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AHQ Report - Lake Murray

February 6

Lake Murray water levels are up to 354.23 (full pool is 360.00) and the whole lake is dirtier than usual, ranging from muddy up the lake and in the backs to stained down the lake. Morning surface water temperatures are about 48. 

February 2

Lake Murray water levels are up to 353.57 (full pool is 360.00) and the upper end of the lake is muddy and filled with trash while the lake gradually improves as you go towards the dam. Surface water temperatures are still in the upper 40s and lower 50s. 

January 26

Lake Murray water levels have jumped further to 352.44 (full pool is 360.00) and another wall of mud is coming down the lake. Morning surface water temperatures are in the low 50s. 

January 20

Lake Murray water levels are at 350.25 (full pool is 360.00) and the lake is more stained than usual but visibility varies. Morning surface water temperatures are in the low 50s. 

January 13

Lake Murray water levels are back down to 350.27 (full pool is 360.00) and the lake is still stained but clearing. Morning surface water temperatures are in the low 50s. 

January 5

Lake Murray water levels have at least temporarily shot back up to 350.85 (full pool is 360.00) after yesterday’s rain and there is extremely muddy water coming down the rivers. Morning surface water temperatures are in the low 50s. 

December 22

Lake Murray water levels are down to 350.66 (full pool is 360.00) and they are pulling water so fast that the rivers are clear again.  With low water levels local rain beating on the banks will quickly stain or muddy the water in the immediate area, however. Morning surface water temperatures are in the low to mid-50s. 

December 16

Lake Murray water levels are slightly up to 350.97 (full pool is 360.00) as there has been a ton of rain in the last 24 hours. Morning surface water temperatures range from the mid- to upper 50s. 

December 1

Lake Murray water levels are down to 352.57 (full pool is 360.00) and clarity is down. It’s already stained but depending on rain in the Upstate the upper lake may get dirty. Morning surface water temperatures range from the high 50s to about 60. 

November 17

Lake Murray water levels are down to 353.65 (full pool is 360.00) and clarity is a little stained. Morning surface water temperatures are down to about 62-64 degrees. 

November 10

Lake Murray water levels are down to 354.00 (full pool is 360.00) and clarity is normal. Dissolved oxygen content is finally about the same at the surface and on the bottom.  Morning surface water temperatures are still about 65-67 degrees but starting to drop.

November 3

Lake Murray water levels are down to 354.52 (full pool is 360.00) and clarity is normal. The extreme lower lake finally appears to have turned over.  Morning surface water temperatures are about 65-67 degrees. 

October 26

Lake Murray water levels are at 355.12 (full pool is 360.00) and clarity is normal after very little rain. Morning surface water temperatures are still about 68 degrees by the dam and around 66 on the upper end. 

October 21

Lake Murray water levels are at 355.42 (full pool is 360.00) and clarity is picking up again. Morning surface water temperatures are about 68 degrees by the dam and around 66 on the upper end. 

October 13

Lake Murray water levels are at 355.87 (full pool is 360.00) and clarity is below normal as the lake turns over. Morning surface water temperatures are about 70 degrees by the dam and around 68 on the upper end. 

October 6

Lake Murray water levels are down to 356.12 (full pool is 360.00) and clarity is just a little below normal. Morning surface water temperatures are about 71 degrees by the dam and around 69 on the upper end. 

September 29

Lake Murray water levels are at 356.46 (full pool is 360.00) and clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures by the dam have dropped from 79 to 76 in the past two days. 

In the middle of the lake the striped bass are schooling right now, and Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports 

September 15

Lake Murray water levels are at 357.00 (full pool is 360.00) and clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to about 80 degrees on the big water. 

It’s a pretty exciting time for bass fishing on Lake Murray, and veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda (864-992-0243) reports

September 8

Lake Murray water levels are at 356.78 (full pool is 360.00) and clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures have risen back to the mid-80s. 

Even as water temperatures rebounded a little the striped bass seem to have left the big pool for the season, and Captain Brad Taylor (803-331-1354) reports

August 30

Lake Murray water levels are at 356.72 (full pool is 360.00) and morning surface water temperatures are about 81-82 degrees on the lower end. 

We’ll get to the bass patterns in just a minute, but last Saturday’s Fishing for a Cause tournament to benefit A Place for Us Ministries would have been a success whether they caught any fish or not. That’s because tournament director and veteran angler Stan Gunter of Saluda (864-992-0243) reports

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