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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. Redbreast Sunfish

  2. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 34.21% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 13 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Lake Murray Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redbreast

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  3. Largemouth Bass

  4. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 21.05% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 8 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Lake Murray Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
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  5. Bluegill

  6. Bluegill

    There is a 13.16% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 5 Bluegill counted.

    Lake Murray Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

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  7. Dollar Sunfish

  8. Dollar Sunfish

    There is a 5.26% catch rate for Dollar Sunfish, based on 2 Dollar Sunfish counted.

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  9. Black Crappie

  10. Black Crappie

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 1 Black Crappie counted.

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  11. Chain Pickerel

  12. Chain Pickerel

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Chain Pickerel, based on 1 Chain Pickerel counted.

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  13. Channel Catfish

  14. Channel Catfish

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 1 Channel Catfish counted.

    Lake Murray Channel Catfish Counts Chart
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  15. Rainbow Trout

  16. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 1 Rainbow Trout counted.

    Lake Murray Rainbow Trout Counts Chart
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  17. Redear Sunfish

  18. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 1 Redear Sunfish counted.

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  19. Spotted Sunfish

  20. Spotted Sunfish

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Spotted Sunfish, based on 1 Spotted Sunfish counted.

    Lake Murray Spotted Sunfish Counts Chart
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Recommendations above based on 14 species of fish and 38 fish counted for February 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: 2/15/2024 11:49:36 AM

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


  7. The Slab
    The Slab


  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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