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Lake Thurmond Sponsored by
Date 25-Jan-17
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Conditions : Lake Thurmond: Lake Thurmond water levels are at 320.00 (full pool is 330.00), and water temperatures are in the high 50s.

Water temperatures remain unseasonably warm, and perhaps as a result of this Buckeye Lures in Augusta reports that bass don’t seem to have really gotten into the ditches they are known for inhabiting during the winter. The best pattern for catching numbers of fish seems to be targeting areas with rocks, as most of the typical structure that anglers like to fish is dry with water levels so low. Moving down the banks and fishing areas with emergent rocks with a jig or the The Sled is a good bet. There seem to be a lot of fish in the 10-12 foot range, and with the fish still in a winter mode it seems to make a big difference to drag the jig instead of hopping it. Additionally, there are some fish up very shallow chasing shad in only a foot or two of water – particularly on warm days. These fish can be caught on a shallow running jerkbait. Isolated reports indicate that some fish are being caught on a jigging blade or rattle trap in the grass. If the water temperatures drop fish should start to move into the ditches, but which way temperatures go is anybody’s guess.

On the striped bass front Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reports that striper are starting to make their way down the lake. Should the warm temperatures continue, it should be within a week or so that fish make it all the way back down to the dam and anglers catch them cut bait fishing.

For now William has found the best success for big striper pulling free lines and planer boards very early in the day in the backs of mid-lake creeks. The best pattern for catching numbers of good 5-10 pound striper as well as big hybrids bas been fishing 40 feet down on the bottom at the mouth of creeks. The best action has been around the 378 bridge in the mid-lake. White perch are mixed in with the striper and hybrids in 40 feet of water on the bottom.

There is very little change in the crappie pattern, and in the backs of creeks they are catching fish with minnows about 15 feet down over brush in about 30 feet of water. If temperatures stay where they are fish could be on the banks in a matter of days, if they are not already.

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

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344' - Near Flood Stage

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