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AHQ INSIDER Lake Wateree (SC) Summer Fishing Report – Updated June 9

  • by Jay

The newest Lake Wateree fishing report, updated July 1, can be found at:


June 9

Lake Wateree is high at 97.6% of full pool, with the lower end fairly clear for Lake Wateree but the upper end stained although not muddy.  Water temperatures are around 80 degrees.

The bass fishing on Lake Wateree has been pretty good recently, and a few weeks ago tournament angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden reports that the best action was flipping shallow cover.  There was also a pretty good bite around docks, particularly when the bream spawn was hot (it may fire up again).

However, ever since water levels rose significantly and then stayed up the grass bite has been the key.  For Dearal fish haven’t been wanting to eat topwaters fished above the grass, but a Zoom Speed Worm or jig swam through the grass has been working well.  When there is a little wind they will eat a spinnerbait.

There are some fish out deep already but more should head out there once water temperatures rise a few more degrees.

Fisher Rodgers and Trent McLaughlin with the winning sack from the Take-A-Kid Fishing tournament on Wateree
Fisher Rodgers and Trent McLaughlin with the winning sack from the Take-A-Kid Fishing tournament on Wateree

On the crappie front veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt reports that fish have moved into a pretty typical summer pattern.  That means they can be found around brush, although at this stage of the season it’s only the 12-18 foot brush instead of the very deep stuff they will be on later.  Early in the morning they are on top of the brush, and as the sun comes up they sink down in.  Fish Stalker Ugly Green, pearl white and blue and white jigs have been working.

Fish can be found around brush pretty much over the entire lake – as long as you stick to the main lake.  While there may be some fish at the mouths of creeks where they join up with the river you don’t want to go any further back than that.  There are also some fish being caught around the bridges.