Lake Murray

Chapin, South Carolina

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Short Take: 50,000 acres; large tributaries, deep and shallow water, vegetation, boat docks, fallen timber. Like a number of southern bass lakes now well into middle age, Lake Murray frequently gets by-passed by traveling anglers, even though it’s located just a few miles off Interstate 20 near South Carolina’s capital city. This 50,000-acre impoundment is well-deserving of a closer look, however, for under the right water conditions, bass fishing here can be excellent. This is a lake that produced one of the heaviest tournament winning stringers in recent years, 28 fish (seven bass per day limit) weighing more than 87 pounds. Even now with a five-bass-per-day limit, local tournament angler Davy Hite emphasizes that 20- and 25-pound one-day stringers are still caught. Primary Species: Largemouth and striped bass.

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"Short Take: 50,000 acres; large tributaries, deep and shallow water, vegetation, boat docks, fallen timber. Like a number of southern bass lakes now well into middle age, Lake Murray frequently gets by-passed by traveling anglers, even though it’s located just a few miles off Interstate 20 near South Carolina’s capital city.

This 50,000-acre impoundment is well-deserving of a closer look, however, for under the right water conditions, bass fishing here can be excellent. This is a lake that produced one of the heaviest tournament winning stringers in recent years, 28 fish (seven bass per day limit) weighing more than 87 pounds. Even now with a five-bass-per-day limit, local tournament angler Davy Hite emphasizes that 20- and 25-pound one-day stringers are still caught. Primary Species: Largemouth and striped bass."

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Chapin
Season & Limits: Best March through May, September, October
Local Contacts: Dreher Island State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Murray

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May 2018