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AHQ Report - Lake Russell

May 7

Lake Russell water levels are way above full at about 476 (full pool is 475.00) although the lake remains very clear.  Morning surface water temperatures are around 70 degrees. 

It is still an excellent time for bass fishing on Lake Russell, and Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

April 29

Lake Russell water levels are above full at 475.03 (full pool is 475.00) and the lake is very clear except for some floating debris and pollen.  Water temperatures are in the upper 60s. 

The bass fishing is still really good on Lake Russell, and Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

April 16

Lake Russell water levels are up to above full at 475.26 (full pool is 475.00). Surface water temperatures are in the upper 60s. 

The bass fishing remains strong on Lake Russell, and Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

April 2

Lake Russell water levels are down to 473.91 (full pool is 475.00). Morning surface water temperatures were about 63 or 64 degrees in the creeks before the cold snap but have dropped. The main lake is pretty clear but the creeks have a good stain to them.

The bass fishing has really picked up on Lake Russell, and Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

March 19

Lake Russell water levels are almost full at 474.88 (full pool is 475.00). Morning surface water temperatures have fall to about 59 degrees. Water clarity is a little stained after the rain this week. 

 Most bass anglers love spring warming, but on Lake Russell Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) often finds

March 10

Lake Russell water levels are at 473.50 (full pool is 475.00). Morning surface water temperatures are about 54 on the main lake and in the upper 50s in the creeks. Water clarity is normal.

The bass fishing is picking up again on Lake Russell, and tournament angler/ Guide Brad Fowler of Pendleton reports

March 5

Lake Russell water levels are at 472.99 (full pool is 475.00). Morning surface water temperatures are about 53 on the main lake and 57 in the creeks. Water clarity is normal.

Lake Russell offered perhaps the best bass fishing in the state through the winter, so perhaps it’s karma that at least this week as the fishing turns on around South Carolina the action on Russell lags behind. Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) 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 18

Lake Russell water levels are at 474.03 (full pool is 475.00). Water temperatures are in the upper 40s and before today’s rain clarity was still fairly good.

He’s not expecting it to last much past this weekend, but Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

February 4

Lake Russell water levels are at 474.09 (full pool is 475.00). Water temperatures are down to about 48-49 degrees and the lake is pretty clear. 

There has been some really good fishing recently on Lake Russell, and Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

January 21

Lake Russell water levels are at 473.83 (full pool is 475.00). Water temperatures are down to about 50 degrees and the lake is clear. 

Lake Russell remains a really good place to catch bass, and Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports

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