Bass fishing is excellent year-round in the Carolinas, but any time the possibility exists to hook and land dozens of black bass in a day of fishing, it’s time to get the gear and go.
From mid-October though the end of the year, Lake Richard B. Russell on the Savannah River along the South Carolina-Georgia border becomes a spotted bass factory, spitting out daily catches that can reach near triple digits of black bass a distinct possibility.
The key is to identify the how, when and where to locate these aggressive bass.
Jerry Kotal, who guides for a number of species on Lake Russell, specializes in fishing for bass in November and December.
“It’s exciting and fast-paced bass fishing and likely the most-consistently productive fishing of the year for me,” Kotal said. “The key to big catches is location, location and location, because they are often schooled tight to distinct targets and are typically aggressive on the bite. Even in the cool and dropping water temperatures, we load up on quantity and quality spotted bass. I believe as the water temperature drops, the fishing actually seems to get better in late November and through December.”
Lake Russell literally has forests of submerged standing trees, and Kotal’s preferred tactic is to find bass by using electronics on open areas not littered with trees. He searches for a three-point combination of open-water clean humps or points, bass marked on or near the bottom and forage fish graphed at mid-depths or near the bottom.
“The combination of those three factors creates ideal situations that give me high