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AHQ Report - Lake Wylie

October 20

Lake Wylie is at 97.3% of full pool and surface water temperatures are around 70-71 degrees. Usually October and November have some of the clearest water of the year, but probably as a result of a lot of suspended solids the water is a turbid dark green. 

It’s a “good” bite for blue and channel catfish on Lake Wylie, and Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports

October 9

Lake Wylie is at 96.7% of full pool and surface water temperatures are around 72-73 degrees.

Anyone hoping for a seasonal improvement with the bass fishing on Lake Wylie would be disappointed so far, and tournament angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

September 24

Lake Wylie is back up to 96.7% of full pool and surface water temperatures are around 76 degrees on the south end of the lake. The water is a chalky color almost like it is starting to turn over (which it probably is not.)

As temperatures drop the bass on Lake Wylie are starting to get more and more into fall patterns, and tournament angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

September 16

Lake Wylie is down to 95.7% of full pool and morning surface water temperatures are in the lower 80s.   

Some positive seasonal changes are starting to take place with the bass on Lake Wylie and tournament angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

August 27

Lake Wylie is at 97.0% of full pool and morning surface water temperatures are in the lower 80s.   

Earlier in the summer the best catfish action was coming at night, but in the last few weeks Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports

July 29

Lake Wylie is at 96.5% of full pool and morning surface water temperatures are in the mid-80s. The lake is clear with a relative absence of significant rain. 

As with most everywhere in South Carolina, bass fishing has really slowed down on Lake Wylie right now. Tournament angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill 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 11

Lake Wylie is at 97.3% of full pool and water temperatures are in the upper 70s to low 80s. Because of all the current and wave action the water has a bit lower visibility than usual. 

Up and down water conditions have made for an unusual bite on Lake Wylie, and tournament bass angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

May 28

Lake Wylie is at 99.9% of full pool and water temperatures are in the lower 70s. With all the rain last week the water is very stained to muddy and there is ton of current.  

A very mild late spring is prolonging the shad spawn on Lake Wylie, and tournament bass angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

May 13

Lake Wylie is down to 97.2% of full pool and water temperatures remain stuck in the mid-60s. The water is still stained from the South Fork down. 

The bass spawn is essentially over on Lake Wylie, but angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

April 30

Lake Wylie is at 98.2% of full pool and water temperatures are in the mid to upper-60s. Most boat ramps are now open again.

The bass spawn is winding down on Lake Wylie, and angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

April 15

Lake Wylie is at 97.6% of full pool and water temperatures have dropped several degrees overnight to just under 67 degrees. The water is stained and getting muddier in the backs of creeks and up the rivers.   

For those who can get on the lake, spring bass fishing continues to be strong on Lake Wylie.  A recent “tournament” was one with 21 pounds, and angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

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