Lake Russell Fishing Report November 2014
Russell: Level: 1.0 feet below full pool. Temp: 65-69 degrees. Clarity: Mostly clear.
Bass: Kerry Partain reports, “The bass fishing is sporadic right now with fish in a couple different patterns. You can catch a lot of spots in some of the major creek pockets, especially if there is some scattered timber. Most of the fish seem to be holding in 10 to 20 feet, and you can catch them on a drop shot once you locate them. As you search for shad and bass activity, you can catch them on a crankbait and a jig on the deeper rocks and timber. There is some scattered schooling fish in the creeks, but they have been hard to pattern and even tougher to catch. As we get some cooler weather and the water temps cool below 60, I expect the bass to really turn on as they feed up on shad in the pockets, ditches and creeks. Once you locate big schools of shad and bass, you can catch them fast on a spoon and a drop shot.” Guide Wendell Wilson reports, “Mostly spotted bass is what we’re catching. The best pattern is to fish the long coves off the main Savannah River channel in the mid section of the lake. Get in about 20 to 30 feet of water, which is where the threadfin shad schools are. We’ve been chasing those bass that are with the bait. If you find brushpiles, even better. If you see fish working on top, use a Pop-R with a crappie-jig trailer. And a No. 5 Shad Rap will work doing that. The spoon is starting to work a little, but mostly we’re using a drop-shot rig with a 4-inch worm in some shade of green. Fish it around the bait schools and in the brushpiles. That bite should gradually slide a little bit deeper, but the next couple of weeks it should be the same.”
Crappie: Very good. Wendell reports, “There’s not much variation in the bass pattern, except the crappie are in 15 to 20 feet of water. They’re biting minnows 8 to 12 feet down. We’re catching very good size and very good numbers.”
Perch: Wendell reports, “White and yellow perch are in that 20- to 30-foot range. If you get on the right flat, you can do real well with minnows fished right off the bottom.”
Stripers: Wendell reports, “Very scattered. October is a tough month on Russell, but they get better toward the end of November. Look for the gulls to start showing up later in the month, and then you can pinpoint the feeding stripers much easier.”
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