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Lake Wateree Sponsored by
Date 01-Jul-17
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Conditions : Lake Wateree: Lake Wateree is high at 97.5 percent of full pool; up the lake dirty water can be found, but overall clarity is pretty good for Wateree down around Clearwater Cove. Water temperatures range from the low to mid-80s

The bass fishing on Lake Wateree has been decent recently, but it's only been taking about 16 pounds to win tournaments. Tournament angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden reports that with water levels pretty high there is still a good shallow bite in the grass, and anglers can throw frogs, swim jigs, and Chatterbaits at the fish. On cloudy days the topwater bite can last longer, and you can always flip the grass. Perhaps because water temperatures haven't gotten super hot, or as result of good water levels, the offshore bite has not really materialized this summer.

CATT director Brett Collins concurs that the best bite has been shallow, and anglers just aren't catching them deep. A couple of weeks ago there was a good bite around docks, but right now grass is the best cover.

On the crappie front veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt reports that fish remain in a pretty typical summer pattern – on brush. The fish are generally around brush in 12-20 feet of water, and for the first hour of the day they are suspended in the top. As the sun rises they get close to the bottom and hold very tight to the cover. Will has found the best bite on Fish Stalker jigs in ugly green, yellow with black flake, pearl white and black and chartreuse colors. Fish are pretty much on the main lake, from one dam to the other. It's just gotten too hot for there to be much action in the creeks.

Reported by: SCDNR

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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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