AHQ INSIDER Lake Jocassee (SC) Fall Fishing Report – Updated September 15
The newest Lake Jocassee fishing report, updated September 26, can be found at: http://www.anglersheadquarters.com/ahq-insider-lake-jocassee-sc-fall-2017-fishing-report/
Lake Jocassee is at 91.0% of full pool, and surface temperatures are still in the mid to upper 70s. Clarity is normal (very clear).
On the trout front, Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that the annual fall slowdown is taking place right now. The fishing has gotten tough, and on the last couple of trips he has ended up targeting spotted bass to get clients’ lines pulled.
Lake Jocassee is at 92.0% of full pool, and surface temperatures are around 76 degrees. Clarity is normal (very clear).
Catching bass on Lake Jocassee certainly isn’t easy, but with water temperatures starting to drop the bite is beginning to improve. Veteran angler Charles Townson of the Keowee Anglers reports that early in the morning fish can be caught on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and crankbaits fished shallow off points. After the sun gets up most fish are being caught deeper on soft plastics on either a shakey head or drop shot in 30 plus feet of water. The best deep bite has been on structure in the 50-foot range, or in areas where bait is present.
Very limited schooling activity has been observed.
For now any tournament bag with 12 or more pounds has been a good sack, but look for weights to improve as temperatures continue to drop.
Lake Jocassee is down to 90.8% of full pool, and morning surface water temperatures range between 80 and 82 degrees, getting up to 84 on very hot days. Clarity is normal (very clear).
There is not too much change in the trout pattern on Lake Jocassee, but Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that the fishing is getting a little tougher. Fish are still mainly in the 80-110 foot range, but he has caught some as deep as 115 or 120 feet. By this time of year he is pretty much only catching them at the dam on hardware (mainly Sutton and Apex spoons). Catfish are still aggravating on live bait, although one of his friends caught a 28-pounder in 100 feet on a Sutton 44. If they were all that size they wouldn’t be a nuisance!
Some nice bass are also starting to show up in the very deep water, and on a recent trip Sam’s boat caught a 4-pound spotted bass as well as a 2 ½ pounder in more than 100 feet of water.