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AHQ INSIDER Lake Keowee (SC) Fall 2019 Fishing Report – Updated August 29

The newest Lake Keowee fishing report can be found at: http://www.anglersheadquarters.com/ahq-insider-lake-keowee-sc-fall-2019-fishing-report/

August 29

Lake Keowee is at 98.0% of full pool, and water temperatures have peaked and are slowly beginning to drop. Today water temperatures were 85.7 on the south end.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

Bass fishing remains tough on Lake Keowee, but Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that the action should start to improve as the water temperatures drop.  Some fish can be caught early on points and humps throwing small crankbaits and topwater baits.  Any fish schooling can be caught using just about any topwater bait – a walking bait in chrome or blueback herring color is a good choice.

There are also some fish in their deepest summer haunts.  These fish are often suspended over very deep water (70 feet plus) on drop-offs or channel swings.  These fish can be targeted with drop shots or small jigging spoons.

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An image from this morning of some fish suspended over deep water – photo courtesy of Charles Townson

August 21

Lake Keowee is at 97.3% of full pool, and water temperatures are in the high 80s to around 90 on most of the lake.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

Bass fishing remains in a difficult summer pattern on Lake Keowee, but Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that they are still catching fish on a couple of productive patterns.  The best bet is fishing topwater and small crankbaits on points/humps at daybreak.  If bait can be found in an area, there can also be some schooling going on throughout the day.  A walking bait is best for these fish that are chasing bait.

There are also some fish shallow that are cruising around old bream beds – a prop bait or popper can be used along with a frog.

During the heat of the day the best pattern is to fish for bass suspended over deep water (40+ feet) that can be targeted with drop shots or small spoons once located on electronics.  It is not unusual to catch a dozen or more spots deep on this technique.

Finally, there is better fishing at night with the warm temperatures and boat traffic.

One of about a dozen spots caught on deep jigging spoons in a morning with Guide Charles Townson

One of about a dozen spots caught on deep jigging spoons in a morning with Guide Charles Townson

August 11

Lake Keowee is at 97.7% of full pool, and water temperatures are in the mid to high 80s over most of the lake but low 80s at the very northern end of the lake.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

Bass fishing remains in a difficult summer pattern on Lake Keowee, but Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) continues to report that there are some productive patterns.  The best bet is fishing topwater and small crankbaits on points/humps at daybreak.  If bait can be found in an area, there is also some schooling going on throughout the day.  A walking bait is best for these fish that are chasing bait.

There are also some fish shallow that are cruising around old bream beds – a prop bait or popper can be used along with a frog.

Some fish are also suspended over deep water (40+ feet) and can be targeted with drop shots or small spoons if located.

Finally, there is better fishing at night with the warm temperatures and boat traffic.

Fish caught earlier this week with Guide Charles Townson on topwater lures - not bad for August in South Carolina!

Fish caught earlier this week with Guide Charles Townson on topwater lures – not bad action for August in South Carolina!

August 3

Lake Keowee is at 97.7% of full pool, and water temperatures are in the high 80s over most of the lake, but reaching the low 90s around the power plant and Mile Creek.  Around Jocassee dam temperatures have reached the mid 80s.   Water clarity is normal (very clear).

While bass fishing generally remains in a tough summer pattern on Lake Keowee,  Guide Charles Townson(864-324-2065) reports that there are some exceptions.  Early morning fish can be caught off points and shallow humps with crankbaits and topwaters.  About an hour after sunrise there is also a good topwater bite in areas holding schools of baitfish.

After the sun gets up, fish can also be caught deeper with drop shots or small spoons.  A good depth is 35-50 feet in any area where bait is present.

There are also some good fish shallow around any bream beds and some “wolf packs” cruising the shorelines.  Keep a topwater handy at all times for any schooling fish.

One of about a dozen spotted bass a party caught earlier this week with Charles Townson

One of about a dozen spotted bass a party caught earlier this week with Charles Townson

July 28

Lake Keowee is at 97.4% of full pool, and water temperatures remain in the high 80s over most of the lake with the exception of the very north end near the Jocassee dam where they are in the low to mid-80s.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

Fishing overall remains tough on Lake Keowee, and Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that most tournaments are showing low weights with a few exceptions.

Early, fish can be caught on points and humps with crankbaits, topwaters, or flukes.  After the sun comes up, fish can be found deeper on drop shots or small spoons in anywhere from 25 to 50 feet of water.  Look for any concentrations of bait and keep an eye open for fish chasing bait.

Some bigger fish can be caught shallow throwing a frog around cover after the sun is up – this is a more likely pattern to catch largemouth on.

Guide Charles Townson with a nice one caught early

Guide Charles Townson with a nice one caught early

July 18

Lake Keowee is at 98.7% of full pool, and water temperatures are in the high 80s over most of the lake and the low 80s north of the Highway 11 bridge to the Jocassee dam.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

Due to the high water temperatures fishing is in the summer doldrums on Lake Keowee, and Guide Charles Townson(864-324-2065) reports that anything over ten pounds in recent tournaments has been a good bag.  At first light, there is a topwater bite on shallow points and humps with rock present.  Walking-type topwaters seem to be working best.  These fish can also be targeted with soft plastics like a shakey head for the first hour or so in the morning.

After the sun gets up, fish are moving deeper or under cover/shade.  A good depth right now is in the 25 to 40 foot range, using a shakey head or drop shot.  Some fish are schooling and chasing bait at times so always have something on to throw at them.

Some suspended fish can be found in areas with bait fish present in the 35 to 50 foot range.  A dropshot or small spoon will work on these fish.  More fish will be suspended over deep water in the coming weeks with the hot water temperatures.

Charles Townson caught this fish yesterday morning on a topwater

Charles Townson caught this fish yesterday morning on a topwater

June 14

Lake Keowee is at 98.6% of full pool, and lots of rain and cooler temperatures over the past week have driven water temperatures back down into the high 70s over the south end of the lake, into the 80s mid-lake, and into the lower 70s on the north end.  Major creeks are once again stained, particularly in the backs, and the main lake has some color to it as well.

Despite changes in water conditions, Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that the early bite remains good on points, humps, and flats where any bait is present.  These fish can be caught on crankbaits, small swimbaits, flukes, and topwaters.

After the sun gets up, the bite is tougher and fish move out deeper so a shakey head or Carolina rig is a good option in 15-25 feet of water.  There are also some fish starting to suspend off deeper humps and channels and they can be targeted with a drop shot, jigging spoon, or deep diving crankbait.

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Guide Charles Townson with a hungry spot that was suspended in about 50 feet of water and caught on a jigging spoon this morning

June 3

Lake Keowee is at 97.7% of full pool, and water temperatures have risen into the mid-80s over most of the lake, with the exception of the very northern end near the Jocassee dam where they are still in the 70s.  Clarity is normal again.

It’s no surprise that bass are in a typical summertime pattern on Lake Keowee, and Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that there is a good early morning bite using topwaters and crankbaits on points, humps and flats where bait is present.  This bite will only last until the sun gets up, however, and then you have to fish deeper with a shakey head, drop shot, or Carolina rig.  There should be some fish starting to suspend off deeper humps and channel swings in the next few weeks with the high water temperatures, but this does not seem to be happening yet.

Charles Townson with an early morning fish caught this week off a hump

Charles Townson with an early morning fish caught this week off a hump

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