A few weeks ago Guide Brad Fowler of Pendleton reported that if you wanted to catch a bunch of bass Lake Keowee was a good place to do it, and over the last few weeks he says that the bite has only gotten better. On a recent trip Brad caught fish from 20 feet out to 65 feet of water and everywhere in between, and at every spot where they stopped fish were feeding heavily and they left them biting so that customers could see other areas. He rates the bite as “very good.”
Even though water temperatures are still in the mid-60s fish are starting to get out deeper, and the current cool snap will only accelerate that trend. More and more fish will pile up around offshore structure such as deep points, humps and channels in the coming weeks.
While some of the fish are right on the bottom, others are suspended in mid-depths. Drop shotting Roboworms is probably the best way to catch fish on artificials, although live bait is also tough to beat for non-tournament fishing. There is also some topwater schooling activity, and particularly later in the afternoons fish can be found schooling in the creeks.
Overall, Lake Keowee is at 97.7% of full pool and as noted water temperatures are still unseasonably warm.
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