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It was a fortunate confluence of events leading me to Lake Greenwood last week. This late February, March and early April I got hooked on shallow crappie fishing on the lower end of Lake Murray, and I was disappointed when the fish made their annual move deeper. This year I have also been getting regularLake Greenwood fishing reports from Guide Daniel Skipper, and all year I have been very impressed by his knowledge of the lake as well as his catch rate. But I was intrigued when – even as the weather got very hot – he was still catching Lake Greenwood crappie around relatively shallow brush. I most certainly was not, and so I was pleased when Daniel had an afternoon slot available to take a buddy and me out on Lake Greenwood to try and fill a cooler with crappie and teach us about the fishery.

July 23

Morning surface water temperatures are about 83 degrees Hilton Head.  There are tons of small shrimp around and more big ones should be on the way. Finger mullet are also prolific.  

Summer in Hilton Head usually means abundant tarpon, but Captain Kai Williams (843-816-7475) reports

July 23

Lake Jocassee is up to 98.9% of full pool after all this rain. While the main lake is still clear the creeks are very dirty by Jocassee standards. Morning surface water temperatures on the big water are 78-80 degrees. 

It’s no surprise that the trout have gone deep on Lake Jocassee, and Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports

July 23

Morning surface water temperatures are about 83 degrees around Beaufort and the water is dirty. From mullet to menhaden to shrimp there is tons of bait in the area.

It’s still the case that an abundance of food means that that the redfish aren’t feeding especially well at lower stages of the tide, but Captain Tuck Scott with Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports

July 23

Lake Greenwood water levels are at 439.13 (full pool is 440.0) and morning surface water temperatures are around 85 degrees. 

There are still basically two ways to fish for bass on Lake Greenwood, and veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports

July 22

Clarks Hill water levels are up to 330.29 (full pool is 330.00) and morning surface water temperatures are 85-86 degrees.  

There are a few different patterns for catching bass right now on Clarks Hill, but overall Tyler Matthews of Evans, GA reports

July 22

Lake Monticello surface water temperatures are in the mid-80s, warmer on the lower end near the power plant, and the lake is still clear. Water levels fluctuate daily.

There’s not a lot of change with the bass fishing on Lake Monticello, and tournament angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports

July 22

Inshore surface water temperatures around Edisto Island are up to 85 degrees in the morning, and clarity is good. There are tons of finger mullet and white shrimp in the creeks and so bait is no problem.   

There has been some improvement with the fishing around Edisto, and Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

July 22

Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.65 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.56 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Morning surface water temperatures are about 84 degrees and the lower lake is still very clear. 

It’s still a really good catfish bite on Santee, and Captain Stevie English (843-709-8138) reports

July 22

Lake Wateree is at 96.7% of full pool and morning surface water temperatures are around 84 degrees. Despite the rain at least the lower end still just has a normal amount of stain. 

For some time now the better bass bite on Lake Wateree has been shallow, but tournament angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden reports

July 21

Inshore surface water temperatures are in the mid-80s around Charleston. 

It’s not a bad time for fishing in the Charleston area, and Redfin Charters (843-277-5255) reports

July 21

Lake Murray water levels have jumped up about 6 inches to 357.97 (full pool is 360.00) and the rivers are getting muddy while the main lake still looks pretty good. Morning surface water temperatures on the big water have dropped to about 82 degrees. 

It may be late July but it’s still a really good bass bite on Lake Murray, and tournament angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria (fresh off his third straight top-3 Tuesday night tournament result with his father Steve) reports

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