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AHQ INSIDER Lake Jocassee (SC) Spring Fishing Report – Updated June 9

  • by Jay

The newest Lake Jocassee fishing report, updated July 2, can be found at

June 9

Lake Jocassee is up to 93.3% of full pool, and water temperatures range from 71-72 in the big water first thing to as high as about 75 up the rivers as the day progresses.

The trout bite is following a typical summer path on Lake Jocassee, and Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that fish are starting to get a little bit deeper.  Fish looking for cool water have to be lower in the water column now, and that means they are grouping up in 40-70 feet of water.  They aren’t in a super-deep late summer range yet, and they also aren’t all stacked up in the big water.  Fish are still fairly scattered and Sam’s boat is still spending a fair amount of time up the rivers – as well as time at the dam.

Sam is pretty much sticking to hardware right now, and Sutton and Apex spoons are the two best lures.  The fish’s choice varies from day to day.  On most days they are getting at least three keepers in the 2-3 pound range, and there are some better 4s and 5s scattered in as well.

There is not a strong morning bite at the intakes yet this year, and with the restriction in recent years it’s never going to be as good as it was when boats could get where the water was really churning.  Some mornings Sam is actually starting up the rivers, although he’s usually by the dam first thing.

A nice trout caught with Guide Sam Jones on Lake Jocassee
A nice trout caught with Guide Sam Jones on Lake Jocassee