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Lake Keowee Fishing Report

Please see below for the most recent reports.

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.

September 11

Lake Keowee is up to 98.5% of full pool. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s over most of the lake and low 80s at the far north end of the lake. Water clarity is normal. 

The water is slowly beginning to cool on Lake Keowee, and accordingly N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

  • by Jay

September 4

Lake Keowee is up to 97.9% of full pool while water temperatures remains in the mid-80s over most of the lake with lower 80s around the Jocassee dam. Water clarity is normal. 

The bass fishing remains fairly stable from last week on Lake Keowee, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

  • by Jay

August 27

Lake Keowee is at 96.9% of full pool and water temperatures are in the mid-80s over most of the lake with lower 80s around the Jocassee dam. Water clarity is normal. 

Bass remain in a summertime pattern on Lake Keowee, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

  • by Jay

August 17

Lake Keowee is at 97.8% of full pool and water temperatures have probably reached their summertime highs with high 80s over most of the lake.  The coolest water is at the base of the Jocassee dam.  Water clarity is normal. 

Bass fishing patterns remain fairly consistent on Lake Keowee, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

  • by Jay

August 2

Lake Keowee is at 97.3% of full pool and water temperatures are in the mid- to high 80s over most of the lake now.  Water clarity is normal. 

It’s still very hot in the Upstate, and N&C Marine/Skeeter Team member Guide Charles Townson (864-324-2065) reports

  • by Jay

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