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AHQ Report

November 24

Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.91 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 73.89 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Surface water temperatures are around 64 and the lakes are dirty.

At last report Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) speculated

November 24

Lake Hartwell water levels are down to 657.75 (full pool is 660.00) and water temperatures are down to about 64. The lake is clear. 

For the first time in almost a year water levels are down more than two feet below full pool, and perhaps not coincidentally Guide Brad Fowler reports

November 19

Inshore surface water temperatures are down to the upper 60s in the main rivers around Beaufort. Clarity is low and there is still tons of bait around.

The trout fishing has been nothing short of outstanding around Beaufort, and Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports

November 19

Inshore surface water temperatures around Edisto Island are down to the mid to upper 60s. The North Edisto is clear while the South Edisto is a bit browner because of the rain – but still not bad.  Bait is finally leaving the creeks. 

It’s that time of year when each drop in the water temperature reminds inshore species that they need to feed up because soon there will be an absence of forage, and as a result Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

November 19

Lake Wylie is at 97.2% of full pool and surface water temperatures are in the mid-60s. They are pulling a ton of water through the lake such that the upper end is clearing while the lower end has gotten very muddy. 

At this point it sounds like a broken record, but tournament angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

November 19

Water temperatures did fall into the 60s but then heated back up to 70, but it finally looks surface water temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand have dropped backed into the 60s for good. With the recent king tides, wind and rain clarity is low.  Bait is just starting to leave the creeks.  

The last couple of days have finally seen more seasonal weather on the north end of the South Carolina Grand Strand, but Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

November 19

Lake Keowee is at 99.0% of full pool and surface water temperatures have now fallen into the upper 60s over most of the lake, except for the mid-lake area around the power plant where they are holding in the low 70s. Water clarity is normal. 

The bass fishing continues to be good on Lake Keowee, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

November 13

Clarks Hill water levels are back above full pool at 330.27 (full pool is 330.00) and water temperatures still range from the upper 60s to low 70s. As expected the lake is getting dirtier and there is more trash floating around.   

On the catfish front, Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports

November 12

Lake Jocassee is at 95.5% of full pool and water temperatures are still around 70 degrees. Between fall and the storms there is a lot of debris in the water, but conditions remain very clear. 

The bass fishing has gotten a little tougher on Lake Jocassee, but tournament angler Joe Anders of Easley reports

November 12

Lake Monticello water temperatures are in the upper 60s, and the water is typically clear although muddy around the banks with recent rains and win. Lake levels normally fluctuate daily.

Warmer temperatures have the bassa little behind schedule on Lake Monticello, and B.A.S.S. angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports

November 12

Clarks Hill water levels are around full pool at 329.89 (full pool is 330.00) and water temperatures are fluctuating between about 68 and 72 degrees. The water was fairly clear but after this wind and rain it is getting more stained and there is floating trash. 

Water temperatures are warmer than normal on Clarks Hill for mid-November, and tournament angler Josh Rockefeller of Augusta reports

November 12

Lake Greenwood is at 438.62 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures are around 68-70 degrees. The lake was fairly clear before this rain but is getting dirty as water levels rapidly rise. 

Lake Greenwood is fishing okay but not great, and tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports