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Lake Wateree Sponsored by
Date 10-Mar-17
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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.

Largemouth bass are ahead of schedule this spring on Lake Wateree, and CATT tournament director Brett Collins reports that as warm as temperatures have been fish are already starting to get back into coves. While he hasn't seen any fish on beds yet, considering that they are already bedding on Murray and Santee he wouldn't be surprised if a few very early fish are spawning. Not all the fish move into the backs at the same time, and so there are a lot of fish still grouped up on secondary points and points at the entrance to spawning areas. However, most of the fishing is in 5 feet of water or less. Recently rock has been holding a lot of bass, but wood and docks should get stronger as the spawn approaches. Spinnerbaits have been producing a little better than jigs, but that may change soon. As fish get into spawning mode 3/8 ounce jigs and Senkos should produce well, and Brett says that a bedding bass on Wateree can't stand a topwater frog. Anglers are already catching bass on buzzbaits and frogs.

Lake Wateree crappie continue to move shallower, and veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt reports that the fish are moving into the creeks and thinking about spawning. It's still prespawn, but the spawn is getting close. Fish have left the brush and they can be found in 7-15 feet of water, and Beaver Creek, Taylors Creek and Dutchman Creek are all good places to start. Tight-lining or trolling with baits close to the bottom is the best bet, and on warmer days the fish may get a little higher in the water column. Colder, windier days they may hold very close to the bottom. This is a time of year when jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and plain minnows will all catch fish.

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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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