AHQ INSIDER Lake Wateree (SC) Fall Fishing Report – Updated October 5
The newest Lake Wateree fishing report, updated October 20, can be found at: http://www.anglersheadquarters.com/ahq-insider-lake-wateree-sc-fall-2017-fishing-report/
Lake Wateree is at 98.0% of full pool, and water temperatures are around 78-79 degrees. The lake is pretty clear for Wateree.
There’s not much exciting news to report with Wateree bass fishing, and FLW angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden reports that it only took about 12 pounds to win a CATT tournament Saturday. With water temperatures just dropping below 80 the shad should start moving back into the creeks, but obviously there isn’t a hot pattern yet. The best options remain throwing a frog or flipping the grass, fishing a crankbait around rocks, and throwing a jig or worm around docks. Certainly anglers are only fishing for a few bites right now.
The better bet to catch Wateree fish remains crappie, and veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt reports that the fish are still on brush in the main lake. The best depth range is 18-22 feet, and early in the day they are on top of the brush but sinking towards the bottom as the sun gets up. Ugly green and pearl white Fish Stalker slab tail jigs have been hard to beat. This pattern should hold through the end of the month when fish may start to move up the lake. Right now nothing is changing since conditions are so stable.
Lake Wateree is at 97.4% of full pool, and water temperatures have dropped further into the mid-70s. The water is stained but not muddy.
Once again, the results of the most recent CATT Open on Lake Wateree reflect that bass fishing on Lake Wateree is pretty tough. On September 9 Craig and Tim Haven (pictured below) brought an impressive 14.05 pounds to the scale to win a tournament in which no other team surpassed 11 ½ pounds.
With a high school tournament championship on Lake Wateree this weekend, FLW angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden says that after Duke drew down the lake in anticipation of more hurricane-related rain than actually materialized fish are pulled out of the creeks. He advises looking on the main lake or the front third of creeks, and staying out of the backs even though fish are shallow. The primary patterns are throwing a frog or flipping the grass, fishing a crankbait around rocks, and throwing a jig or worm around docks. With weights where they are obviously nothing is hot.
Each morning there has been some fog, and unlike on some other lakes Dearal notes that on Wateree that usually shuts down the topwater bite.
Lake Wateree is at 97.6% of full pool, and water temperatures have dropped 7-8 degrees in the last week into the lower 80s.
The results of the most recent CATT Open on Lake Wateree reflect that bass fishing on Lake Wateree is still really tough. The winning boat had less than 14 pounds, and only the top 20% of the field weighed double digits.
FLW angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden reports that he still isn’t finding much of an offshore bite, and running over a ton of places that usually hold fish they could only find bass on a couple of them. And those fish were reluctant to bite. And with the topwater bite tough, the grass bite hard to get going, and the offshore bite non-existent there is little to do besides “fish and hope.” The fish Dearal has found have been in about 8-10 feet around brush, but even those have been few and far between. Throwing a worm has been the best bet.
If you just want to get your line pulled on Lake Wateree the better bet is to go after crappie, and veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt says that with the cooler weather the bite has picked up. Fish are still mostly in the main lake on brush but they have moved shallower into the 14-18 foot range. Early in the morning they are suspending above the brush, but as the sun comes up they are sinking towards the bottom. In the middle of the day the best bet is fishing 1 ½ – 2 feet off the bottom.
The best part of the lake has been the middle of the lake up to the river run, probably because the shallower water above Colonel Creek has cooled off faster. You can go as far back in the creeks as the bridges but not much beyond that; again, the backs of creeks are too warm. Some fish have been caught around bridges. Both minnows and Fish Stalker jigs in Ugly Green, Army Green, yellow and pearl white are working well.