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AHQ Report

July 1

Santee Cooper water levels are down to 74.02 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.92 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5) and the lakes are normal clarity. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped into the mid-80s in most areas.  

On the crappie front, Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports

July 1

Lake Wateree is at 97.5% of full pool and morning surface water temperatures have dropped into the mid-80s.

The crappie bite continues to be phenomenal on Lake Wateree, and veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt reports

July 1

Clarks Hill water levels are just below full at 329.72 (full pool is 330.00) and the water clarity is still high. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to about 81 degrees. 

It’s been a better week for hybrid and striped bass fishing on Clarks Hill, and Little River Guide Service (706-210-3474) reports

July 1

Lake Murray water levels have risen slightly to 357.00 (full pool is 360.00) and water conditions are more stained after recent rains. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to about 80 degrees in the creeks. 

There has been a significant change in the striped bass patterns over the last few days

June 24

Lake Keowee is at 97.6 % of full pool and water clarity is high. Morning surface water temperatures have risen to the mid- to high 80s with this most recent heat wave. 

Probably due to water temperatures, N&C Marine / Falcon team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

June 24

Lake Wylie is at 96.7% of full pool and the lake is clear. Morning surface water temperatures are in the mid-80s.

It would be tough to pretend the bass fishing is strong on Lake Wylie right now

June 24

Lake Jocassee is down to 95.6% of full pool and clarity is extremely high from the main lake to the rivers. Morning surface water temperatures are around 78 degrees on the main lake and in the low 80s in the backs. 

Even though surface temperatures are relatively stable on Lake Jocassee the depths are gradually heating up, and Jocassee Charters (864-280-9056) reports

June 24

Morning surface water temperatures around Edisto Island are around 82 degrees inshore. Both rivers are clear.

While a majority of the trout they are catching are either side of the minimum size limit, Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

June 24

Morning surface water temperatures are still about 84 inshore around Beaufort.  Shrimp and finger mullet are prolific in the creeks. 

Even though it’s hot and bait is extremely abundant the redfish are still eating pretty well in Beaufort, and Captain Tuck Scott with Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports

June 24

Morning surface water temperatures are around 86 degrees inshore around Hilton Head. Shrimp, small finger mullet and menhaden are all abundant. 

As warm as the water has gotten it’s hard to understand why, but Captain Kai Williams (843-816-7475) reports

June 24

Morning surface water temperatures are around 81-82 degrees inshore around Little River. Bait is now pretty abundant in the creeks. 

The Spanish mackerel continue to provide a lot of excitement at the north end of the Grand Strand this week, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

June 23

Morning surface water temperatures are around 87 degrees inshore around Charleston. 

With water temperatures this high it’s no surprise that the tarpon have showed up in Charleston and along the South Carolina coast, and Captain Rob Bennett (843-367-3777) report

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