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Lake Wylie Fishing News and Report (Updated August 21)

  • by Jay

Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that drifting continues to produce good numbers of catfish on Lake Wylie, and he is still catching a pretty good mix of blue and channel cats.  Instead of concentrating on the flats or river ledges – which will still probably produce fish – recently Rodger has been catching fish over humps found in major creeks in the middle portion of the lake. 15-25 feet of water has been a target depth range, and he expects this pattern to hold up for some time.

In addition to daytime fishing, Rodger reminds anglers that night-time is still an excellent time to pursue catfish on Lake Wylie.  At times the bite can be better, but temperatures are almost definitely more pleasant and boat traffic lighter.  Night time is also the best time to pick up a nice flathead on live bait, and blues can also be caught after dark.

A nice flathead caught at night on Captain Rodger Taylor's boat
A nice flathead caught at night on Captain Rodger Taylor’s boat

Bass: Slow to fair.  As can be seen in recent Thursday Night Tournament Trail events on Lake Wylie where it has taken less than 15 pounds to win, the heat of August can be a tough period to catch fish on Lake Wylie.  FLW Professional and Guide Matt Arey (704-484-7715) reports that there is still a deep pattern on Lake Wylie where anglers can fish around humps, deep main lake points, the areas where creek channels swing in front of points, and other depth changes in 15-30 feet of water.  However, instead of bigger baits thrown earlier in the summer, in August finesse lures such as small worms are more effective since the schools have been beat on for so long.  Similarly, there is still some shallow activity from fish up feeding on bream, but with the spawn winding down this bite is also dwindling.  Overall, Matt says that August on Lake Wylie is a junk fisherman’s month as you may have 15 rods on the deck and still wish you had more options!  By September there will be more topwater activity and some fish will be starting to school as the shad begin to migrate into the creeks, but for now getting bit is a struggle and you may have to try a lot of different things.