Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.90 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.48 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5).Water temperatures range from about the mid-70s to low 80s because of all the cool freshwater coming into the lakes, and overall clarity is good.
Even though water temperatures are relatively mild on the Santee lakes, Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports
Clarks Hill water levels are back above full pool at 330.08 (full pool is 330.00), and morning surface temperatures in the main lake are up to 80-81 degrees.While there is some debris floating from the rain yesterday it is not a significant, and the water is still very clear.
On the bass front, there are a couple of different ways to target fish.The first is to fish the shallows, and tournament angler Josh Rockefeller of Augusta
Lake Keowee is at 98.5% of full pool.With the cold front this week water temperatures have remained in the high 70s to mid-80s over most of the lake. The coolest water is in the very north end of the lake. Clarity is normal.
Inshore surface water temperatures have dropped all the way to 73 after several cool days in Beaufort, and water clarity varies.In areas where the water is dirty it is muddy because of wind and the water is not tannic.There are lots of tiny shrimp in the creeks.
Inshore surface water temperatures in the morning around Edisto Island are about 82 degrees and there is decent water clarity.The water is browner in the South Edisto because of all the rainfall coming down the river, while the North Edisto, a closed tidal system, is clearer.
The fish are in a reliable summer pattern around Edisto Island, and Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports
Inshore surface water temperatures around Georgetown have dropped to about 77 degrees from 82 last week, and with all the recent rains Winyah Bay is very brown again.North Inlet is cleaner because of the water coming in and out from the ocean but still a little murky.
There was a flash of summer normalcy last week, and Captain Fred Rourk (843-241-4767) reports