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Clarks Hill Spring 2015 fishing Report (Updated June 5)

  • by Jay

Clarks Hill is at 329.53

Catfish: Very good. Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reports that Clarks Hill catfishing remains very strong, and both channel and flathead catfish can still be found spawning in the rocks around bridges as well as the dam riprap. The best technique is to fish a piece of cut herring on a Carolina rig or a split shot rig, similar to how you would fish a plastic worm, by casting the rig up towards the bank and letting it fall in between the rocks as you work it back to the boat. Use your trolling motor to maneuver parallel to the rocks. Early morning is the best time, and a mixed bag of fish including very nice cats can be caught this way.

Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good. Captain William Sasser reports that early and late fish are up tight against the riprap by the dam, and while a surprisingly low number of anglers are there targeting them the bite is very good.   These fish are eating down-lined live herring but it would also be possible to plug fish for them. After that early morning bite the better fish are being caught on down-lined live herring fished off main lake points on the bottom in 50-60 feet of water.

Crappie: Fair to good. Captain William Sasser reports that crappie remain along the main river channel and the pattern is essentially unchanged. In the Georgia Little River his boat is catching crappie on minnows fished 10 feet down over brush in 15-18 feet of water.

Black bass: Fair. Buckeye Lures in Augusta reports that fish are moving into a summer pattern. There is sporadic topwater activity off points, particularly early in the morning, and flukes and Spooks will catch some fish if you happen upon the right point at the right time. However, most fish are moving out to offshore humps that may rise to 12-18 feet of surface but are surrounded by deeper water. Mop Jigs or mini Mop Jigs, Carolina rigs and big plastic worms are the best bets for getting bit.

DHEC Fish Advisory: Only one meal per week of largemouth bass.