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Lake Murray Fishing

Lake Murray Fishing

Lake Murray is a man-made reservoir located in the state of South Carolina, USA. Fed by the Saluda River, it was completed in 1930 to provide hydroelectric power to the region and to serve as a source of drinking water. Lake Murray is approximately 50,000 acres (20,000 hectares) in size, and has roughly 650 mi (1,050 kilometres) of shoreline. The Saluda Dam is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long and 220 feet (67 m) high. Lake Murray is 41 miles (66 km) long, and 14 miles (23 km) wide at its widest point. At the time when the lake was finished, it was the world's largest man-made reservoir. Today, Lake Murray remains a popular recreational destination, offering opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and other outdoor activities.

Lake Murray is known for its excellent fishing opportunities, with a variety of fish species that attract anglers from all over. Largemouth bass are one of the most sought-after fish species in Lake Murray, and the lake is home to many trophy-sized fish Striped bass, also known as striper or rockfish, are another popular fish species in Lake Murray. They are most commonly caught during the cooler months, typically from November to March, when they are feeding on baitfish in the deeper parts of the lake. Catfish are plentiful in Lake Murray, with both Channel and Blue Catfish found in the lake. Crappie are also abundant in Lake Murray, and they can be caught throughout the year. They are typically found around brush piles, docks, and other structures in the lake, and are often caught using jigs or live minnows. Bream, which include several species of sunfish, are a common catch in Lake Murray. They are often caught using worms or crickets as bait. Overall, Lake Murray offers excellent fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels, and is considered one of the best freshwater fishing destinations in the southeastern United States.



Lake Murray Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Lake Murray, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Bluegill

  2. Bluegill

    There is a 28.44% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 31 Bluegill counted.

    Lake Murray Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

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  3. Chain Pickerel

  4. Chain Pickerel

    There is a 17.43% catch rate for Chain Pickerel, based on 19 Chain Pickerel counted.

    Lake Murray Chain Pickerel Counts Chart
    Chain

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  5. Redbreast Sunfish

  6. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 15.6% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 17 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Lake Murray Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redbreast

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  7. Dollar Sunfish

  8. Dollar Sunfish

    There is a 5.5% catch rate for Dollar Sunfish, based on 6 Dollar Sunfish counted.

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    Dollar

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  9. Largemouth Bass

  10. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 5.5% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 6 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Lake Murray Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
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  11. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

  12. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

    There is a 3.67% catch rate for Pumpkinseed Sunfish, based on 4 Pumpkinseed Sunfish counted.

    Lake Murray Pumpkinseed Sunfish Counts Chart
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  13. Warmouth

  14. Warmouth

    There is a 3.67% catch rate for Warmouth, based on 4 Warmouth counted.

    Lake Murray Warmouth Counts Chart
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  15. White Perch

  16. White Perch

    There is a 3.67% catch rate for White Perch, based on 4 White Perch counted.

    Lake Murray White Perch Counts Chart
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  17. Smallmouth Bass

  18. Smallmouth Bass

    There is a 2.75% catch rate for Smallmouth Bass, based on 3 Smallmouth Bass counted.

    Lake Murray Smallmouth Bass Counts Chart
    Smallmouth

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  19. American Shad

  20. American Shad

    There is a 1.83% catch rate for American Shad, based on 2 American Shad counted.

    Lake Murray American Shad Counts Chart
    American

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Recommendations above based on 18 species of fish and 109 fish counted for June around Lake Murray.

To date, there are 35 species of fish and a total of 1792 fish counted for Lake Murray and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/7/1931 (93 years).

Last Update: 6/13/2024 3:02:23 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Lake Murray are the following:

  1. Buffalo Creek Log Jam
    Lots of fallen trees in the water in this little pocket that holds bass and crappie.


  2. Lunch Island Ledge
    Good ledge to the river channel on this side of the island.


  3. Spawning Beds
    Good place to work for bass during spawning.


  4. Largemouth Bass980


  5. Striped Bass124
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  6. The Slab
    The Slab


  7. Goat Island Ledge
    Good ledge to deep water on this side of the island.


  8. Rocky Shore
    Lots of rip rap along the bank to work for bass. Also a couple of old boat ramps here that hold fish.


  9. Redbreast Sunfish


  10. Tree1


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Top Lake Murray Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Barron's Outfitters
    Barron's Outfitters was founded in 1947 by Charlie Barron. He supplied the hunting and fishing needs of sportsmen in the midlands of South Carolina for over 65 years. Barron's the store and tradition has been upheld over the past 65 plus year

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Top Lake Murray Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Sunrise Fishing Guide Services


  2. Frank's Fly Arts - Fly Fishing Guide Service


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Top Lake Murray Marinas

  1. Lighthouse Marina
    Located on beautiful Lake Murray in South Carolina, Lighthouse Marina is your most convenient access to a calming, capitol city getaway. Lake Murray is a perfect setting for boating, personal watercraft, wakeboarding, water sports, sailing, Bass and

  2. Lake Murray Marina & Yacht Club, Inc.
    Drive through the Marina Bay entrance, and our dockhands will be awaiting your arrival to assist you with any needs you may have. Customer Service is our passion, and our staff is trained to provide you with a safe and enjoyable experience each and e

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