Lake Keowee is at 97.4% of full pool and the backs of major creeks and coves are stained after heavy rainfall this past week.Water temperatures have also fallen a degree or so from the mid- to high 80s over most of the lake, with temperatures below the Jocassee dam also a bit cooler.
Lake Jocassee is at 96.4% of full pool and, while the main lake is still clear, recent rains and run-off have dirtied up the banks.Morning surface water temperatures are in the lower 80s in the creeks.
Fresh off 16 pounds and first place in last night’s bass event, tournament angler Joe Anders of Easley reports
Lake Wylie is at 97.2% of full pool and with a bunch of rain over the weekend the creeks and rivers got really muddy.That water has quickly moved down the lake and morning surface water temperatures are in the mid-80s.
The bass fishing has gotten even tougher on Lake Wylie, and in a recent Thursday night event with 30 boats first place was a very respectable thirteen pounds, while second place dropped to 7 pound and third was in the 4s.Brutal does not even begin to describe the fishing.
Lake Hartwell water levels have shot back up to 661.37 (full pool is 660.00) after the torrential rains, and while the main lake has stayed clear some of the backs have gotten a little cloudy. (It would be highly unusual for the lake to get muddy during the summer).Morning surface temperatures dropped from 87 to 84 this week, but they will probably return to the high 80s soon.
Early in the morning it’s still a very good bite for hybrid bass, and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports
Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.39 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.03 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5).Despite recent rains the lakes remain relatively clear and morning surface water temperatures are 87 or 88 degrees.
The catfish bite remains the best thing going on Santee Cooper, and Captain Stevie English (843-709-8138) reports