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Clarks Hill (Lake Thurmond) Fishing Report

Learn more about Clarks Hill below

July 1

Clarks Hill water levels are just below full at 329.72 (full pool is 330.00) and the water clarity is still high. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to about 81 degrees. 

It’s been a better week for hybrid and striped bass fishing on Clarks Hill, and Little River Guide Service (706-210-3474) reports

June 23

Clarks Hill water levels are still above full at 330.14 (full pool is 330.00) and the water is still very clear on the lower end. Morning surface water temperatures are still about 84-85 degrees. 

Fresh off a fourth-place finish in this weekend’s BFL on Clarks Hill with 17-2, tournament angler Josh Rockefeller of Augusta reports 

June 17

Clarks Hill water levels are still above full at 330.67 (full pool is 330.00) and the water is very clear on the lower end. Morning surface water temperatures are about 84-85 degrees and a thermocline is starting to set up about 20 feet down. 

The hybrid and striped bass fishing is improved this week on Clarks Hill, and Little River Guide Service (706-210-3474) reports

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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.

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