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  • Cold Weather Cats on Lake Murray

    “Typically, this is the best time of the year for cat fishing on Lake Murray,” according to Capt. Chris Simpson of Fightin Da Blues Guide Service.

    The catfish are scattered this time of the year and the fish will hit throughout the whole day. This is why Simpson will start fishing in 25 feet of water in the creeks and then move out to 60 feet in the river channels.

    Simpson’s main type of fishing is slow trolling six rods with cut herring and dragging the bottom for catfish. The catfish will hold up in holes, off humps, or off the drops on the creeks or river channels.

    Simpson says that he mainly catches channel cats weighing between 5-15 pounds and followed by a few blues that can weigh anywhere between 20-30 pounds. Occasionally, he will catch a flathead from 4-30 plus pounds, and some white cats that are the “biggest in the state.”

    So if you want to bring home a cooler full of catfish and don’t mind cold weather fishing, call Capt. Chris at (864) 992-2352 or check him out at

    South Carolina Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley