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Lake Jocassee Fishing Report

Please see below for the most recent reports.

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.

November 24

Lake Jocassee is at 95.4% of full pool and water temperatures are down to 65 degrees. Clarity remains normal.   

While fishing is still a grind, it’s promising for trout fishing that water temperatures are finally starting to fall on Lake Jocassee. Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports

November 12

Lake Jocassee is at 95.5% of full pool and water temperatures are still around 70 degrees. Between fall and the storms there is a lot of debris in the water, but conditions remain very clear. 

The bass fishing has gotten a little tougher on Lake Jocassee, but tournament angler Joe Anders of Easley reports

October 23

Lake Jocassee is at 93.8% of full pool and water temperatures are still 70-73 degrees. Water clarity remains very high. 

There were some signs of life at the last trout report, but Guide Sam Jones (864-280-9056) reports

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