AHQ INSIDER Lake Jocassee (SC) Spring Fishing Report – Updated May 19
The most recent Lake Jocassee fishing report, updated June 9, can be found at: http://www.anglersheadquarters.com/ahq-insider-lake-jocassee-sc-summer-2017-fishing-report/
Lake Jocassee is up to 91.5% of full pool, and water temperatures are in the lower 70s. In the backs there is a fair amount of stuff in the water (pollen, leaves, limbs), but overall clarity is very good.
The trout bite is still progressing nicely on Lake Jocassee, and they are starting to get some nice late spring catches on Guide Sam Jones’ (864-280-9056) boat. He reports that fish still haven’t all moved into the big water near the dam, and there are some rainbows at the dam and some up the rivers. Most of the brown trout are still up the rivers.
Overall fish are very scattered, and they have caught fish lately as shallow as 28 feet and as deep as 70 feet. Sutton and Apex spoons have still been working well, and Sam hasn’t been fishing bait because of all the small catfish still around. He has been pulling spoons a little faster than usual in the 2 – 2.2 knot range.
Lake Jocassee is up to 89.9% of full pool, and water temperatures are around 65-68 degrees.
The trout bite is right on schedule on Lake Jocassee, and Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that they are catching some rainbow trout at the dam just like they should be at this time of year. Sutton, Doctor and Apex spoons are all working. The brown trout are still scattered up the rivers and the big water, and they are hitting the same spoons as well as large minnows. Trolling 20-55 feet deep has been the best pattern.
Lake Jocassee is at 88.1% of full pool, and water levels are rising after recent rains –including big rains today. Morning surface water temperatures are around 68 degrees.
Fresh off a club tournament on Lake Jocassee, veteran angler Charles Towson of the Keowee Anglers reports that most of the fish on Jocassee seem to be post-spawn, but there are still some fish in the pre-spawn phase as well as bedding. The tournament yesterday took about 17 pounds to win, with largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass all being weighed in.
In windy conditions spinnerbaits have been working well, and throwing small crankbaits on points has also been catching fish. Various soft plastics fished on a shakey head have also been successful. Generally most of the fish seem to be coming in the 10 to 20 foot range.
Lake Jocassee is at 87.4% of full pool, and water temperatures remain around 56 degrees. Clarity remains above average for Jocassee (very clear).
There’s not much change in the trout bite on Lake Jocassee, and Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that fish remain pretty scattered up the creeks and rivers. You have to do a lot of looking to locate fish, but once you find them they will bite. Decent numbers of 4- and 5-pound fish are being caught on Sam’s boat, and in the tournament over the weekend there was a 6 ½ pound fish landed. Plenty of small fish are also being caught. The best depth range for trolling spoons and large minnows has moved a bit shallower to 20-50 feet, and fish have not started to move into the bigger water yet.