Lake Greenwood is at 436.36 and water temperatures are climbing.
Crappie: Good to very good. Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that the crappie bite has been strong over the last week and a half. Long-line trolling with jigs seems to be the most consistent fish producer, and most fish are suspending 3-8 feet deep in 10-20 feet of water. Main lake areas near the mouths of creeks and coves have been the better areas. Some of the warmer days have caused fish to move midway into some of the warmer creeks and coves, but they will usually pull back out to the mouths by the next morning as temperatures drop overnight – for now. Jig color has to be determined by the angler on that particular day as it has been a variety of different colors working from day to day.
Largemouth Bass: Good. Veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reports that while anglers are still catching good numbers of fish on Lake Greenwood the bite is changing, and instead of an Alabama rig, winter bite fish are getting in pre-spawn mode. They are staging in the mouths of creeks to about halfway back, and they are starting to creep on up towards their eventual spawning areas. Figure out where the fish will eventually be spawning and then work backwards, because Stan does not believe that bass are too far off from actually getting on beds. He expects things to progress quickly this year because of the long winter and then rapid warming lately. Rattle Traps and spinnerbaits are good bets right now, and Stan suggests keeping your boat in no more than 10 feet of water and casting up shallower.
Catfish: Fair. Captain Chris Simpson reports that the bite remains fair and catfish are being caught by drifting in, along and across the river channels. Herring and shad are the best baits right now. Look for fish to start moving onto and scattering across shallow flats as the water warms and baitfish start to move into these areas; when that happens the fishing should take a turn for the better.
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