AHQ INSIDER Lake Jocassee (SC) Fall 2018 Fishing Report – Updated December 28
The newest Lake Jocassee fishing report can be found at: http://www.anglersheadquarters.com/ahq-insider-lake-jocassee-sc-spring-2019-fishing-report/
Lake Jocassee is at 98.8% of full pool, and water temperatures are approximately 58 degrees.
Back on the water after a month of being Santa Claus, Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that he has found an excellent trout bite. He has caught fish about 40 feet deep trolling Apex spoons in the Roundhouse Point area on the edge of the main lake. There have also been some very good reports on live bait, and a 10 ½ pound brown was caught this week on blueback herring fished around Laurel Fork Falls.
In one three hour period Sam caught an 18-inch fish, a 22-inch fish, and a 27-inch brown that was just under 8 pounds. This is a great time to catch fish and particularly to try for a good one.
Lake Jocassee is at 96.6% of full pool, and water temperatures are still around 60 degrees.
The depth of Lake Jocassee means that it cools more slowly than shallower lakes in the same region, and as a result Guide Rob McComas (828-674-5041) reports that he is still catching bassin some patterns you would not expect in mid-December.
A lot of the smaller fish have grouped up in about 40 feet in the rivers, and they can be caught on drop shot rigs, spoons and medium minnows. However, the biggest fish have been caught shallower off both main lake and river points in 20 feet or less. He is catching them on moving baits, including spinnerbaits. There is even some very late topwater action under the right conditions.
On his last two trips they have caught four fish over 6 pounds, and so it is an excellent time to try to land a big one!
No new trout report from Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) until after Christmas.
Lake Jocassee is at 98.3% of full pool, and water temperatures are around 69 degrees.
It’s that time of year again when Guide Rob McComas (828-674-5041) is back on Lake Jocassee bass fishing, and on his most recent trip he reports that fish were grouped up on points instead of laydowns where he would typically expect to find them. The best concentration of fish has been in 18-30 feet of water, and location didn’t seem to matter very much. He found them on the main lake as well as in the rivers and creeks. Lots of spots as well as some smaller largemouth are being caught with this pattern on drop shots.
For bigger fish Rob suggests concentrating on shallow water. On calm, clear days he will continue to fish topwater lures like Spooks on into December, and when there is some wind and clouds/ rain you can sometimes land some fish out of the trees on a spinnerbait. Anglers should also be vigilant for very occasional schooling activity and cast quickly.
The laydown bite should pick up very soon.
The trout fishing is still really tough on Lake Jocassee, and Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that with water temperatures the same all the way down to 80 feet fish are still very deep. You can see them on the graph along with a ton of bait – which may actually be the problem. The fish are acting like they have full bellies already. This cold, rainy weather should improve things if it drops water temperatures.
Lake Jocassee is at 92.0% of full pool, and water temperatures are in the mid to upper-70s with normal clarity.
The trout bite is experiencing a typical seasonal slowdown on Lake Jocassee, and Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that frankly the fishing is pretty poor. They are marking a ton of fish and bait, but the trout are just not eating very well.
Sam’s boat is still picking up a fish here and there, and the ones they are catching are scattered out between 60-120 feet. There appears to be a thermocline at about 100 feet. They have tried the dam and the rivers, but the best action has been in the channel in the Whitewater area. A mix of fish including some spotted bass have come from that area. They are also picking up some catfish.
Lake Jocassee is at 93.4% of full pool, and water temperatures range from 80-84 with normal clarity.
It can be difficult to get year-round bass information on Lake Jocassee, but angler Beau Wilder of Charlotte has been on the lake this September and reports that largemouth, spots and smallmouth have all been caught in 20-30 feet of water on soft plastics. He has had the best luck with drop shot rigs with a morning dawn Roboworm. Most of the fish are in the 2-3 pound range, but they also caught the 9.5 pound monster pictured below on a 3/16 ounce Spot Remover with a green pumpkin Trick Worm. Fish are related to bait, and instead of following a specific break line they are watching the electronics closely and really slowing down around the bait schools.
Some fish have also been biting topwater lures up the rivers in areas with running water.
The trout bite continues to get tougher on Lake Jocassee, but Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that they are still catching some fish. There may still be trout at the dam, but perhaps because there is so much bait in the area they have been harder to catch. The better bite has been at the mouth of the rivers, and they are still catching fish trolling spoons in 80-110 feet of water. Remember that come October 1 the minimum size limits will apply again.