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Lake Wateree Sponsored by
Date 28-Nov-14
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Conditions : Lake Wateree: •Crappie: Fair to good. Veteran tournament angler Will Hinson reports that crappie fishing is picking up. Fish are migrating north up the river, and lots of fish are being caught on the river ledge itself in 18-22 feet of water. It can take some time to locate fish, but once you do anglers should hover in that area and tight-line. Fish will suspend up and down the water column in approximately 16-20 feet depending on temperatures – on cooler days they will be at the deeper end of the range and on warmer days the opposite. As temperatures get very cold they will stay right on the bottom. For now hooks and minnows are working best with a few fish caught on jigs – results on long-line trolling have been very scattered.

•Largemouth Bass: Slow to fair. FLW Angler Dearal Rodgers reports that fishing has been pretty tough on Lake Wateree. Shad are in the creeks, and the best pattern is to fish topwater lures such as buzzbaits and Zara Spooks first thing. Later in the day the best pattern is to look for suspended fish under docks on flats, throwing spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Dearal is having the most success in the lower and mid-lake, from Beaver Creek to the dam.

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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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