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AHQ INSIDER Lake Jocassee (SC) Winter Fishing Report – Updated December 14

  • by Jay

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December 14

Lake Jocassee is at 91.3% of full pool, and water temperatures are in the low 60s.  Clarity remains normal (very high).

With water temperatures still pretty warm Lake Jocassee trout fishing is still a bit tough, although Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that some fish are starting to be caught.  In the recent tournament only two fish were weighed, and a 3 ½ pounder won, but as temperatures start to dip some good fishing is right around the corner.  It’s about to get good.

Fish can be found in relatively shallow water, and the best action has been in about 16-40 feet.  People are trolling lures and drifting live bait, and there have also been some fish caught by bass anglers casting lures.  Fish can be found to about halfway up the rivers.  The trout have not gotten super shallow yet, but when water temperatures get below 60 a lot more will be found on the surface and very shallow.

Also of note, DNR has already completed their stocking.  More fish were stocked than last year, and some larger fish over 15 inches were also included.

On the bass front, Guide Rob McComas (828-674-5041) reports that even though water temperatures are a little warm right now he thinks the best pattern is to fish a jigging spoon in the creek and river channels in 40-80 feet of water.  Adjust the depth according to where you are marking fish and bait.  Additionally, fish can be found off points in 25-45 feet of water.  Don’t blind fish a point unless you are marking fish.

Bass can also be caught slowly hopping a jig down a chunk rock bank.

A nice early winter bass caught with Guide Rob McComas
A nice early winter bass caught on Jocassee with Guide Rob McComas

November 30

Lake Jocassee is at 88.7% of full pool, and water temperatures are around 65-66 degrees.  Clarity remains normal (very high).

While there is no reason to think that the spotted bass fishing has slowed down, Guide Rob McComas (828-674-5041) reports that the largemouth bass fishing has been unusually tough this fall.  He looks forward to November on Jocassee all year, but it just hasn’t materialized this month.  With water temperatures still atypically warm he is optimistic that December will shape up to fish like November usually does.

In trout news, Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports that the lake is still fishing tough.  It will be interesting to see what is caught in the upcoming Jocassee Outdoor Center trout to see if things are beginning to turn around.

Rob McComas shows off a nice October bass caught this fall on Jocassee

Rob McComas shows off a nice October bass caught this fall on Jocassee