Even though catching bass on Lake Hartwell has been a struggle, the bite just up the road on Lake Keowee is very strong. Guide Brad Fowler of Pendleton reports that fish are feeding pretty heavily and there is significant schooling activity going on all over the lake, both over shallow water and over deep water. Anglers can certainly throw topwater lures to catch fish feeding on top, but they may have better luck fishing baits that run just under the surface. Jerkbaits and flukes are both good choices.
In addition to schooling fish, right now the deeper bite is getting much better. Fish are starting to group up well and move into some of their cooler weather haunts, and drop-shotting around structure in 20-60 feet of water is working well. Shakey head worms, Carolina rigs and jigging spoons will also catch fish.
Overall, Lake Keowee is at 97.7% of full pool.