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Clarks Hill (Lake Thurmond) Fishing Report

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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.

September 22

Clarks Hill water levels are way above full pool at 331.37 (full pool is 330.00) while water temperatures have dropped all the way to 72-76 degrees. Up the lake is muddy. 

For the second straight week one of our regular Insider reports correspondents won big on Clarks Hill, and this weekend it was tournament angler Josh Rockefeller of Augusta who took first place in the 63-boat, 2-day BFL event on Clarks Hill.

Somewhere in America there might be a pair of bass fishermen who had a better weekend than Joe Anders and Greg Glouse, but it's hard to imagine it.  In the September 12 Palmetto Boat Center tournament on Clarks Hill our regular Lake Jocassee correspondent Joe and his tournament partner

September 15

Clarks Hill water levels are up even higher to 329.74 (full pool is 330.00) and water temperatures are around 82 degrees. 

It was a heck of a weekend for tournament partners Greg Glouse and Joe Anders of Easley

September 14

Clarks Hill water levels are still very high at 329.47 (full pool is 330.00), and water temperatures are around 82 degrees.   

While the fish continue to make a fall migration up the lake, William Sasser Guide Service (706-589-5468) reports

September 11

Clarks Hill water levels are still barely below full at 329.66 (full pool is 330.00), and water temperatures are in the mid to low-80s. 

The bass fishing is still tough on Clarks Hill, and tournament weights are pretty low, but there are some encouraging signs. In particular, tournament angler Tyler Matthews of Evans, GA reports

August 27

Clarks Hill water levels are barely below full at 329.96 (full pool is 330.00), and water temperatures have dropped a few degrees into the mid-80s.

While there are other ways to catch bass right now on Clarks Hill, the best pattern that tournament angler Josh Rockefeller of Augusta

July 30

Clarks Hill water levels are just below full at 329.81 (full pool is 330.00), and water temperatures remains in the high-80s. The lake is clear. 

Despite the hot water, William Sasser Guide Service (706-589-5468) reports

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