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Date 15-Mar-17
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Conditions : Lake Thurmond: Lake Thurmond water levels are at 319.81 (full pool is 330.00), and water temperatures are in the high 50s but dropping. Clarity is good. As recently as this Saturday bass were up shallow spawning on Clarks Hill, although Buckeye Lures in Augusta reports that it was mainly smaller fish. Nearly every piece of shallow wood seemed to have a little fish around it, and there were also some nice bass up shallow in the 2-5 foot range. There was nothing specific needed to catch fish, and by fishing in pockets with lures as varied as a jerkbait, The Sled, or a Spot Remover fish could be caught.

This cold weather is going to set the bite back a little, and Buckeye anticipates that fish will pull out a little to the points. Heavier Spot Removers, deeper diving crankbaits, and jigs should all work. However, they don't anticipate that it will be a huge setback because fish seem so ready to go shallow and spawn. As soon as temperatures get back into the high 60s and 70s fish should start to move to the banks again.

In striped and hybrid bass news Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reports that numbers of fish are getting even better right out in front of the dam, and particularly after dark they have been catching good ones fishing vertically about 20-40 feet down. In the morning they are also catching fish on the bottom in 40-50 feet of water off main lake points on the lower end. There are also some fish in about 35 feet on the bottom. By now most of the striper seem to have made their way to the lower lake. Before the cold front William's boat was finding crappie against the banks spawning, and they were also catching pre-spawn fish 10 feet down over brush in 15-20 feet of water. It is expected that the cold should set things back and keep more fish around the brush until the next period of warm weather brings in another wave of 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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