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Date 20-Oct-18
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Conditions : Lake Thurmond: Lake Thurmond water levels are at 326.63 (full pool is 330.00), and water temperatures are in the mid- to upper-70s.

Bass fishing on Lake Thurmond isn’t easy, but Augusta University fishing team angler Josh Rockefeller reports that there are a few different ways you can catch fish. Early in the morning there is a pretty hot fluke bite for numbers of fish, but once the sun gets up it’s over. On cloudy days it can last until mid-morning.

You can also grind out some fish throwing a chrome Gunfish 115 or 135 for fish that occasionally come up over humps in 5-6 feet of water. Sun and a bit of wind help, but it’s not a numbers pattern like throwing the fluke in the right conditions. You can get some good ones, though. The best area for both of these patterns has been the main lake towards the dam. Some fish can also be caught on a drop shot, but 9/10 will be small. There is the rare good one mixed in, however. A few smaller fish are being caught cranking shallow water, but this should get better quickly with these cooler nights.

On the striper and hybrid front, William Sasser Guide Service (864-333-2000) reports that they are starting to see surface activity again. Before the storm it was starting, but now it is returning and there is a lot of bait running near the surface.

When fish are not on the surface they are catching them on down-lines fished 12-25 deep for fish suspended along the edge of the channel or a creek in 40-50 feet of water. Fish are starting to push away from the lower pool into the arms of the lake, and the middle part of the lake on up to the Georgia Little River and near Cherokee has been productive. The fall catfish bite is starting to come on, but Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that once the fall turnover finishes up the bite for blues and flatheads should get much better. Anchoring on main lake points and humps that top out around 30-50 feet has been working well, but should get hot soon. Cut herring is catching coolers full of blues and channels in the 1- to 10-pound range while bigger baits like gizzard shad, white perch and bream are better for targeting bigger fish.

Reported by: SCDNR

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About: - Strom Thormund Lake is the largest Corps of Engineers lake east of the Mississippi River. The lake encompasses 1,200 miles of shoreline, 70,000 acres of water and 80,000 acres of land which provides for an abundance of recreational opportunities. The Corps operates ten Class A campgrounds, five major day use areas as well as many other camping, picnicking and recreational facilities. J. Strom Thurmond Lake provides excellent striper and black bass fishing and its large wildlife management program provides some of the best hunting and wildlife observation opportunities in the South. The adjacent area abounds with historical and geological sites. The Visitor Center, located at the South Carolina end of the dam, contains numerous exhibits and additional information on the lake and the surrounding area.

Located on the Georgia / South Carolina border, north of Augusta, Georgia. From I-20 Exit 199 Augusta GA, 22 miles North on GA 28 or 104 to Hwy. 221. Follow the signs on Hwy. 221 to the Thurmond Lake Visitor Center.

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striper Bass
  • Bream
  • Crappie
  • Catfish

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Lake Thurmond Elevation



344' - Near Flood Stage

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