Lake Thurmond: Lake Thurmond water levels are at 324.00 (full pool is 330.00), and surface temperatures are around 87 degrees. Clarity is very good.
It's a great time for striped bass fishing on Lake Thurmond, and Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reports that early morning before daylight they are catching lots of fish with down-lines in 50 feet of water. They are fishing right on the bottom on main lake points at the lower end of the lake. Mid-morning and mid-day the fish are suspending in 30-50 feet of water in 60-80+ feet, with the better fish deeper. In the 30 foot-range it's all 1-2 pounders with the better fish under them.
In the evening and at night anglers are catching fish near the dam tied up to the cable fishing 20-40 feet down. There is very little schooling activity right now on the lake.
On the crappie front, William's boat is catching fish along the edge of mid-lake creek channels like Shriver Creek and Dorn Creek where they intersect with main flow of the river. Fish are over brush about 20 feet down in 25-30 feet of water. Minnows have been working best.
Bass fishing on Clarks Hill continues to be tough, even though Buckeye Lures in Augusta reports that 3-fish limit night tournaments are frequently being won with 14-15 pounds. It appears that the majority of the fish are being caught after dark.
Early and late some fish can be caught around bank grass, wood and even shallow docks with a buzzbait. This remains a good way to catch a big fish, but not numbers. Some fish have also been caught off of bream beds.
The better numbers of bass are out on the humps, and they can be caught on a 3/4 ounce Sled with a Zoom Speed Craw. Go with natural colored baits at this time of year since fish aren't feeding too heavily, like Green Pumpkin or Clarks Hill Craw (which has an orange tint). Fish can also be caught around deeper brush in 15-30 feet of water on deep diving crankbaits and jigs.