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  • Broad River-High but Fishable

    The Broad River continues to run high after all the rain that fell in the past month or so, but Mike McSwain of Broad River Smallmouth (843-763-3805) said the bite is still strong. He has had to look harder for the fish on some days, but he said he has found them each trip. The one big difference in fishing he sees with the high water is that more largemouth are biting than normal. While smallmouth typically dominate the bite while fishing this river, McSwain said largemouth have made up about 1/2 of each day's catch lately.

    As far as lures go, McSwain said you really can't go wrong no matter what you throw. Mepp's Black Fury and Aglia spinners continue to be go-to baits, and soft plastic crawdads are always a good bet. Rat-L-Traps, and an array of topwater lures are producing too.

    McSwain said the water level is coming down, but that on some days they are running more water out of the dam, which can make things get hairy real quick. Still, he said he hasn't regretted any day he's spent on the Broad, and said anglers who let the high water keep them from fishing are missing out on a lot of quality fish.

    Brian Cope
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter