Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Channel Catfish--Lake Greenwood

I joined Capt. Chris Simpson of FightinDaBlues guide service ( on Lake Greenwood today and we had some good luck early with the channel catfish. Trolling over humps while using shrimp and cut bait, we caught a nice 6+pound channel cat which was followed by some smaller fish. 6 pounds may seem small by catfishing standards, but being the smallest of the three major catfish species, channel cats are definitely the fiercest fighters. Feeling the fight of the 6 pounder, I was expecting to see a 20-pound fish--they just fight that hard.

We reached double-digits on the number of fish caught, and though the bite slowed by lunch time, we boated a few more before the day was done. There are some potential trophy channel catfish on Lake Greenwood, so we practiced catch-and-release on the majority of today's catch. A few small ones went in the cooler to be fried, but the majority went back to grow and fight another day.

The water temperature warmed to over 64 degrees today, and Capt. Chris said the warming weather will have him catching them in shallow water within a week. He expects the fishing to improve in the coming days, and is happy to accomodate you on your next fishing adventure. Aside from fishing Lake Greenwood, he also fishes Lake Murray and Lake Monticello and each lake has unique characteristics that enable Capt. Chris to guide you to channel cats, flatheads, or blue cats. Visit his website at or call him at 864-992-2352.

PhotoByBrianCope: MidlandsOutdoors poses with a Lake Greenwood channel catfish.

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