Fishing Is Fun!

Fishing Is Fun!

Three beautiful lakes provide year-round fishing in the Old 96 District. Known as South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast, these lakes are great for beginners as well as expert fishermen.

Lake Greenwood
Beautiful rolling hills and tall forests await your arrival on Lake Greenwood’s sparkling 11,400 acres of crystal-clear water along the border of Greenwood and Laurens Counties. Each year the lake is stocked with over 280,000 striped bass, assuring anglers of an action-packed day on the water. According to the Department of Natural Resources, compilation of creel survey data of South Carolina’s eight major reservoirs, Greenwood ranks first in number of crappie caught per acre and third in largemouth bass. It is known as a strong summertime lake. A public landing can be found at Lake Greenwood State Park.

Lake Richard B. Russell
Located mostly in Abbeville County, Lake Russell has about 550 miles of shoreline and covers 26,650 acres. Around 1,500 acres of the lake are flooded timber, an excellent habitat for largemouth bass, bream, crappie, catfish and trout. Bass and crappie are best in Spring. Lake Russell offers exceptional bluegill fishing for a large reservoir. Traditionally, the best fishing for bedding bluegill takes place in May and June. There are more than twelve public access points on the South Carolina side of Lake Russell.

Lake Thurmond
One of the largest inland bodies of water in the South, Lake Thurmond has a shoreline of 1,200 miles and covers 71,100 acres. Lake Thurmond features white, striped and hybrid bass and holds good populations of largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. Excellent hybrid and striper fishing begins in late April and early May. Lake Thurmond is the largest man-made body of water east of the Mississippi River.