Producing a mixed bag that would make any fisherman jealous, kayak fishing guide Zach Caldwell of Travelers Rest said Lake Greenwood is producing more striped bass, white bass, white perch and largemouth bass than at any other time of the year 

While many paddlers have put their kayaks and canoes away for the winter, Caldwell says he and friends from the Upstate Kayak Fishing Club have pretty much had the lake to themselves.

“Last Saturday, there were a good many boats on the lake, but Sunday morning when the weather turned nasty, it pretty much emptied the lake and turned the fishing on wide open,” said Caldwell (864-871-4366).

Although Caldwell and fishing buddy Saturday Mel caught some impressive largemouth bass, he indicated the pattern was working just as well for a variety of fish species. Concentrating their efforts on the main-channel area around the forks of the Saluda and Reedy rivers, Caldwell said it’s just a matter of locating baitfish in 20 feet of water and pulling flashy baits like Pro Shad Spins or Alabama rigs through the schools.

“I don’t think the striper action is as good now as it’s going to be over the next few weeks as the water temperatures continue to drop off,” said Caldwell. “Everything is keying on baitfish; all you have to do when you mark a school of bait on your graph is cast your bait out across the school, let it sink for about 10 seconds, reel as slow as you can and just hang on.”

Caldwell said the bass action is similar to last winter, when fishermen targeting striped caught more largemouth than stripers by simply finding schools of bait and trolling large baits and lures.

“I’m putting an albino-colored Fluke on the back of my jigheads,” Caldwell said. “They seem to love that color. Even the white bass and white perch are hitting that big bait – hard enough to get the hook.”

Paddling and pedaling a kayak somewhat limits the amount of “run-and-gun” fishing he can do, but Caldwell said chasing diving birds is another way to target schooling fish. Anytime the bait comes to the surface, seagulls and loons hone in on the bait and can be seen from long distances.