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July 10

Lake Keowee is at 98.6% of full pool and water temperatures are now in the mid-80s over most of the lake. The coolest water is near the base of the Jocassee dam.  A heavy rain on July 9 has some of the major creeks on the lower end of the lake stained, but otherwise the water is clear. 

Even as it warms bass fishing patterns are fairly stable on Lake Keowee, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

July 2

Lake Jocassee is at 98.4% of full pool, and water temperatures had hit 80 but are now in the high-70s around the dam. Water clarity is normal. 

While there are certainly bass to be caught during the day on Lake Jocassee, tournament angler Joe Anders of Easley reports

July 2

Inshore surface water temperatures in the morning around Edisto Island are about 82 degrees and there is fair water clarity. Finger mullet have just reached the perfect size for bait.

Even though it’s July, Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

July 1

Lake Monticello water temperatures are in the mid-80s, and clarity is typically good. Water levels fluctuate daily. 

The bass are doing exactly what is expected on Lake Monticello at the beginning of July, and B.A.S.S. angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports

July 1

Lake Wateree is at 96.8% of full pool and morning surface water temperatures are in the low 80s. Clarity is normal for Lake Wateree. 

While a few people are figuring out to catch 16 or 17 pounds bass fishing on Lake Wateree, tournament angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden reports

July 1

Lake Greenwood is at 439.20 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures are in the low to mid-80s. The lake is clearer than it has been for a while.   

Fishing for bass has definitely gotten tougher on Lake Greenwood, but veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports

July 1

Morning surface water temperatures are roughly 83 degrees around Hilton Head, but in the afternoons in skinny water they can reach 90. The water is not very clear mainly due to tides and wind. 

As it gets hot some inshore species have gotten a little sluggish around Hilton Head, but Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley (843-368-2126) reports

June 30

Ocean surface water temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand are about 80 degrees. The water is clearing up nicely.

Even as it gets hot they are catching a mixed bag north of Myrtle Beach, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

June 30

Lake Russell water levels are just under full at 474.93 (full pool is 475.00), and morning surface water temperatures have risen into the low to mid-80s. The lake is relatively clear. 

The bass fishing has gotten good on Lake Russell, but Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

June 30

Lake Wylie has dropped to 96.8% of full pool and morning surface water temperatures are around 83 degrees. The water is fairly clear. A thermocline is starting to form around 34 feet on the south end. 

It wouldn’t take huge weights to win a bass tournament on Lake Wylie right now, but tournament angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

June 26

Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.90 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.48 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Water temperatures range from about the mid-70s to low 80s because of all the cool freshwater coming into the lakes, and overall clarity is good. 

Even though water temperatures are relatively mild on the Santee lakes, Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

June 26

Clarks Hill water levels are back above full pool at 330.08 (full pool is 330.00), and morning surface temperatures in the main lake are up to 80-81 degrees. While there is some debris floating from the rain yesterday it is not a significant, and the water is still very clear. 

On the bass front, there are a couple of different ways to target fish. The first is to fish the shallows, and tournament angler Josh Rockefeller of Augusta