Lake Keowee is at 98.7% of full pool and water clarity has returned to normal. Water temperatures are in the low 80s over most of the lake, although north of the Highway 11 bridge the high 70s can still be found.
With the warmer water, N&C Marine team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that fishing has slowed in the past week. An early bite on points with small crankbaits and topwaters can still be found, but the topwater bite after the first hour of daylight has diminished significantly. Look for areas holding baitfish to extend the topwater action. A shallow bream bed bite can also be found with a popper or prop bait, particularly early.
Otherwise, soft plastics on points out to 40 or so feet is the best bet after the sun gets up, especially if there is no wind or cloud cover. It is the time of year to consider night fishing with the warmer water and heavy boat traffic on the lake.
Lake Keowee is at 97.7% of full pool and water clarity is high on the main lake but still stained in the backs of creeks. Water temperatures are on the rise with high 70s to low 80s now present over the lake.
As a result of rising temperatures fish are finally moving in a true summer pattern, and N&C Marine team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that there is good early bite with a topwater walking or wake bait on main lake points for the first hour or so after first light. The topwater bite is extended on points and creeks holding baitfish until mid-morning – the key is finding these areas where bait is present and the fish are chasing. Some schooling activity is also occurring in these areas intermittently through mid-morning.
After the sun gets up, a dropshot out to 50 feet or so on drop-offs, points, and creeks holding bait is working. These fish will continue to move deeper as the water warms.
If water is being moved at the Jocassee dam, that is another good area to try topwater in the mornings and evenings.
Lake Keowee is at 97.8% of full pool and, while the main lake remains very clear, the backs of major creeks are stained to muddy due to heavy rainfall. Water temperatures have moved up about a degree in the past week, just now hitting 80 mid-lake, while remaining in the upper 70s over most of the lake.
Stormy weather including lots of thunderstorms has limited the fishing activity on Lake Keowee this week, but N&C Marine team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that – while fish are moving to more of a summer pattern – it is a slow migration to deeper water this year. An early morning bite continues to produce fish on points, shoal markers, and shallow flats where baitfish are present. A crankbait or topwater is effective for the first ninety minutes after first light. After that, a topwater bite has continued well into the day with cloudy skies and windy conditions. A walking-style bait is most productive while a swimbait will also catch fish.
The fish migrating to deeper water can be targeted with a drop shot out to forty feet or so with a small 4-inch dropshot worm.
Lake Keowee is at 97.6% of full pool and clarity is normal. Cool nights and cloud cover have allowed water temperatures to remain almost constant with most of the lake now in the upper-70s.
It’s been another week without a lot of change on Lake Keowee, but N&C Marine team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that’s a good thing as overall fishing remains excellent on the lake.
There continues to be a good early morning bite on points and rocky shoals with a topwater bait or small crankbait fished very shallow. An excellent topwater bite has continued throughout the day on points, especially when it’s windy and/or cloudy, a little deeper. Keep an eye open for any schooling activity.
Soft plastics out to 20 feet on points and deep docks or shorelines will also work.
Fish are well behind their normal summertime locations with few fish being found suspended over deep water. Once the water temperatures reach the mid-80s, expect to see a quick migration of fish to deep water.
Lake Keowee is at 98.0% of full pool and clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures are now approaching 80 mid-lake, with the coolest water at the very northern end of the lake by the Jocassee dam.
It looks like water temperatures are finally on the rise after a few weeks of cool weather, and as a result N&C Marine team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports the bass are beginning to move out deeper after the sun gets up in the mornings.
There is still a good early bite on points with a small crankbait or topwater. This bite will last longer on a cloudy or windy day.
After the sun gets up, the best is fishing 20-plus feet deep with a shaky head or soft plastics on points or out deeper with a drop-shot in creeks or around drop-offs. Any deeper brush or structure you can find is a good target. Keep an eye open for any schooling fish and try to find creeks holding bait.
For anglers wanting to fish shallower, looking for bream beds is another technique. Use a popper or prop bait, and expect the best action in the morning.
Fishing has definitely slowed down over the last few days with warmer weather.
Lake Keowee is at 98.1% of full pool and clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures are in the mid-70s over most of the lake except for the very north end by the Jocassee dam.
For yet another week water temperatures have remained stable on Lake Keowee, and as a result N&C Marine team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that fishing remains strong due to the abnormally cool waters for June. That can’t last forever, and water temperatures will almost certainly be changing over the coming week as it appears we are finally moving into more summer-like temperatures.
For now a shallow bite early on points and humps with a crankbait or topwater is present throughout the lake, while the mid-lake area continues to have a strong topwater bite throughout the day on points.
Soft plastics from 12-25 feet are working as well. Some fish are also being caught out deeper (to 40 feet) on ledges with a drop-shot.
As the mid-lake warms and we move into summer the topwater bite is likely to be better on the northern end of the lake.
Lake Keowee is at 98.5% of full pool and clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures are in the 70s over most of the lake.
Cloudy, cool weather has kept water temperatures pretty steady over the past week, and as a result N&C Marine team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that the fishing pattern has also remained stable with an early bite on points with a crankbait or topwater. An extended topwater bite has also been found every day with the cloud cover on main lake points with a walking type of bait or a pencil popper.
There are also fish moving out deeper along drop-offs and humps in 30-45 feet of water. They can be targeted with a soft plastic like a shaky head or a drop shot.
Overall, the lake is fishing at least a few weeks behind schedule this year due to the cool temperatures and cloudy skies. Expect many more fish to transition to deeper water when the temperature rises above 80 degrees.
Lake Keowee is at 98.6% of full pool and clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures have risen to the mid to upper 70s's over most of the lake. On the very north end, temperatures are around 70.
For the most part the spawn is over on Lake Keowee, although N&C Marine team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that some fish can still be found bedding on the north end of the lake.
There is a shallow early morning bite on points, humps, and rocky shorelines with a crankbait or topwater. An extended morning topwater bite can be found in areas holding baitfish.
Overall, fish are starting to move out to deeper water and after the sun gets up, a drop shot or shaky head in 25-40 feet of water is working well.
Fishing remains very good on the lake.
Lake Keowee is at 99.0% of full pool and clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures have remained steady this week with the cooler weather and rain, and most of the lake is now in the upper 60s to low 70s.
As is usually the case in the spring on Lake Keowee, N&C Marine team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that fish in different parts of the lake are overall at slightly different stages of the spawn. Fish in the mid-lake area are largely post-spawn now, while fish are still on the bed on the south and north ends of the lake.
An early morning bite on points with crankbaits and spinnerbaits (if windy) is good. A very good topwater bite can also be found off points and in coves where bait is present – a walking type of bait is producing well. Since there are always some fish schooling in the mornings, always keep a topwater bait ready.
Soft plastics out to 16 feet or so are also working well on points and around docks.
Overall, fishing remains very good on the lake.
Lake Keowee is at 97.9% of full pool and clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures are now in the mid-60s over most of the lake, with low 70s mid-lake.
In the mid-lake, the majority of fish are now post-spawn. However, there are still many fish on the bed in the south and even more on the north end of the lake.
An early morning bite with a square-bill or lipless crankbait on points continues to improve. A topwater bait can also be effective early and well into the morning in areas holding schools of baitfish. Fish could always be chasing bait on the surface so keep a topwater handy at all times.
Soft plastics continue to work well out to 15 feet or so in spawning areas and around docks. Fish the shady side of the docks in the afternoon.
Lake Keowee is at 98.2% of full pool and clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures have remained fairly constant this week, with mid-60s common.
The bass fishing remains good on Lake Keowee, and N&C Marine team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that many spotted bass are on the bed, from a few feet deep out to 14 feet. Points, humps, and flats are all producing fish on soft plastics such as a shaky head, Texas rig, Ned rig, etc. The spawn is a protracted event on Keowee and will last well into May.
But while many fish are on the bed, others are chasing bait in the mornings back in coves and can be caught on a topwater or swimbait. Some schooling activity is also being noted in the mid-lake area where the water is the warmest. And an early morning bite on points with a square-bill crankbait or spinnerbait is found anywhere bait is found.
Overall, it continues to be a great time to be on the lake!
Lake Keowee is at 98.2% of full pool and clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures continue to rise on the lake, and they are now in the mid- to high 60s throughout.
While spotted bass are in a strong spawning pattern right now, N&C Marine team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that not all fish on Keowee spawn at the same time and there will be another wave or two in the coming weeks before the spawn is completed.
Fishing is excellent currently with a shallow bite on soft plastics along shorelines, points, and docks. Putting a bait on any shadow or bright spot on the lake bed will often result in a bite from a spotted bass on the bed.
An early bite on points is developing with small square-bills, spinnerbaits, or lipless crankbaits – this bite will get stronger in the coming weeks. A topwater bite is also improving on the lake, both early morning and late afternoon in areas holding bait fish. A small swimbait or topwater walking bait is effective.
Overall, this is a great time to be on the lake for numbers of fish and the chance to catch a big spotted bass up shallow.