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Lake Wateree Sponsored by
Date 12-Apr-14
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Conditions : Lake Wateree: •Catfish: Very good. Captain Rodger Taylor reports that catfishing is very strong on Lake Wateree right now as fish are in pre-spawn mode and feeding heavily. Overall fish are making their annual migration upward and laterally – that is, they are moving up the river towards the dam as well as towards the backs of the creeks. A typical pattern is to start out early in the day fishing the river channel, and particularly drops in the river channel. Anglers should put out baits to cover an array of depths, including on the ledge, where the ledge drops off, and the deep hole itself. One depth will be more productive most days, but it may vary from day to day. When there is current running the bite can be "on," but if there is no current it is worth backing off onto some of the shallow flats in 6-11 feet off the river ledge. A secondary pattern is to move up the major creeks and set out cut bait in 4-6 feet of water. Birds will provide clues about where the bait and catfish will be located, but the fish are moving a lot. For right now gizzard shad or perch heads are the best baits, but around Memorial Day Rodger will be using more bluegill.

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Lake Wateree is a 13,250 acre man-made lake. It is known for crappie, bass, catfish and bream in one of South Carolina's oldest man-made lakes. With more than 13,000 surface acres and 242 miles of shoreline, the lake is a year-round favorite of campers, fishermen and recreational boaters. Public access is provided through a number of public boat ramps and Lake Wateree State Recreation Area.

The 238-acre park’s offerings include a tackle shop/park store with refueling dock and public boat ramp. A large population of crappie, bream, largemouth bass, catfish and later, striped bass, has made the lake a popular fishing spot since the dam was built in 1919 (making it one of the state’s oldest).

The park’s wooded, lakeside campground has 72 sites, including many that can accommodate large RVs and all with water and electrical service. Day visitors and campers also can enjoy the numerous picnic tables, playground and the mile-long nature trail through the quiet woods.

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striper Bass
  • Crappie
  • Bream
  • White Bass

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Lake Wateree Elevation



99' - Near Flood Stage
100' - Minor Flooding

102' - Moderate Flooding

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