While the bass fishing on Lake Keowee has gotten a little bit tougher – like most fishing in South Carolina in August – Guide Brad Fowler (864-934-5813) reports that parties are still having success catching pretty good numbers of spotted bass. First thing in the morning he reports that over much of the lake there is a decent topwater bite off shallow, flat points, but once the sun gets up you need to be drop-shotting worms in 30-35 feet of water around underwater structure. Shakey head worms and Carolina rigs will also catch fish. Spotted bass are aggressive feeders and they continue to feed straight through the summer.
None of that represents a big change from the last reports, but what Brad is doing differently right now is heading north. Typically Brad fishes the lower lake as it’s closer to where he lives and launches his boat, but in the late summer heat he has been heading north to the area below the Lake Jocassee dam. Even though the fish can be finicky he has found that there is more schooling activity up there in the cooler water, and instead of a topwater bite than dies when the sun comes up there is more random schooling throughout the morning – and sometimes even all day.
Overall, Lake Keowee is at 96.4% of full pool. If you know of anyone who would be willing and able to provide crappie, catfish or any other report for Lake Keowee please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.