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AHQ INSIDER Lake Keowee (SC) Spring Fishing Report – Updated March 8

  • by Jay


March 8

Lake Keowee is at 97.0% of full pool.  Surface temperatures range from the upper 50s to the mid-60s depending on area of the lake.  Clarity is very good.

It’s an in-between time for Lake Keowee bass according to Guide Brad Fowler, who reports that some of the fish are starting to move up – and some are not.  Of course, in the very warm “hot hole” area there are fish that are spawning, but outside the area of the lake most directly influenced by the warm-water discharge fish are mixed between late winter and pre-spawn patterns.  Partly owing to the frosty mornings a few days ago, and partly to the time of year, there is still a big group of fish out in deep winter haunts that hasn’t moved.

There is also another group of fish that is staging on points, secondary points, and creek channel swings.  Keowee fishes differently from a lot of other South Carolina lakes and so these fish are generally in the 10-30 foot range.  They will eat Blade Runners but this is basically a soft plastic bite, and Carolina rigs with lizards, drop shot rigs, and shakey head worms with finesse or Trick worms will all work.

A nice spotted bass caught on Guide Brad Fowler's boat
A nice spotted bass caught on Guide Brad Fowler’s boat