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Lake Keowee Fishing Report

Learn more about Lake Keowee below

January 20

Lake Keowee is at 96.4% of full pool and water temperatures have dropped into the low to mid-50s over most of the lake now. 

The bass on Lake Keowee continue to be in a winter pattern, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

  • by Jay

January 14

Lake Keowee is at 97.1% of full pool and water clarity is normalizing. Morning surface water temperatures are in the mid- to upper 50s over most of the lake, but still hanging in the low 60s mid-lake. 

A good winter fishing pattern for bass remains in place on Lake Keowee right now, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

  • by Jay

January 7

Lake Keowee is at 96.6% of full pool and major creeks are stained to muddy (in the very backs) due to heavy rain this past week. Morning surface water temperatures have fallen into the high 50s over most of the lake with low 60s still present mid-lake near the power plant. 

Now that water temperatures are getting down to a more normal range for the season, N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

  • 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.