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February 26

Lake Jocassee is down to 94.7% of full pool and surface water temperatures are around 51-52 degrees. Clarity is normal.

It seems the full moon has thrown off the daytime trout bite the last few days on Lake Jocassee, and Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports

February 26

Lake Monticello surface water temperatures have shot up to about 57 degrees, and on the lower end there has been some water as warm as 62. The lake is pretty stained, probably as a result of muddy water being pumped in from the river. 

Because of the unique dynamics of the lake water temperatures are running warmer on Lake Monticello than other South Carolina lakes, and tournament angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports

February 26

Lake Greenwood water levels are down to 436.40 (full pool is 440.0) and particularly the upper end is very muddy. Water temperatures are around 50 degrees. 

The bass fishing has been tough on Lake Greenwood, and veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports

February 26

Lake Russell water levels are down to 472.88 (full pool is 475.00). The main lake is clear while the creeks are fairly stained. Surface water temperatures are about 50 degrees in the morning. 

Even though water temperatures are still cool in the morning, Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

February 26

Lake Wateree is down to 99.7% of full pool and morning surface water temperatures range from about 51-52 on the main channel to 54 in the backs of creeks. The water is muddy. 

February 26

Lake Wylie is at 98.0% of full pool and morning surface water temperatures range from about 51-52 degrees on the main channel to 54 in the backs. The south end of the lake is muddy while the northern third of the lake is clear with a greenish tint. Some of the creeks are muddy in the backs. 

Earlier this week Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reported

February 26

Lake Hartwell water levels are up to 659.35 (full pool is 660.00).  There is still stained water in some creeks but overall the lake is getting clear again. Morning surface water temperatures are about 48-50 degrees. 

It’s been a better week for hybrid and striped bass on Lake Hartwell, and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

February 26

Santee Cooper water levels are just below full at 76.57 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.86 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). The lakes are muddy, with water flying through, and water temperatures range from the mid-40s to low-50s.

They call it fishing for a reason, and on Sunday in the CATT tournament David Matts and Garret Brown managed five that went over 30 pounds and there were several more big bags caught as well as a bunch of fish over 5 pounds. But on Sunday conditions had apparently completely changed, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

February 26

Clarks Hill water levels are above full at 330.38 (full pool is 330.00) and, while much of the lake is starting to clear, the upper end still has some very muddy areas and there is still a lot of debris floating. Water temperatures range from about 50-52 degrees.

There are plenty of hybrid and striped bass being caught on Clarks Hill right now, but William Sasser Guide Service (706-589-5468) reports

February 25

Lake Keowee is at 99.1% of full pool. Water temperatures are on the rise with low to mid-50s in the lower end of the lake up to 60s mid-lake. Clarity on the main lake, particularly the northern end, is very high with 10 plus feet of visibility.

With water temperatures moving up bass are also starting to move, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

February 24

Lake Murray water levels are up to 357.37 (full pool is 360.00) and, while the water is muddy up the lake and there is some color in the mid-lake, as water temperatures rise it is settling fast. Water temperatures range from about 50-52 degrees. 

There have been some big bass sacks headlining recent tournaments on Lake Murray, and

February 24

Surface water temperatures are in the 40s in Murrells Inlet.

Baisch Boys Bait and Tackle (843-651-1915) has regular and jumbo mud minnows, crappie minnows, fresh shrimp, and a full range of frozen baits. Soon fiddler crabs should be available again.  

Inshore fishing is almost non-existent on the south end of the Grand Strand, as Captain Jay Baisch (843-902-0356) reports