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Lake Greenwood Fishing Report

About Lake Greenwood

Lake Greenwood is located near the towns of Greenwood and Ninety Six, about an hour to the northwest of Columbia and around forty-five minutes to the southeast of Greenville.  The waters of the Saluda and Reedy Rivers come from the northwest and feed into Lake Greenwood, which was created between 1935 and 1940 with the construction of Buzzard’s Roost Dam.  

Lake Greenwood has 212 miles of shoreline and 11,400 surface acres of water, and today it is owned by Greenwood County.  A relatively shallow lake, Lake Greenwood averages 18 feet deep and is 60 feet deep at its deepest point.  The Greenwood County Lake Management Department controls permitting, camping, upkeep and maintenance on the lake, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources helps to manage the fishery resource.

Fishermen target Lake Greenwood’s healthy populations of largemouth and now spotted bass, black and white crappie, bream and catfish, and channel and flathead catfish.  DNR also stocks striped bass in the lake, although not in the quantities which they put into Lake Murray, Clarks Hill and other major striper fisheries.  White bass are also present in Greenwood, although they are increasingly being displaced by the white perch population.  The most significant forage fish on Lake Greenwood are threadfin and gizzard shad.

July 1

Lake Greenwood is at 439.20 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures are in the low to mid-80s. The lake is clearer than it has been for a while.   

Fishing for bass has definitely gotten tougher on Lake Greenwood, but veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports

June 15

Lake Greenwood is at 439.08 (full pool is 440.0) and surface water temperatures are around 84 in the morning and 87 in the afternoon. Clarity is very good for Lake Greenwood and the water is relatively clear at least as far up as the 72 bridge. 

It’s hard to pin down the bass on Lake Greenwood, and fresh off two days of practice and then a tournament this weekend veteran tournament anglers Stan Gunter of Saluda reports

May 28

Lake Greenwood is at 439.32 (full pool is 440.0) and water temperatures are in the low to mid-70s. The mud line has come almost all the way down the lake and the flood gates are open.  

Even before the latest monsoon bass fishing was tough on Lake Greenwood and the fish seemed to be in a post-spawn funk, but tournament angler Stan Gunter of Saluda reports

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