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Lake Jocassee Fishing Report

Lake Jocassee is a deep, clear lake located in the Northeast corner of South Carolina and ringed by mountains.  It covers approximately 7500 acres of water and features a main, almost round basin and multiple rivers and creeks coming off of the “bowl” to the north and west.  The major tributaries are Whitewater River and the Toxaway River, and water also enters the lake at Bad Creek Station from Bad Creek Reservoir.  Most people who have fished or explored Lake Jocassee would agree it is among the most scenic outdoor locations in South Carolina.

Lake Jocassee is best known for its population of stocked brown and rainbow trout, but is also known for its trophy population of black bass.  Each year some of the largest largemouth bass caught in the state come out of Jocassee, and the lake also holds the state record for smallmouth bass, spotted bass and redeye bass.  There are also hybrids of these species.  Lake Jocassee also has some less popular species, including catfish and bream, but trout and bass are certainly king.  Forage species include threadfin shad and blackback herring as well as some gizzard shad.

July 2

Lake Jocassee is at 98.4% of full pool, and water temperatures had hit 80 but are now in the high-70s around the dam. Water clarity is normal. 

While there are certainly bass to be caught during the day on Lake Jocassee, tournament angler Joe Anders of Easley reports

June 18

Lake Jocassee is at 97.4% of full pool, and water temperatures at the dam had gotten to the upper 70s but have now dropped back to 70-72. Water clarity is normal. 

The trout bite is still good on Lake Jocassee, and Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports

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Read more fishing reports from Lake Jocassee and other popular places at the AHQ Report!