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Lake Murray Fishing Report

Learn more about Lake Murray below

January 26

Lake Murray water levels have jumped further to 352.44 (full pool is 360.00) and another wall of mud is coming down the lake. Morning surface water temperatures are in the low 50s. 

80 teams fished the first Fishers of Men Lowcountry Division tournament of the year this Saturday on Murray, and the top anglers crushed it.

January 20

Lake Murray water levels are at 350.25 (full pool is 360.00) and the lake is more stained than usual but visibility varies. Morning surface water temperatures are in the low 50s. 

January 13

Lake Murray water levels are back down to 350.27 (full pool is 360.00) and the lake is still stained but clearing. Morning surface water temperatures are in the low 50s. 

January 5

Lake Murray water levels have at least temporarily shot back up to 350.85 (full pool is 360.00) after yesterday’s rain and there is extremely muddy water coming down the rivers. Morning surface water temperatures are in the low 50s. 

December 22

Lake Murray water levels are down to 350.66 (full pool is 360.00) and they are pulling water so fast that the rivers are clear again.  With low water levels local rain beating on the banks will quickly stain or muddy the water in the immediate area, however. Morning surface water temperatures are in the low to mid-50s. 

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About Lake Murray

Now owned and operated by Dominion Energy South Carolina, Lake Murray was built in the 1920s and 30s to provide hydroelectric power for Midlands residents.  The approximately 48,000-acre lake with roughly 650 miles of shoreline lies just to the northwest of South Carolina’s capital city of Columbia in the four counties of Richland, Lexington, Saluda and Newberry.  Today it is difficult to imagine the area without this important source of recreation for a region known as “Lake Murray Country.” The lake is oriented in an east-west direction, with the town of Lexington on the southern side of the lake and the town of Chapin on the northern side.  To the west the lake is fed by the Big and Little Saluda Rivers, and on the east side of the lake is the Lake Murray Dam.  Below the dam the Lower Saluda River is formed from the depths of Lake Murray and flows into the city of Columbia.  The full-pool elevation of Lake Murray is 360 feet above sea level, and at the deepest points near the iconic intake towers the lake is approximately 190 feet deep at full pool.

Fishermen target Lake Murray’s populations of striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, bream, catfish, and more.  Unlike the other species, striped bass cannot reproduce naturally in Lake Murray and so they are entirely stocked (at fingerling size) by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.  In terms of its forage base, Lake Murray has both gizzard and threadfin shad, but the baitfish that may have the most effect on large predator species are non-native blueback herring.  Lake Murray is a popular fishing destination 365 days per year.