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AHQ Report - Lake Murray

July 21

Lake Murray water levels have jumped up about 6 inches to 357.97 (full pool is 360.00) and the rivers are getting muddy while the main lake still looks pretty good. Morning surface water temperatures on the big water have dropped to about 82 degrees. 

It may be late July but it’s still a really good bass bite on Lake Murray, and tournament angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria (fresh off his third straight top-3 Tuesday night tournament result with his father Steve) reports

July 8

Lake Murray water levels are at 357.65 (full pool is 360.00) and the water has normal summertime color. Morning surface water temperatures are in the low to mid-80s depending on section of the lake.  

It wouldn’t make sense to lead off with anything else but striped bass in a week and on a day when Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) rates

June 24

Lake Murray water levels are down to 357.61 (full pool is 360.00) and the water is somewhat stained after recent rains with a green algae tint. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped into the upper 70s after the rain and with cooler days and nights.    

Lake Murray bass fishing is a little tough but it’s unclear which way it’s heading, and tournament angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports

June 18

Lake Murray water levels are down to 357.89 (full pool is 360.00) and the water is generally relatively clear with a green algae tint. Morning surface water temperatures range from the upper 70s to the lower 80s.   

Lake Murray striped bass are getting into a pretty normal summer pattern, and Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports

June 9

Lake Murray water levels are at 358.12 (full pool is 360.00) and the water is generally relatively clear with a green algae tint. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped into the upper 70s.  

It’s not what you would expect at this time of year, but tournament angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports

May 27

Lake Murray water levels are at 358.08 (full pool is 360.00) and the water is relatively clear. Surface water temperatures in the morning are around 80 degrees.

Right now the striped bass on Lake Murray are keying on spawning threadfin shad, and Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports

May 19

Lake Murray water levels are at 358.06 (full pool is 360.00) and the water is clearing again after last week’s rains. Surface water temperatures in the morning are around 72-73 degrees. 

There are already some early signs of striped bass moving deeper on Lake Murray, and this week Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) has

May 6

Lake Murray water levels are at 358.10 (full pool is 360.00) and water temperatures are in the lower 70s. Even after recent rains clarity is still good. 

It’s been an exceptional week for striped bass on Lake Murray, and Monday Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports

April 27

Lake Murray water levels are up to 358.15 (full pool is 360.00) and water temperatures are in the upper 60s. 

The striped bass bite has not been quite what one expects in late April recently, and Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports

April 16

Lake Murray water levels are up to 358.04 (full pool is 360.00). The lake is fairly clear but starting to get a green tint due to algae growth. Water temperatures have dropped but are in the mid to upper 60s. 

It’s many people’s favorite time of the year to fish on Lake Murray, and Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports

April 2

Lake Murray water levels have dropped several inches in the last 24 hours to 357.99 (full pool is 360.00). The lower lake is clear while the mid-lake has a healthy stain. Water temperatures have dropped abruptly in the last 24 hours and they were 57 at Dreher Island this morning.  At the dam they have held about 58 all day. 

At blast-off this morning in the benefit bass tournament for the Little Mountain Fire Department veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports

March 25

Lake Murray water levels are at 357.86 (full pool is 360.00). Up the lake the water has a little color to it but the lower end is clear. Morning surface water temperatures are in the process of shooting up from the upper 50s to 60s. 

It’s a time of year and a week where things are changing really fast, and out on the water right now veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports

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