Capt. David Willard, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, fulltime professional guide specializing in hybrids, striped bass and trophy largemouth bass. Boat phone: (706) 214-0236. (803) 637-6379 (www.crockettstriperfishing.com) – Water temperature is 52 degrees, the lake is slightly stained and rising. I’m catching more fish during the afternoon after the lake heats up than I am in the cooler mornings. March is a transition month, with great fishing right around the corner. I’m catching fish on blueback herring pulled behind planer boards in the Parksville area in 6 to 12 feet of water.
William Sasser’s Guide Service, (Capt. William Sasser, 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), (Bradd) (706) 267-4313, (Andrew) (803) 507-5083 – We’ve had to do a lot of rescheduling this week because of inclement weather. Randy and Debbie Book, of Columbia, came out with us and caught a nice mess of crappies on small shiners fished over the tops of trees in 30 feet of water. We also fished a company trip from Garnto Industrial on a cold day and caught nine nice stripers on planer boards in 20 feet of water.
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Clarks Hill Herring Hut, (Capt. Bradd Sasser) (864) 333-2000 – Yellow perch are spawning in the river with nice fish being caught on medium minnows fished on the bottom below the dam. Congratulations to Tom Lewis for catching a Georgia state record fish of 2 pounds, 9 ounces. In the lake, bank fishermen are catching hybrids on live herring fished on the bottom on the major points. Nighttime cable fishing at the dam is catching a few fish. Meanwhile crappies are moving to the backs of coves to spawn.
Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland, (706) 722-8263 – Plans are being made to hold a bowfishing tournament on the ponds. Anyone who has the knowledge of how to operate such an event is asked to call Gene Kirkland. Last Saturday’s bass tournament winners were Robert Hughes and Josh Brasher with three bass weighing 4.22 pounds. No one caught a big fish so the $168 pot carries over until this week. The tournament continues this week and runs from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Memberships are still available. See Gene for details.
Brickyard report: Jimmy Locks caught four bass, 17 crappies and one yellow perch in the Garden Pond on minnows and jigs. Ray Smith caught six bass on crank baits and plastic worms in the Expressway Pond. Annette Baker caught 16 crappies, four catfish and one bass on minnows and worms in the Ditch. Jamie Hornsby caught 28 crappies and two bass on minnows in the Stick Pond. Lock and dam report (Savannah River): Joe Johnson caught 12 shellcrackers, one bass and six yellow perch on worms and minnows. John Forte caught two stripers on live shad. Gene Sullens caught nine redhorse suckers on red worms. Sue Jones and Margaret Horn caught eight channel catfish, nine bream and four yellow perch on worms and minnows.
Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com.) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – Inshore fishermen are still battling cold water conditions, with water temperatures hovering in the mid 50s. If you want to catch fish, you’ve got to go first! Mud minnows are great year-around baits. With artificial reefs being dominated by black sea bass, sheepshead have already moved back inshore, with bridge and dock pilings the places to try. Vemilion snapper season opens April 1, grouper season comes in May 1 and black sea bass season starts June 1.