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Lake Jocassee Fishing Report

Learn more about Lake Jocassee below

October 21

Lake Jocassee is at 94.6% of full pool and they are pulling so much water through the lake that water clarity is unusually high despite all the rain, even in areas that are not usually clear.  Morning surface water temperatures are around 74 degrees. 

There aren’t many surprises in the fall trout bite on Lake Jocassee, and Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports

October 8

Lake Jocassee is at 95.9% of full pool and clarity has been unusually high – although the rains are beginning to reduce it. Morning surface water temperatures are still around 76-77 degrees. 

Despite pouring rain that kept him off the water, tournament angler Joe Anders of Easley reports

September 30

Lake Jocassee is around 95.4% of full pool and clarity is extremely high. Morning surface water temperatures are around 77 degrees. 

Water temperatures have not cooled off enough for the trout to move shallower, and Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports

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About Lake Jocassee

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.

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