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Clarks Hill (Lake Thurmond) Fishing Report

Please see below for the most recent reports.

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.

November 24

Clarks Hill water levels are down to 327.64 (full pool is 330.00) and water temperatures are around 65 or 66 degrees. The water is pretty stained. 

The hybrid and striped bass have started moving further and further up the lake and back into the river and creeks arms on Clarks Hill. William Sasser Guide Service (706-589-5468) reports

November 13

Clarks Hill water levels are back above full pool at 330.27 (full pool is 330.00) and water temperatures still range from the upper 60s to low 70s. As expected the lake is getting dirtier and there is more trash floating around.   

On the catfish front, Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports

November 12

Clarks Hill water levels are around full pool at 329.89 (full pool is 330.00) and water temperatures are fluctuating between about 68 and 72 degrees. The water was fairly clear but after this wind and rain it is getting more stained and there is floating trash. 

Water temperatures are warmer than normal on Clarks Hill for mid-November, and tournament angler Josh Rockefeller of Augusta reports

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