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Clarks Hill (Lake Thurmond) Fishing Report

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November 18

Clarks Hill water levels are at 323.94 (full pool is 330.00) and clarity is pretty normal. Morning surface water temperatures are down to the low 60s.   

November 10

Clarks Hill water levels are down to 324.15 (full pool is 330.00) and the lake is foamy in places as it is still turning over. Morning surface water temperatures are down to about 67 degrees. 

November 3

Clarks Hill water levels are down to 324.36 (full pool is 330.00) and the lake is relatively clear. Morning surface water temperatures are about 67-68 degrees.

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About Clarks Hill (Lake Thurmond)

Located on the Georgia/ South Carolina border approximately 22 miles upstream of the Savannah River from Augusta, Georgia, the originally named Clarks Hill Dam and Lake were built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1946 and 1954.  The last lake of the “Savannah River chain”, the dam near the South Carolina town of Clarks Hill is located near the confluence of the Georgia Little River and the Savannah River which form its two main arms.  One of the largest man-made lakes in the Southeast, the lake covers approximately 71,000 acres at full pool, has around 1200 miles of shoreline, and extends over 39 miles up the Savannah River in its longest run.  The lake was federally renamed J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir in 1987, but residents of Georgia and South Carolina often still refer to this body of water as Clarks Hill – still its official name per the state of Georgia.

A fishermen’s paradise with abundant underwater timber, Clarks Hill is known for its largemouth bass fishery, a large population of stocked striped and hybrid bass, big flathead and blue catfish, prolific crappie, bream, and more.  The most significant forage species are a very large population of blueback herring, abundant gizzard shad and a dwindling population of threadfin shad.