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September 30

Morning surface water temperatures around Edisto Island are down to 77 degrees inshore and both river systems are clear.   There are millions of shrimp in the creeks and the 6-8 inch mullet have started running down the beaches. 

It’s unclear what the fishing will look like on the back side of Ian, but for now Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

September 30

Morning surface water temperatures were still about 78 inshore around Beaufort as of yesterday and the water is still heavily stained. That won’t change any time soon!

Through this week the fishing patterns were still about the same in the Beaufort area, but looking ahead to after Ian Captain Tuck Scott with Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports

September 30

Morning surface water temperatures are still about 80 degrees inshore around Hilton Head.

It’s been a weird week of fishing around Hilton Head with a hurricane bearing down, and Captain Kai Williams (843-816-7475) reports

September 30

Morning surface water temperatures are in the mid-70s inshore around Charleston. 

Obviously there will be some changes after Ian passes through, but so far Captain Rob Bennett (843-367-3777) reports

September 30

Lake Wylie is at 95.4% of full pool and water clarity is normal before the storm arrives.  Morning surface water temperatures range from 74 in the shallows to 76 in the main channel.

The blue catfish bite is fair to good on Lake Wylie, but Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports

September 29

Morning surface water temperatures are around 76 degrees inshore around Little River, and there are a ton of shrimp and finger mullet in the creeks. In the ocean the big mullet are running.   

It was a good week for fishing at the top of the Grand Strand, but Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

September 29

Lake Jocassee is at 96.3% of full pool and the lake is clear. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to 75 degrees. 

The Lake Jocassee trout are highly structure related right now, and Jocassee Charters (864-280-9056) reports

September 29

Lake Russell water levels are at 473.77 (full pool is 475.00) and the lake is dingy from the turnover. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped all the way to about 74 degrees.

The striped bass on Lake Russell continue to outfish their green friends, even though Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

September 29

Lake Hartwell water levels are at 656.38 (full pool is 660.00) and clarity is good on the main lake but lower up the creeks. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped a couple of degrees to about 78 in the last two or three days. 

It’s been a tough week for hybrid and striped bass bite on Lake Hartwell, and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

September 29

Clarks Hill water levels are at 326.49 (full pool is 330.00) and water clarity is normal on the main lake. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped 3 or 4 degrees in as many days to about 75 degrees. 

The hybrid and striped bass on Clarks Hill are still on a pretty good bite on the main lake, but Little River Guide Service (706-210-3474) reports

September 29

Santee Cooper water levels are down to 74.51 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.38 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5) and visibility is high. Morning surface water temperatures are in the upper 70s but dropping. 

At long last the crappie fishing has significantly improved on Santee, and Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports

September 29

Lake Greenwood water levels are down 438.32 (full pool is 440.0) and clarity is pretty normal. Morning surface water temperatures are in the mid to upper-70s. 

The crappie fishing appears to have picked up a little on Lake Greenwood, and there have been some