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Lake Wateree Fishing Report

Learn more about Lake Wateree below

May 15

Lake Wateree is up to 97.6% of full pool and the upper end is now muddy after recent rains while the lower end is stained. Morning surface water temperatures are about 73 degrees. 

May 9

Lake Wateree is up to 96.4% of full pool and the lower end is still relatively clear while the upper end is getting dirtier again after recent rains. Morning surface water temperatures are about 74-75 degrees. 

May 1

Lake Wateree is at 94.9% of full pool and clarity is good. Morning surface water temperatures are about 70 degrees. 

April 25

Lake Wateree is at 94.8% of full pool and the lake has cleared significantly. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to about 68 after some cooler nights. 

April 10

Lake Wateree is at 95.1% of full pool and, while the lake still ranges from dirty to muddy, it is finally clearing. Morning surface water temperatures range from about 63 degrees on the main lake to 65 in the creeks. 

Dearal Rodgers and Trent McLaughlin won Saturday's sixth CATT Lake Wateree Spring Qualifier with 18.79 pounds.  While they were pleased to catch a good bag, they were equally surprised by how they caught them. 

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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.