There's no arguing that trout prefer cold water, and August is the time of year that typically means few trout on the stringer.

That's not the case, however, on Lake Jocassee right now.

According to Capt. Steve Pietrykowski, of Fishki Business (864-353-3438) the trout bite is staying steady.

"It's not too bad for this time of year, and we're catching limits of good fish," Pietrykowski said. "It's still patient-man's fishing, and you have to put your time in, but the fish are well worth it."

Although numbers aren't as good as they were in the early season, the size of fish being caught has been above average. Fish are averaging around 15 inches, with the occasional lunker thrown in.

"The fish are starting to work their way into the thermocline, and we've been able to be target the fish at a certain depth," Pietrykowski said. "But, we're not far from having it slow down. Typically, around the end of September, the fishing gets tough, but right now it's still good."

To catch the best fish, Pietrykowski recommends targeting depths of 65 to 85 feet on the troll. He prefers to use a downrigger setup, but has had some success with leadcore line. He maintains a trolling speed under 2 miles per hour and uses flutter spoons, Apex trolling lures or large shiners, if you prefer live bait.

Mid-morning to early afternoon has held the most-consistent bite along the lake's main channel.