Warmwater species occurring in the lower Saluda River include chain pickerel, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, carp, channel catfish, spotted sucker, yellow perch, sandbar shiner, and gizzard shad. Many times I have been fishing on the river and had a curious muskrat swim up to within 5 feet of my kayak. Both kayaks turned broadside as they were swept out of the rapid and nearly hit Dawson as he darted behind a rock. It is fed by the water straight from the bottom of the lake that is rich in oxygen and is around 65 degrees all year. The Lower Saluda River is the tailrace of Lake Murray. Although the trout are stocked yearly, it is highly debatable that they have begun to reproduce in the river. Catch one and release it. The striped bass migrate up from the Santee-Cooper lake system, through the locks, and all the way up to the dam at the base of Lake Murray. Ryan screamed out encouragement as Dawson and Daniel paddled against the mighty Congaree. He landed the fish, took a picture and released it as we are not allowed to keep fish in this section of river during the summer. Striper are seasonal fish in the river. Popular activities on the Lower Saluda includes fishing for trout and striped bass, whitewater and flatwater paddling, and tube floating. For many years Columbia, SC has hidden a well kept secret in the fly fishing world - one of the farthest south tailwater trout fishing opportunities in the country on the Lower Saluda River. Charlee and I paddled down stream to meet up with the rest of the group at about noon and passed countless tubers along the way. The cold turbid water of the Saluda almost super charges the stiper. Fed by a mix of threadfin shad, blueback herring and crawfish, Keowee spots are plump and plentiful. The Magazine Premium Theme by bavotasan.com. Since the Saluda is a tailrace of a lake, the flow can be raised and lowered how they please. There are few places outside of the mountains where trout, stripers, cold water, and rapids exist in such an easy to reach place as downtown Columbia, and it is well worth the trip to explore. Size limit & exceptions: 5 fish per day and 21-inch minimum size limit in the following areas: 11) Broad River from the lock and dam of the Columbia Canal to its confluence with lower Saluda River; Saluda River Discussion in 'SOUTH CAROLINA RIVERS TALK' started by jkesler, Apr 26, 2006. jkesler Guest. Ryan made it past a swift current and rested in an eddy behind a rock where the current was slack. Apr 26, 2006 #2 . Learning the secret to catching striped bass on the Saluda River took several trips, but I consider a fishing trip to be successful as long as I learned something about the fish that will help me on a future trip. May 27, 2020 I have seen the river go from only a few feet to well over 15 feet in a matter of 30 minutes before. Kayaks are much more stealthier than traditional boats. I personally think … The journey Stiper have to go through in order to get to the lower Saluda is an amazing one. Charlee and I paddled the canoe full speed into the rapid and followed the initial course successfully. The Saluda is FILLED with rocks, trees, and branches that the fish know will set them free. Nearly the only way to do it’s out of a kayak. Charlee and I drifted with the current, casting and retrieving our lines, then would paddle up river when nearing the end of our section. The ten miles of the Lower Saluda River is a tailrace from Lake Murray and is indeed over 100 miles from the mountains. Whether that knowledge is learned from a more experienced fisherman or by trial and error, a fisherman can always improve their strategy. I do a fair amount of fly fishing for landlocked striped bass on the Lower Saluda River here in SC & would like to know if some bamboo rods can handle a 7 weight line & throw big weighted flies … Several fisherman approached the bank and three kayakers launched below the rapids. We repeated the process several times and I was paddling up river when Charlee’s rod snapped tight. The Middle Saluda River and its tributary stream, Coldspring Branch, are both included. Striper- the target species of the saluda. Saluda River is a stream located just 1.1 miles from West Columbia, in Lexington County, in the state of South Carolina, United States. Keeping one of even trophy size is against the law. All Rights Reserved. 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Charlee kept pressure on the fish and we finally had the fish in the boat. Meanwhile on the Congaree River, Ryan, Dawson, and Daniel were struggling to hold their position in the swift current and the muddy water was creating less than ideal fishing circumstances. One important thing to remember when you see fish following your lure is not to change the rate of retrieval. South Saluda River, South Carolina fishing report, rainbow trout fly fishing forecast, fishing season updates, fly shop and fishing guides, and fly-fishing weather. Almost the only way to do it is out of a kayak. I have met people that come as far as Florida to experience the man-made rapids that can rival many of the northern rivers on the east coast. It is a beautiful stream and one of South Carolina’s best wild trout streams. “The Saluda is a Southern gem,” says Jake. One of the greatest challenges of fishing for Striper on the Saluda is the constant threat of snags. You can be right on top of the fish, while they have no clue that you are ever there. They have to make it through countless locks, side rivers and rapids in order to get to the turbid waters behind the dam. They migrate up from the upper lakes of the Santee-Cooper. 🎣 🐟 From June 16 through September 30 it is unlawful to take, attempt to take, or to possess any striped bass in the Santee River System. A big factor in landing a Saluda Striper is luck. The boat was full of water so we paddled to shore to reorganize and also to get our paddle back. Deep, clear and barren of structure, Keowee … Boaters can run the entire Lower Saluda through its confluence with the Broad River by taking out at landings on the Congaree River. Santee River system (see map below); includes Saluda River (Lower Reach) Striped Bass: Oct. 1 – June 15 striped bass between 23 and 25 inches may be harvested except that one fish may be greater than 26 inches: 3: June 16 – Sept. 30 closed except for Lower Saluda River where catch and release is allowed: Lake Murray: … Bait does not swim slower when it is being stalked, and the fish will be able to catch the bait if it really wants to. The Saluda produces the best fighting Striper for their size, which is often greater than lake Striper. I cooked MRE meals and we could hear the howling baboons and elephants from the zoo. Copyright © 2020 The Dillon Herald. Striped bass taken must be returned immediately to the waters from where it came. The tailrace waters from Lake Murray reservoir provide a cold water fishery and varying water levels for recreational boating. The water is clear and cold, even in July. He tossed an empty coffee can to me, and I bailed the water while he told us about how he caught the fish. jkesler Guest. This makes it impossible for the striper to actually successfully reproduce. Never before had greater importance rested on the catching of a single fish. If you are fishing the Lower Saluda after June 15 and catch a striper, let it go. We drifted down river casting and reeling through the current, or casting at the bank and under the brush. Learning the secret to catching striped bass on the Saluda River took several trips, but I consider a fishing trip to be successful as long as I learned something about the fish that will help me on a future trip. Charlee and I tried fishing with heavy plastic swim baits, rattle traps, and crank-baits but none of the options were enough to rouse a strike from a striper. Saluda River Trout/Striper "There Baaack" For any of you Striper fisherman who love to catch trout for bait the time is now. Their slides and dens can be seen all over the shoreline. The higher the water gets, the more intense the rapids get. Dawson Jordan and I spent the night debating over a plan for our 4th trip to the Saluda. You better hold on tight, because this fish is going to take you for the ride of your life. I packed plenty of water because the the sun came out and the late morning was hot. It is fed by the water straight from the bottom of the lake that is rich in oxygen and is around 65 degrees all year. The fly fishing starts at the dam managed by the South Carolina Electric and Gas and extends as far south as the Riverbanks Zoo, which is one of the best zoos in the nation. DISCLAIMER: Lower Saluda River levels can rise or fall well after the operation of Saluda Hydro commences or terminates. We fished hard each time, and I could always find someone who knew how to play the striper’s game. We pray that you will join us. In order for striper to breed their eggs must get caught in current and not touch the bottom. I could see stripers come out from under the shade and viciously attack a lure. While I'm used to fishing in the cool, shaded streams of the mountains, Columbia, SC, located in the Piedmont 100 miles from the mountains, is one of the hottest cities in the entire region. Saluda River (Lower Reach) All waters of Saluda River from confluence with Broad River upstream to Lake Murray Dam: Striped Bass: Oct 1 - Jun 15: 26 inches: 3: Jun 16 - Sept 30: any length: Catch and Release only: Lake Russell: Striped Bass & Hybrid Bass or a combintation: Only 1 fish larger than 34 inches: 2: Lake Hartwell … I mimicked his fluke lure and as I fished, he proceeded to land 2 more stripers. They provide great entertainment. Cold weather commonly brings the hottest spotted bass action of the year to 18,500-acre Lake Keowee. Ryan Stephens, Daniel Camp, Dawson Jordan, Charlee Rhodes, and I left Dillon at 4 a.m., bound for the Saluda River. More Sources With Info About Sacramento, Regulations, Tournament And Merrimack. This was the case on each of our three previous experiences on the Saluda River. When made available to you, do you plan to take the COVID-19 vaccine? The river’s flow was 1,062 cubic feet per second which was less than the flow from my last time paddling here. When he paddled into the rapid to go further, he was overcome by the current, sweeping him back into Daniel. Striped bass are present in the Lower Saluda during their spawning season. I pulled Charlee back aboard and we paddled the remainder of the rapid. Herring is also the best bait, live herring by far works the best, but cut bait is also a good alternative. Saluda & Congaree River Striper, South Carolina. Sector 1: Upper Saluda River. Guides/Information: Cohutta Fishing Company, cohuttafishingco.com, (770) 606-1100, store@cohuttafishingco.com. Sector 2: Lower Saluda River Fish: Stripers, Largemouth, Smallmouth, Bluegill Schedule: Friday 7/26/19 Draw at 7pm. They pulled their kayaks out on the west shore and carried the kayaks, tackle, rods, and food on the walking trail for a quarter mile and then climbed back in the cockpit to paddle when the trail came to an end. Classifieds, News, Business and Events in Dillon County, South Carolina, ​The Dillon County Christian Ministers Alliance is a non-denominational fellowship of Christian ministers striving to have a voice for Jesus Christ in Dillon County. Striped bass are by far the largest predators in the river during the summer months. The fly fishing world is abuzz about wild rainbow trout in the lower Saluda River at Columbia, S.C. It took some distance for the waters from the two rivers to mix and I was surprised at how long it took for the temperature on each side to blend. Charlee and I continued to crack down on the stripers. Striped bass taken must be returned immediately to the waters from where it came. The stiper perform this migration because it is how they reproduce. I have vague memories of fishing a few times as a kid. This striper was our first River striper, Charlee’s first fish, and none of the guys down river would believe it. While I enjoyed my Coke, I couldn’t help but to think of Dawson and imagine what the rest of our group was going through down river… Dinner will be provided. I was watching the main current and turned my paddle to make the next turn but we overshot the turn. As we paddled up river, both of our lines were being pulled behind us. We thought that she was hung on a rock at first but the rod tip was bouncing and there it was, a swirl on the surface behind the boat. We were always sure to observe and approach the successful anglers to ask for some tips when there was an opportunity. Fly fishing the Middle Saluda River can be both fun and rewarding. The canoe was wedged into the rocks so we had a moment to get things under control. The Middle Saluda River begins in … The Saluda has a few spots that get quite rocky, and with the right river flow can be excellent class IV rapids. This creates an excellent environment for trout year round and is ideal for the seasonal summer striper migration. I definitely had a fishing pole and tackle box at some point, but without anyone to really foster my interest, it faded over time. Saturday 7/28/19 1st Launch will begin at 8am. If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. I personally think that this adds a whole new level of fun to the fight. Sunday 7/29/19 1st Launch will begin at 8am Transportation: Transportation must be provided by competitors. One tuber warned us about the danger of paddling through Shandon Rapids but after handling Mills Race Rapids, there was nothing left for us to worry about. The Saluda is also home to an enormous number of beavers, muskrats, minks and otters. Early spring offers our anglers the chance at the large stripers as they migrate from as far as the coast to summer in the Lower Saluda. Print Topic Junior Member 326. Dawson concluded that the effort was hopeless and they paddled to the starting point to take a car to my position. The Saluda River is unique for its area in having cold water with rocks and rapids. jkesler, Apr 26, 2006. jkesler, Apr 26, 2006. ! The next meeting is January 19th at 6:30 p.m. at Latta Baptist Church. She went one way and the paddle went the other way. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including striped bass, rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout here. Dawson wanted to fish where the Saluda and Broad Rivers meet which forms the Congaree River while I wanted to fish from my canoe and work my way down the Saluda River. Due to the high dissolved oxygen levels of the Saluda, the Striper are much more lively, producing a much stronger fight than normal lake Stripers. Been fishing since 1963 now it’s 2020 fisherman nowadays don’t respect the sport striped bass fishing to all you selfish son of a bitches put the fish back in the ocean if you’re hungry go to the market wake up you’re ruining things for your kids and Future Kids PS don’t leave your garbage there EITHER WTF!! Perfect images of Lower Saluda River Striper Fishing. Jake mainly fishes the Saluda River for trout and striped bass and the Broad and Congaree Rivers for smallmouth bass. I was getting frustrated because I felt like I was doing the exact same thing but the striper were not interested. Striper Fishing; Saluda River Trout/Striper "There Baaack" Sign In Register. For those who fish from Lake Greenwood to Lake Murray! The bow of the canoe dove and Charlee was pitched into the river. Some big striper like to congregate around the flow of a rapid to eat the disoriented bait that might have been sucked through. If operational times are posted, they are approximate and are related to the operation at Saluda Hydro. The full-pool elevation of Lake Murray is 360 feet above sea level, and at the deepest points near the iconic intake towers the lake is approximately 190 feet deep at full pool. In a hurry, we chose an alternate course which led to a rock. There, Dawson finally landed the largest fish of the day, and Ryan caught a striper right before he had to leave. The lower reach of the Saluda River from the east-bound I-20 bridge downstream to Stacey’s Ledge is year-around catch and release fishing for all species of cold water trout. Updated August 6, 2014. Having a rapid above and below us, we wanted to fish each spot thoroughly because there is no returning once we move down the next rapid. We work to protect and improve water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreation on the Broad, Lower Saluda, and Congaree Rivers through advocacy, education, and enforcement of environmental laws. By far the most rewarding fish to catch on the Saluda river is the Striped Bass, also called Striper for short. Some anglers also use baby rainbow trout. They are excellent substitutes, but are much harder to come by. Sources. Search in Topic. We think that someone flipped along the way and lost their drinks. Around Saluda Shoals Park, the river varies in depths and is full of boulders. The journey Stiper have to go through in order to get to the lower Saluda is an amazing one. Another interesting aspect of fishing for Striper in the Saluda is how you have to fish for them. One fish followed Charlee’s fluke up to the boat striking and missing each time. Striper are seasonal fish in the river. The tailrace waters from Lake Murray Reservoir provide a cold water fishery and varying river flows for recreational boating. The most frustrating feeling while fishing comes when I am doing everything right but still not catching fish, while someone nearby is effortlessly catching fish using the exact same bait. Trout and striped bass fishing. They provide a source of food for the larger fish (gar, striped bass) while also being high enough in the food chain to feed on bait fish and insects. From there, they spent the next hour and a half paddling up river through many riffles and small rapids. We launched my canoe before sunrise while a thick fog blanketed the river. I spun the boat to face down river and we followed the striper. They migrate up from the upper lakes of the Santee-Cooper. Another interesting part of fishing for Striper in the Saluda is how you must fish for them. Two Cokes floated up to us from out of nowhere and Charlee and I took a break to enjoy a drink. Therefore, the law prohibits keeping more than five striped bass or any striped bass less than 18 inches long in the following waters: Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, Diversion Canal, Rediversion canal, Tailrace Canal, Santee River, Congaree River, Wateree River, Lower Saluda River, Broad River northward to the lock and dam of the … I cannot even begin to tell you the amount of frustration that comes with losing a trophy sized fish. At this point, the river more than tripled in size as we came into the confluence of the Broad and Saluda Rivers which forms the Congaree River. Striped bass and/or hybrids Limit: 10 fish per day (See exceptions.) The best part of kayak fishing in the Saluda is when you hook up with a big one. Charlee pulled the anchor and we made our way downstream to keep fishing, passing one small rapid along the way. Images. They made their way back to the car and drove down river to the point on the Congaree where we had originally planned for both groups to meet. By far the most rewarding fish to catch on the Saluda river is the Striped Bass, also called Striper for short. The flow and temperament of the lower Saluda River could … Catch & release fishing for striped bass is allowed in the Lower Saluda River. The three kayakers who we saw before were here and one of the men was fighting a striper. That's the only way I can describe trout fishing on the Lower Saluda River Tailrace in Columbia, SC. Operations can and do happen at any time. For more information call James Orr at…. The primary food source for Striper in the Saluda is the blue-back herring. ... We will be able to assist with planning the best dates and times for your next fly fishing for stripers adventure. The stake that sticks up gets hammered down. Ryan called at 9:30 to ask about our water. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Yesterday I took my little Kayak to … The Lower Saluda is the southernmost river where you can catch trout. The lower Saluda River runs through the heart of Columbia, originating in the tailrace below Lake Murray Dam, then merging with the Broad River to create the Congaree. The clear Saluda River and the muddy Broad River create a line in the river where the warm muddy water remains on one side, and the cold clear water is on the Saluda side. Apr 26, 2006 #1 . The group was already exhausted when they reached the Shandon Rapids and Ryan paddled into the Rapids first, followed by Daniel. Coach B - 05/13/05 13:33. Without the trout in the river the other species would be very stressed to survive. He recommends fishing the Saluda fall, winter and spring for trout and then all three rivers in the warmer months to catch smallmouth and stripers. Dawson dropped Charlee and myself off at Mills Race Rapids and he drove down to where he, Ryan, and Daniel wanted to fish. This phenomenon is what draws anglers to the Saluda for Striper. I noticed a similar occurrence here as I had seen at the Pee Dee Confluence four years ago. Shuttle … Popular activities on the lower Saluda includes fishing for trout and striped bass, whitewater and … To make it even simpler, if you are fishing the Saluda in the catch and release section (Lower Saluda River from the east bound I-20 bridge downstream to Stacey’s Ledge) and you catch a trout any time, let it go. Hearing this, Ryan rallied Dawson and Daniel to paddle up River to the Saluda River. Messages: 10. Trout provide an interesting aspect of life in the Lower Saluda. This creates an excellent environment for trout year round and is ideal for the seasonal summer striper migration. Sometimes the path was obstructed by rocks and they carried the boats over the rocks to get up river. I always get a feeling that I am in Africa when I paddle this river. A cool refreshing wind could be felt coming off of the moving rapid water and the fog still hung low. Dawson, Ryan, and Daniel launched their boats into the clear Saluda water above Mills Race Rapid. We paddled down the Congaree through several smaller riffles in the water to where Dawson was waiting with the car. … This includes the Broad River below the Columbia Canal diversion dam and the entire Congaree River. Each time we drifted to the end of the smooth water, we would paddle back up river trolling with two lines behind us to maximize fishing time. Whether that knowledge is learned from a more experienced fisherman or by trial and error, a fisherman can … The small size of the river, and the large size of the fish almost always makes them uncontrollable. The worst was behind us, and we dropped anchor to fish the rapid’s current. This portion of the stream lies in the Jones Gap State Park. Forecasting for salt-water locations are on the radar. Meanwhile up river, Charlee and I had caught 7 stripers and we decided to paddle to a rock for a break. (B) On the lower reach of the Saluda River from June sixteenth through September thirtieth, it is unlawful to take or possess striped bass. The tailrace waters from Lake Murray reservoir provide a cold water fishery and varying river flows for recreational boating. Fast forward 30 years later and my … I told him that we had clear water and caught a striper. Congaree Riverkeeper is a 501(c)3 based out of Columbia, South Carolina. I realize that for the most part most vintage bamboo rods are used for trout fishing & are rated for 5 weight or lighter lines. The Lower Saluda River is the tailrace of Lake Murray. Below the dam the Lower Saluda River is formed from the depths of Lake Murray and flows into the city of Columbia. The lesser know, but probably the best fishing in this historic river is for smallmouth bass. 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