Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wateree River Bream Fishing

The bream bite on the Wateree River is picking up. After all the recent rains, the water levels of the river fluctuated greatly in a short period of time. With no rain in the last few days, things have calmed down and the river is at a good level for navigating and fishing. The bream are spread out, so when you find a good bream hole, it's best to stay put until the bite forces you to leave. Bedding should pick up soon though and they will be easier to find.

Bluegills and shellcracker are being caught out of holes right next to each other, and they are both biting crickets and worms. Artificial lures like Mepps Aglia Spinners are not particularly effective right now, but a few bigger fish are being caught on such lures. Fish are hitting at depths of 3-6 feet, and when you find some bluegills but aren't catching any shellcracker, go about 18 inches deeper and you should pick some up.

Fish around the inside bends where the current is slacker, and you should find fish around any structure like fallen trees. Pay special attention to the big root balls of toppled trees that are lying in the river.

PhotosByBrianCope: A mixed bag of bluegills and shellcrackers crowds Joie McCutchen's stringer.

Joie shows off this shellcracker she caught on a Mepps Aglia spinner.

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