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Lake Wylie Fishing Report

Straddling the North Carolina/ South Carolina border near Charlotte, NC and Rock Hill, SC, Lake Wylie is located on the Catawba River chain generally south of Lake Norman and generally north of Lake Wateree.  (Immediately above and below Lake Wylie are, respectively, the less well-known Mountain Island Lake and Fishing Creek Lake.). The oldest of the lakes on the Catawba River, Wylie was first created in 1904 by a dam near Fort Mill.  In 1924 the dam was rebuilt, and today the lake’s surface area is approximately 13,500 acres with around 325 miles of shoreline.  Lake Wylie is managed by Duke Energy and supports both hydroelectric and nuclear power generation.  Since North Carolina and South Carolina do not have reciprocity, fishing licenses for each state are required to fish their respective waters.

The popular species targeted by Lake Wylie anglers include largemouth bass, crappie, a large population of white perch (including the co-state record holding fish caught by our correspondent Captain Rodger Taylor), bluegill, and catfish. Striped bass are not stocked in the lake and are extremely rare, but there are a few.  Probably because of the absence of striper fishermen, there is not a population of blueback herring in Lake Wylie, and the main forage base consists of threadfin and gizzard shad.

June 30

Lake Wylie has dropped to 96.8% of full pool and morning surface water temperatures are around 83 degrees. The water is fairly clear. A thermocline is starting to form around 34 feet on the south end. 

It wouldn’t take huge weights to win a bass tournament on Lake Wylie right now, but tournament angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

June 11

Lake Wylie is at 97.3% of full pool and water temperatures are in the upper 70s to low 80s. Because of all the current and wave action the water has a bit lower visibility than usual. 

Up and down water conditions have made for an unusual bite on Lake Wylie, and tournament bass angler Reid McGinn of Fort Mill reports

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Read more fishing reports from Lake Wylie and other popular places at the AHQ Report!