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Lake Wateree Sponsored by
Date 01-Dec-17
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Conditions : Lake Wateree: Lake Wateree is at 98.3 percent of full pool, and water temperatures range from the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Bass fishing is a little tough on Lake Wateree, but tournament angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden says that fish are getting into a pretty typical winter pattern. While a lot of fish are holding out deeper, the most catchable fish move up shallow into about 5 feet of water to feed. They can be can be found around 45 degree banks as well as rocky banks with deep water nearby, and most fish are in the main lake or the front part of creeks. Again, rock is a good bet. Jigs, crankbaits and even Carolina rigs have been catching some fish. While bass may be a little finicky, veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt advises that this a really good time to catch crappie on Wateree. Sizes are strong, with most fish being caught in the ¾- to 2-pound range. Crappie can be found from Dutchman’s and Singleton Creek up to Wateree Creek and the old river run, with most fish along the river channel. There are also some fish at the mouth of Taylors Creek where the channel swings inwards. Fishing about 18-22 feet deep in 18-26 feet of water has been the best pattern, and tight-lining has been the most productive technique. A lot of anglers are simply tight-lining plain hooks and minnows, while Will is having the best success with Fish Stalker jigs in Ugly Green or Midnight colors tipped with minnows and Skipper moon jigs in orange or chartreuse also tipped with minnows.

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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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