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Lake Wateree Sponsored by
Date 12-Feb-17
Water Condition
Water Temperature  

Conditions : Lake Wateree: Lake Wateree is at 98.3 percent of full pool, and water temperatures range between 55 and 58 degrees. Up the lake and creeks are fairly stained.

Spring is around the corner for Lake Wateree crappie, and veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt advises that fish are starting to move shallower. They will go back and forth as long as temperatures seesaw, but the general progression will be shallower as long as water temperatures don’t drop dramatically (as with freezing precipitation or the like).

Even on cold days Will advises looking shallow first, and he has found fish about 6 feet deep in 8-12 feet of water on the lower end of the lake. Even if they aren’t necessarily far back in creeks yet they will be in pockets off the main lake, and it’s worth starting to look in Beaver Creek and Singleton Creek.

The best action has come tight-lining, with jigs tipped with minnows working best. Will is mainly use Fish Stalker jigs and Moon jigs. A few fish are being caught trolling, too.

While water temperatures are warmer than normal, tournament angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden reports that Wateree bass are still very much in winter mode. That doesn’t mean they are deep, and the best fishing for active bass has been shallow in the 5-foot range. Main lake rock with some deep water close by has been producing best, with Shad Raps and other crankbaits the best baits. Some fish have been caught around grass but this is not a primary pattern.

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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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