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Lake Wateree Fishing Report

Learn more about Lake Wateree below

June 10

Lake Wateree is at 97.6% of full pool and after recent rains the lake is getting stained. Morning surface water temperatures have risen to about 82 degrees. 

Out on the water right now going after catfish, Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports

May 26

Lake Wateree is pretty low at 96.8% of full pool and clarity is high for Wateree. Morning surface water temperatures have just hit 80 degrees. 

Anyone expecting to find an easy bass fishing bite on Lake Wateree this Memorial Day weekend is likely to be disappointed, and tournament angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden reports

May 20

Lake Wateree is down to 96.4% of full pool and water temperatures are in the lower 70s. 

The bass fishing on Lake Wateree may have gotten a little tougher, but tournament angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden reports

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About Lake Wateree

Located downriver from Lake Wylie, and just below the less well-known reservoir Stumpy Pond, Lake Wateree is the southernmost lake on the Catawba River chain.  Below Lake Wateree the river is known as the Wateree River and joins with the Congaree to form the Santee Cooper lakes.  Lake Wateree was created in 1920 with the construction of a 3,380-foot dam and the Wateree Hydroelectric Station, and it is still managed by Duke Energy for hydroelectric power generation.  Slightly larger than Lake Wylie, the lake’s surface area is just less than 14,000 acres and it has around 242 miles of shoreline.  At full pool the lake’s elevation is approximately 225.5 feet, and its deepest point is around 90 feet.

A very fertile lake with a healthy baitfish population and a relative lack of development compared to other, more urban lakes, Lake Wateree is known to anglers as one of the premiere all-around fisheries in South Carolina.  The popular species targeted by fishermen on the lake include largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, bluegill, white perch, and catfish.  Despite the presence of striper fishermen there is not a dominant population of blueback herring in Lake Wateree, and the main forage base is threadfin and gizzard shad.