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AHQ INSIDER Lake Keowee (SC) Fall 2019 Fishing Report - Updated December 5

  • by Jay

December 5

Lake Keowee is at 99.2% of full pool. Surface water temperatures continue to slowly fall on Keowee with the south and north ends now in the low 60s and the mid-lake area still in the mid-60s. Water clarity is normal (very clear).

Late fall fishing remains good on Keowee, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that the patterns are pretty stable. Right now a lot of fish are in the 35-50 foot range, and they can be targeted with a drop shot or small spoon.  A small profile bait is preferred with either of these approaches as the shad being eaten are generally small in size.  White and silver colors are working best.  Shallower fish can be targeted with a shaky head or similar finesse bait on rocky points and around docks.

This big spotted bass was caught by Bates Kennedy in 45' of water on a recent trip with Charles Townson

November 27

Lake Keowee is at 98.3% of full pool. Surface water temperatures continue to slowly fall on Keowee and now range from about 62 on the lower and upper ends of the lake to around 66 mid-lake near the power plant.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

As temperatures continue to drop N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that fishing remains very good on the lake with a lot of spotted bass being caught in the 35-50 foot range using drop-shots or small spoons.  Trolling deep diving crankbaits is another technique working right now. 

Some fish can also be caught shallow on rocky banks and around docks using shaky heads.  For numbers of fish, the best pattern is finding creeks holding bait and targeting those fish with shad imitations on a drop-shot.  

Charles Townson guided this young client to this fish yesterday in 45 feet 

 

November 22

Lake Keowee is at 98.8% of full pool. Surface water temperatures have fallen into the mid-60s with the exception of the area around the power plant where they remain in the low 70s. Water clarity is normal (very clear).

As temperatures continue to drop N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that fishing remains very good targeting spotted bass in 40 to 50 feet of water with drop shots or small jigging spoons.  Look for bait in creek channels and long-running coves.  Finding bait in these areas is a high probability location for a school of spotted bass. 

Keep your eyes open for any fish chasing bait in the backs of creeks around dusk.

 

November 14

Lake Keowee is at 98.7% of full pool.  Surface water temperatures are now in the mid-to upper 60s and should continue to fall quickly with this week’s cold weather. Water clarity is normal (very clear).

While bassfishing is strong for numbers of fish right now, N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson(864-324-2065) reports that last week's Skeeter Challenge showed that big fish are hard to come by. The good news is that most boats posted consistent limits. 

Targeting groups of fish in 40-50 feet of water with drop shots or small spoons is an excellent way to catch spotted bass with an occasional largemouth mixed in.  Look for any area holding bait and spotted bass should be nearby.  Wind-blown points and shorelines can also be productive with a spinnerbait or jerkbait. 

 

October 25

Lake Keowee is at 97.0% of full pool.  Morning surface water temperatures are now in the mid-70s over most of the lake, but still around 80 degrees at the power plant.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

Falling water temperatures have Lake Keowee basson the move, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that fishing is good and should remain that way for the next few weeks. 

There is a strong early bite on points with crankbaits and spinnerbaits if it is windy. After the sun comes up, shakey heads and soft plastics in 10-15 feet of water are working well. Keep your eyes open for any fish chasing bait on the surface. Another good technique is a drop shot in 30-40 feet of water off main lake and secondary points. 

 

October 17

Lake Keowee is at 97.4% of full pool.  Morning surface water temperatures are now 80 degrees on the north and south ends and in the mid-80s around the power plant.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

With some fall cooling finally taking place, N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that fishing is improving. In particular, the morning bite on points and humps is much stronger this week.  Throw small crankbaits such as a square bill or DT6 early.  If it’s windy, a spinnerbait is also a good choice on wind-blown banks and points. 

As the sun comes up, move out deeper with a crankbait, shakey head or Ned rig.  A good depth is 10-15 feet for this bite.  There are also some deeper fish around bait which can be targeted with a drop shot or small spoon. 

Some schooling activity is present, but that bite is still slower than it should be.  Look for schooling fish in the late afternoon as that seems to be the best time right now for that activity.  Much cooler weather on the way should drop the water temperatures more quickly and fishing should continue to improve over the coming weeks.

 

October 5

Lake Keowee is down to 98.5% of full pool and water temperatures remain stubbornly high at 86 over most of the lake and still around 90 mid-lake.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

It’s been hot all week, but N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that the topwater bite is on the verge of getting very good as the water begins to cool with more seasonable weather forecast.  There is a fair to good morning bite on points and humps with crankbaits and small swimbaits or flukes.  These fish can also be caught on a topwater, popper or Sammy for the first hour or so after daylight. 

After that, look for any schooling fish off points adjacent to deep water.  There are still a lot of fish out suspended over deep water as well.  Look for these and target with a drop shot or small jigging spoon.  Fall is coming!

 

September 25

Lake Keowee is down to 96.7% of full pool and water temperatures have remained steady over the past week.   Even though the days are getting shorter, the hot weather is holding the morning surface water temperatures at about 84 on the south and north ends and around 90 mid-lake.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

Continuing a trend that started last week, N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that despite the heat the bass fishing is starting to improve as we move toward fall weather. The morning bite is slowly getting stronger on shallow, rocky points and humps early.  Small crankbaits, flukes, topwaters, and small swimbaits can be used.  Some fish can be caught shallow throughout the day on frogs. 

The topwater bite is improving so look for any schooling fish off points and humps.  These fish can be caught with a walking bait, or a drop shot when they are not schooling.  A good depth is 20 to 40 feet. 

There are some deeper fish still in 35-50 feet and they can be targeted with a drop shot or small spoon.  Look for areas holding bait and the spotted bass are typically close by.

 

 

September 20

Lake Keowee is at 98.1% of full pool and water temperatures remain persistently high due to the continued hot weather.  Around the power plant, temperatures are still averaging about 90 degrees.  On the lower and upper ends of the lake, mid-80s are consistently found.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

Even though the morning bass bite remains slow on Lake Keowee, N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that it is showing some signs of beginning to pick up.  Lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits (if windy), and topwater baits fished early on rocky points are the best bet. 

After the sun gets up, look for fish either in the 15-25 foot range with a shaky head or look for deeper fish in 35-50 feet with a drop shot or small spoon.  Keep an eye out for bait and any schooling fish at all times.  

 

 

September 14

Lake Keowee is at 97.9% of full pool, and water temperatures remain high with the recent warm weather.  They range from about 86 on the lower and upper ends to around 90 still in the mid-lake area around the Hot Hole.  Water clarity is normal (very clear).

The bass bite remains tough on Lake Keowee, but N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that a few fish are being caught early on topwaters such as a Sammy or Mikey Jr.  The best bite is in areas where fish are schooling.  While they are on top, a walking bait like a Sammy or an Evergreen JT 95 is a good choice.  The best colors are chrome or blue back herring patterns. 

When they are not on the surface look for fish with electronics and use a drop shot or small spoon when found.  The best depths are 35 to 50 feet with small bait presentations.  If there is no bait present in an area or no surface activity, keep moving until you find bait. 

Keep your eyes open for any schooling at all times - even over very deep water.  The top water bite will continue to improve in the coming weeks when we get some cooling temperatures.  

Charles also reports that his trips are now running the all-new 2020 Skeeter FXR Limited Edition Boat, pictured below.

 

September 9

Lake Keowee is at 98.2% of full pool, and water temperatures are still in the mid-80s over most of the lake with upper 80s and low 90s around the power plant. Water clarity is normal (very clear).

There’s not a lot of change in the bass bite on Lake Keowee, as Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports that continued very warm weather is keeping the water temperatures high.  The early morning bite is best with small crankbaits and topwater baits on points, humps, and shoals.  After the sun comes up, look for deeper fish in the 30-50 foot range with a drop shot or small spoon. 

Schooling activity should continue to improve over the next few weeks, but there are already some good fish like the one below being caught. Any area holding bait can result in fish schooling, generally over deep water or around points near deep water.  Finding those areas can make for a good morning using topwater baits such as a Sammy in clear or chrome shades.

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