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

  • by Jay

The most recent Lake Wateree fishing report can be found at:

March 8

Lake Wateree is at 97.6% of full pool, and water temperatures range from the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Largemouth bass are ahead of schedule this spring on Lake Wateree, and CATT tournament director Brett Collins reports that as warm as temperatures have been fish are already starting to get back into coves.  While he hasn’t seen any fish on beds yet, considering that they are already bedding on Murray and Santee he wouldn’t be surprised if a few very early fish are spawning.  By the CBC tournament next weekend a bunch of fish should be up spawning.  Not all the fish move into the backs at the same time, and so there are a lot of fish still grouped up on secondary points and points at the entrance to spawning areas.  However, most of the fishing is in 5 feet of water or less.  Recently rock has been holding a lot of bass, but wood and docks should get stronger as the spawn approaches.

Spinnerbaits have been producing a little better than jigs, but that may change soon.  As fish get into spawning mode 3/8 ounce jigs and Senkos should produce well, and Brett says that a bedding bass on Wateree can’t stand a topwater frog.  Anglers are already catching bass on buzzbaits and frogs.

Jimmy Bass and Wayne King with their 17.35 pound winning sack from the March 4 CATT on Wateree
Jimmy Bass and Wayne King with their 17.35 pound winning sack from the March 4 CATT on Wateree

Lake Wateree crappiecontinue to move shallower, and veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt reports that the fish are moving into the creeks and thinking about spawning.  It’s still prespawn, but the spawn is getting close.  Fish have left the brush and they can be found in 7-15 feet of water, and Beaver Creek, Taylors Creek and Dutchman Creek are all good places to start.  Tight-lining or trolling with baits close to the bottom is the best bet, and on warmer days the fish may get a little higher in the water column.  Colder, windier days they may hold very close to the bottom.  This is a time of year when jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and plain minnows will all catch fish.