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AHQ INSIDER Lake Russell (GA/SC) Summer Fishing Report – Updated June 9

  • by Jay

The newest Lake Russell fishing report, updated July 1, can be found at:

June 9

Lake Russell water levels are at 474.26 (full pool is 475.00) and water temperatures are 80 degrees and slightly above.

As is expected once water temperatures reach the 80s, Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports that the Russell bass bite has gotten a little slow.  You can still catch fish but they are getting deeper, and unlike in the winter when there is some of the best fishing of the year they are suspended – not relating to the bottom.  Particularly with the Russell trees this makes them harder to catch.

The best ways to catch them are with a drop shot and worm (or live bait), or with a big crankbait.  Most of the fish are in 20-25 feet so you need a deep diver.  The main lake is the best area to fish, and Jerry doesn’t mess with the creeks much once it gets this hot.

You can also pick up some smaller spotted bass fishing a shakey head off points.

Guide Jerry Kotal shows off a fat spot caught fishing alone on Russell
Guide Jerry Kotal shows off a fat spot caught fishing alone on Russell

In contrast, the catfish bite is very good right now.  Catfish are scattered across the lake in a variety of depths, and some of the fish are in 4-5 feet while others are in 10-20 feet.  They could be off points, humps or in the backs of pockets, and you just have to keep moving until you find them.  Cut bait and catalpa worms will both work well for channels.