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Lake Keowee Fishing Report

Learn more about Lake Keowee below

September 28

Lake Keowee is at 97.3% of full pool and the main lake is clear. Morning surface water temperatures are about 80 degrees on the north and south ends while the mid-lake is still in the lower 80s first-thing. 

  • by Jay

September 21

Lake Keowee is at 97.2% of full pool and the main lake is clear. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped into the low 80s over most of the lake. 

  • by Jay

September 14

Lake Keowee is at 98.7% of full pool and the main lake is clear. Morning surface water temperatures are now in the low to mid-80s. 

  • by Jay

September 8

Lake Keowee is at 98.2% of full pool and the main lake is clear. Morning surface water temperatures are mostly in the mid-70s. 

  • by Jay

September 1

Lake Keowee is at 98.1% of full pool and, while heavy rainfall on Tuesday has muddied the backs of major creeks, the main lake remains very clear. Morning surface water temperatures remain at their summertime highs with mid to upper 80s throughout the lake. 

  • by Jay

August 25

Lake Keowee is at 97.6% of full pool and water clarity is normal. Morning surface water temperatures remain in the upper 80s over most of the lake while low 80s can be found at the base of the Jocassee dam.

  • by Jay

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About Lake Keowee

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Clemson, South Carolina, construction of Lake Keowee was completed in 1973.  The lake was created to serve the needs of Duke Energy, and lake water cools three nuclear reactors at the Oconee Nuclear Generating Station.  The northern end of the lake backs up to Lake Jocassee, the power plant is in the mid-lake section, and at the lower end outflows from the two dams (Keowee Dam and Little River Dam) combine to form the Seneca River and feed one of the major arms of Lake Hartwell.  A beautiful, generally clear lake, it is about 25 miles long and oriented north/ south, covers approximately 18,500 acres, and has around 300 acres of shoreline. At the widest it is about 3 miles wide, and the lake averages 50 feet deep.

Unlike many South Carolina lakes, Lake Keowee does not have striped bass stocked by the Department of Natural Resources – nor significant numbers of blueback herring – nor does it have stocked trout.   It does have largemouth bass, with some large fish caught each year, but the numbers are dwindling and DNR has launched a habitat restoration project aiming to re-grow native vegetation.  The lake still has some big white crappie as well as a very few black crappie, but this population has also dwindled.  There are bream and giant catfish in Lake Keowee, with an 89-pound blue catfish caught in the spring of 2020 – and there is little doubt that there are still larger fish swimming.  But Lake Keowee is best known for its massive population of non-native spotted bass that feast on the main forage base of threadfin shad.