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If you know of a fishing tournament taking place in South Carolina that has not been included here, please email jay@usfishingreport.com and we will add it. As always, be sure to confirm details listed here with the tournament director in case there have been changes.  Thank you!

October 25

Lake Keowee is at 98.2% of full pool and the water clarity is normalizing again. Morning surface water temperatures have fallen into the 70s throughout the lake with the lowest readings at the Jocassee dam. 

As water temperatures continue to gradually drop the Lake Keowee bass are getting into full-fledged fall patterns, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

October 21

Inshore surface water temperatures around Edisto Island are about 74 degrees in the morning and the water is clear for the area. Bait is still prolific but shrimp are starting to move back in the direction of the ocean. 

Fall fishing is in full swing around Edisto Island, and Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

October 21

Lake Jocassee is at 94.6% of full pool and they are pulling so much water through the lake that water clarity is unusually high despite all the rain, even in areas that are not usually clear.  Morning surface water temperatures are around 74 degrees. 

There aren’t many surprises in the fall trout bite on Lake Jocassee, and Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports

October 21

Lake Hartwell water levels are still high but slightly down to 661.39 (full pool is 660.00) and the main lake is clear while the rivers are dirty to muddy. Morning surface water temperatures range from the low 70s to about 75 degrees depending on area. 

While there’s no doubt you can catch a lot of spotted bass around brush piles, Guide Brad Fowler reports

October 20

Lake Hartwell water levels are way above full pool at 661.71 (full pool is 660.00) and the main lake is clear while the rivers are dirty to muddy. Morning surface water temperatures range from the low 70s to about 76 degrees depending on area. 

It’s been a while since we had a crappie report on Lake Hartwell, but courtesy of veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt

October 20

Inshore surface water temperatures around Little River are 74 degrees and bait including mullet is everywhere.   

Fall fishing has arrived to the north end of the South Carolina coast, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

October 20

Inshore surface water temperatures are about 75 degrees around Charleston and shrimp, mullet and menhaden are all prolific. 

From inshore to offshore, Captain Rob Bennett (843-367-3777) reports

October 20

After being more than 4 feet above full, Lake Russell water levels have dropped down to a few inches above full pool at 475.33 (full pool is 475.00).  Pretty much the whole lake is stained but it’s much better than it was, particularly in terms of floating trash, and morning surface water temperatures are about 74 or 75 degrees. 

October 20

Lake Wylie is at 96.4% of full pool and the lake is still relatively clear although the water is stained brown in places. Morning surface water temperatures are in the lower 70s. 

Even though temperatures are cooling the fall turnover is not especially helpful for bass fishing on Lake Wylie, and tournament angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

October 20

Lake Wateree is at 96.4% of full pool and the lake has some color to it and can best be described as dingy but not muddy. Morning surface water temperatures are around 70 degrees. 

The crappie are starting to spread out for the fall on Lake Wateree, and veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt reports

October 20

Santee Cooper water levels are at 74.35 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and about 74.2 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5), and while the lower lake is still clear dirty water is making its way down. Morning surface water temperatures are down to about 70 degrees. 

It’s the time of year when the bass fishing should be starting to pick up again on Santee, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

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