Thurmond Lake is now 12 feet below full pool of 330 feet and continues to drop, but that doesn’t mean you should quit fishing.
The way I look at it, a smaller pool means an easier time to catch fish. But it also means to be very careful and keep one eye on your boat’s depthfinder.
The lake should turn over during the next few weeks. Simply stated, it means water on the lake’s bottom swaps places with that on the surface. You can easily tell when this happens. The lake’s color will become murky and you may see little bits of vegetation floating just beneath the surface. Albert Moody spotted those conditions around Horseshoe Island recently and also mentioned that the schooling had stopped. It had been going strong over several days.
The entire lake doesn’t turn over all at once. But once that phenomenon is over, schooling action should start up and last through the winter, with herring gulls joining the terns in helping fishermen spot the breaking fish. The birds tend to hover in one big flock over areas where the bait fish are being chased to the surface by the game fish. It’s a fun time for anglers.
Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington and Doug Pentecost), (706) 595-5582 --- Jack Owens and Billy Inglett, of Grovetown, caught 42 crappies on minnows. William Hawkins, of Raysville, caught 12 nice crappies on minnows.
William Sasser’s Guide Service, (Capt. William Sasser, Capt. Mark Crawford, Capt. Bradd Sasser, Capt. Andrew Tubbs, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, full time professional guides specializing in crappies, hybrids and striped bass). (706) 589-5468 (William), (706) 373-8347 (Mark), (Bradd) (706) 267-4313, (Andrew) (803) 507-5083 --- Randy and Debbie Book, their son, Dwayne Book and daughter Christina, Lexington, S.C., caught a limit of fish on an evening trip. We fished live herring 60 feet down in 70 feet of water in the mouth of Little River. The catch was a mix of hybrids and stripers. Andy Pye and Kathy Pye, North Augusta, caught a limit of fish closer to Modoc in the same water depth. All were good hybrids. Tommy Cunningham, Lincolnton, Ga., caught a limit of fish with Capt. Mark Crawford. Sometimes due to space limitations, fishing reports do not make it in their entirety on this page. But all the reports will appear in full online. Go to augustachronicle.com, click on sports, then outdoors and the fishing reports from last week will be available. Capt. Bradd Sasser says this past week’s report is a duplicate of the previous week’s, so go on line to check it out.
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NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAIN STREAMS
Carter and Hunter Morris, licensed professional guides specializing in fly fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout. (706) 833-1083 (www.flyfishingnorthgeorgia.com) (facebook.com/flyfishingnorthgeorgia)--- Carter: I had a trip with two great guys from Evans and the weather was just perfect for trout fishing: overcast with occasional showers and cool temperatures. They fished hard and were pretty good fly fishermen, but no fish were netted. Three days later, I had another trip on the same stream with a couple from Florida. Skies were bright blue and there was a ridge of high pressure over us. They landed 10 large rainbows, one nice brown and had two very large trout break their lines. We fished the same water as the Evans guys. Go figure. Streams are low and clear, but trout are becoming active again as water temperatures cool. Wear dark colors and be stealthy, using small dry flies and long leaders if you want to catch some nice north Georgia trout during September.
MERRY LAND BRICKYARD PONDS
Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland, (706 722-8263) --- Military personnel, senior citizens, you can fish for half-price. If you’re handicapped, you can fish for free. Contact the bait and tackle shop for details.
Brickyard report: We’ve been trying to start a bass tournament on Saturdays, starting at 7 a.m., but have had few participants. See the shop for details. Mel and Sharon Langston caught 26 shellcrackers in the Garden Pond on Louisiana pinks. Jerry and Aaron Skinner caught 35 bream and 14 crappies on minnows and worms in the Expressway Pond. Ed Jones and Buddy Clark caught 46 catfish in the Ditch on liver. Benny Clark caught 14 catfish and five carp in the Ditch on liver and doughballs. Lock and dam: Claude Dailey and Jerry Archer caught 76 mullet and 18 catfish on worms. Willie Clark and James Young caught 46 shellcrackers and 17 catfish. .
BEAUFORT, S.C. & VICINITY
Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 --- There are plenty of fish, but no fishermen. Inshore fishing is hot with spotted sea trout catches up and good bites for redfish, whiting and flounder. Spanish mackerel are schooling almost everywhere just offshore. King fish action is on the upswing. The weather has been great..
Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com.) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 --- Northeast winds have kept my boats at the dock all week. A limited harvest of red snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic starting at 12:01 a.m., today until 12:01 a.m., Sunday and during the same hours Sept. 21 until Sept. 24. Creel limit is one fish per angler. The Georgia DNR is working with NOAA Fisheries to collect data on the South Atlantic red snapper population. Georgia anglers can help by placing filleted red snapper carcasses in special chest freezers. Each freezer, located at marinas, fish camps and other places along the coast. Catch cards and plastic bags will be available at the freezers. A list of participating places is available from www.coastalgadnr.org. The same site has a short survey to be filled out by successful anglers, one of whom will win a $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card.