider-lake-greenwood-sc-spring-2018-fishing-report/

February 16

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 437.13 (full pool is 440.0), and water temperatures are reaching 56 or higher on warm days.  Visibility is still pretty good despite the rains.

Lake Greenwood bassare truly starting to get into a spring pattern, and state BASS team boater Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that fish are hitting the banks and getting very shallow.  Fish can be caught in main lake pockets as well as from the middle of the creeks to the very backs, and they are already getting near the types of places where they will spawn.  It’s worth looking in spawning pockets for cruising fish.  Spinnerbaits, Rattle Traps and Shad Raps are all working.

No new catfish report from Captain Chris Simpson.

February 9

Lake Greenwood water levels have risen fast to 436.60 (full pool is 440.0), and water temperatures are as warm as the low 50s.  Much of the lake is stained to muddy with recent rains.

With the water dirty and rising a lot of Lake Greenwood basshave moved up, and state BASS team boater Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that throwing a Shad Rap around rocky points and an Alabama rig around boat ramps is catching fish.  There are a good number of fish in 8 feet of water or less, and for the A-rig in particular finding some dingy water is ideal.  There are probably some fish still out deep, but it’s apparent that most of the shad have started to move into the creeks and with temperatures warming up quickly they are certainly headed that way.

On the catfish front, Captain Chris Simpson reports that cold, muddy water has got the fish holding tight to the river and creek channels on Lake Greenwood.  Drifting cut bait in 20-30 feet is the best bet.

February 1

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 434.87 (full pool is 440.0), and water temperatures are around 46-48 degrees.  The upper end of the lake is getting muddy after recent rains.

Bassremain in a very similar pattern on Lake Greenwood, and state BASS team boater Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that jerkbaits, Alabama rigs, and jigging spoons are still the best baits, mainly in deeper areas.  Without any major change in the weather fish are still in a deep winter pattern.

On the catfish front, Captain Chris Simpson reports that the bite is pretty slow and the baitfish and fish are very close to the main river channel.  Drifting in and out and of the main channel with cut bait until you locate the depth where fish are holding on a particular day is the best bet.

January 18

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 436.60 (full pool is 440.0), and water temperatures are in the upper 40s.

Bassare truly in a winter pattern on Lake Greenwood, and state BASS team boater Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that jerkbaits and Alabama rigs are working well over deep brush in 15-18 feet and on ledges.  It’s also worth running steeper banks and throwing these baits.  The other main pattern is fishing a jigging spoons around creek and river channels, chiefly in about 25 feet of water.

No new catfish report from Captain Chris Simpson.

December 19

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 436.03 (full pool is 440.0), and water temperatures are around 50 degrees.  Clarity is normal.

It remains a mix of deep and shallower on Lake Greenwood, and State BASS Team boater Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that they are chiefly catching the bass two ways.

First is sitting the boat in 10-15 feet of water and casting towards the bank.  On this shallower pattern they are catching some fish on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits along the bank as well as off docks.

Second, they are catching fish on jigging spoons in the mouth of creeks and the main lake near or on the break of creek and river channels.  Most of the fish are coming within a few feet of 20 feet on the top edge of the ledge where it breaks off into the channel.

Captain Chris Simpson reports no change in the catfish bite.

Stan Gunter shows off a nice Greenwood bass caught recently
Stan Gunter shows off a nice Greenwood bass caught recently

December 14

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 436.26 (full pool is 440.0), and water temperatures are in the mid-50s.

State BASS Team boater Stan Gunter of Saluda reports that the water is getting colder on Lake Greenwood, and as a result bass are getting into a winter pattern.  While there are good fish to be caught deep on a jigging spoon and the like, there are also some nice ones in 6 feet or less.  In creek ditches a suspended jerkbait is working well, and squared-billed crankbaits are also producing.  When it is cold on Greenwood there are still a lot of good fish to be found feeding shallow on shad in the creeks.

In catfish news, Captain Chris Simpson says that reports indicate that baitfish are starting to gather up pretty thick in or near the main river channel and some of the big feeder creek channels.  Catfish are right there with them.  On the upper half of the lake they are in 15-25 feet, and on the lower half 25-35 feet.  Drift the areas with the best concentrations of bait with cut herring, perch or shad.

December 1

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 437.06 (full pool is 440.0), and water temperatures down the lake are in the low 60s but several degrees cooler in the upper 50s in the river.

Tournament bass angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria caught 17 pounds for 3rd place in a recent tournament on Greenwood, and he reports that the bite was pretty good and he caught about 20-30 fish over the course of the day.  From what he saw all of the fish were oriented to a channel, and up the lake that meant fishing the river channel and down the lake creek channels.  Points that ran into the channel also held fish.   He caught fish on a jerkbait early, a spoon, and his best fish on an Alabama rig.  Reports indicated that a lot of the better sacks came on a spoon.  The key depth range seemed to be 30-35 feet.

Andy Wicker caught this double practicing on Lake Greenwood
Andy Wicker caught this double practicing on Lake Greenwood

In catfish news, Captain Chris Simpson says that reports indicate that the pattern is still similar on Lake Greenwood but the bite is only “fair.”  Fish are super scattered, and drifting between the flats and channels and covering lots of water is key.

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