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Lake Russell (GA/SC) Summer Fishing Report – Updated August 4

  • by Jay

Striped Bass:  Excellent.  Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that striper fishing is about as good as it gets on Lake Russell, with numerous big fish between 20 and 35 pound caught recently.  The best pattern has been down-lining live herring in about 50 feet of water on the lower end of the lake.

Crappie: Good. Guide Wendell Wilson reports strong numbers of crappie are being caught fishing minnows over brush in 20-24 feet of water.

Catfish: Fair to good.  Guide Jerry Kotal reports that channel catfish are scattered across the lake in mid-depths and are feeding well on cut herring.

Bass: Fair.  Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) and Wendell Wilson report that largemouth bass are a little scarce but spotted bass can be caught off main lake points with a Spot Remover or a drop shot rig.  Fish can also be caught down-lining live herring in 20-40 feet of water.

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A big Lake Russell striper caught this summer
A big Lake Russell striper caught this summer on Guide Jerry Kotal’s boat