Clarks Hill Lake

Current Temperature:
61°

Est Water Temperature:
64° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
29.97 (Rising)

Wind Speed:
West at 07 Knots (8 MPH)

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Clarks Hill Lake
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South Carolina Reports

Clarks Hill Lake General Information
Welcome to FishingNotes.com Clarks Hill Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Clarks Hill Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!

Thurmond Lake also know as Clarks Hill Lake is the largest Corps of Engineers lake east of the Mississippi River. The lake encompasses 1,200 miles of shoreline, 70,000 acres of water and 80,000 acres of land. The Corps operates 10 Class A campgrounds, five major day use areas and many other recreational facilities. Thurmond Lake / Clarks Hill Lake provides excellent striper and largemouth bass fishing and its large wildlife management program provides excellent hunting and wildlife observation opportunities. [Thurmond Lake / Clarks Hill Lake. www.nwk.usace.army.mil, 02/03/2008]
State:
South Carolina

County:
Aiken

Inpoundment Type:
Reservoir

Surface Area (acres):
70000

Lake Management:
State Park

Latitude:
33.949250

Longitude:
-82.472991

Water Clarity:
3-6 ft

Water Temp Factors:


Maximum Depth (ft):
130

Normal Elevation (ft):
330

Boat Access:
Paved Ramps

Boat Limits:
No Restrictions

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Clarks Hill Lake Largemouth Bass Fishing

[ Largemouth Bass Info ]
Clarks Hill Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
   3.4/5
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Clarks Hill Lake Largemouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Fish sloooooow! Be careful with the lake 13 feet low !
Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Largemouth bass fishing is in full spawn now the water temperature has climbed up to 64 degrees. The large female bass will be on the beds and holding tight. Spawning bass won't be feeding aggressively at this water temperature but they will be catchable. In addition, all bass don't spawn at the exact same time or water temperature. If you aren't a site fisherman, you should be able to find some larger females and male largemouth on the standard spring patterns. Female bass will really start to slow down on feeding so fishing is going to be slower for a few weeks until they move into active patterns again.
Clarks Hill Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing

[ Smallmouth Bass Info ]
Clarks Hill Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
   2.8/5
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Clarks Hill Lake Crappie Fishing

[ Crappie Info ]
Clarks Hill Lake Crappie Rating:
   3.6/5
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Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The crappie spawn should be really heating up now. Crappie prefers to spawn on gravel bottom typically with brush and/or emergent vegetation for cover. If the lake is void of gravel bottoms, find the rocks or rip rap. Crappie will use the larger structure rocks for cover. Cast some small grub baits in the shallows looking for the spawning crappie. Good luck today!
Clarks Hill Lake Catfish Fishing

[ Catfish Info ]
Clarks Hill Lake Catfish Rating:
   3.2/5
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Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The water temperature is climbing and the catfish will start becoming more active now. The catfish spawn is right around the corner and generally all catfish species will be looking to spawn. Blue catfish, flathead and channel catfish spawn in much the same areas. Mostly spawning in deep tree lay downs that have lots of shade, holes in the bank, sunken barrels and tires. With baitfish becoming active, it?s time to catch some small sunfish, bluegill, shad and frogs and getting the line in the water.
Clarks Hill Lake Spotted Bass Fishing

[ Spotted Bass Info ]
Clarks Hill Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
   3.2/5
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Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
In the 64 degrees range, spotted bass are generally their most active at this water temperature. Baitfish are much more active in this water temperature and the spotted bass will be feeding aggressively throughout the day.
Clarks Hill Lake White Bass Fishing

[ White Bass Info ]
Clarks Hill Lake White Bass Rating:
   4/5
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- When Clarks Hill was initially dammed there was (according the lore) a very healthy population of white bass. Schools of fish made for quick-filled stringers and happy fishermen.

This all changed, however, with the introduction of Hybrid bass. Apparently the hybrids and stripers compete for the same food source (minnows and shad) and have displaced the white bass.

I have been fishing Clarks Hill for over 20 years without spotting a single white bass; nor have I ever heard or seen another fisherman catching one in this time frame.

It would be wonderful if fisheries biologists in SC and Georgia apptempted re-introducing the species. I love and miss the suddeness of a school of them appearing and tearing into a small spinner or jig with their scrappy fighting abilities, not to mention their fairness at the dinner table.
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Clarks Hill Lake Striped Bass Fishing

[ Striped Bass Info ]
Clarks Hill Lake Striped Bass Rating:
   3.8/5
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- are slow use cut bait

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Clarks Hill Lake Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
New Moon fishing can be at its best. The gravitational pull on the earth is at its peak when the moon and sun are rising and setting at the same time of day. This combination can generate extraordinary fishing opportunities especially if combined with perfect weather variances. The new moon may have the fish extremely aggressive and actively hunting for food. Try fishing a little faster today and with several different baits and techniques. When fish are more aggressive, its always fun to fish a little more aggressive. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today?s solar/lunar peaks. Have a great day!
Sunrise:
06:53 EST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

Sunset:
20:03 EST







Clarks Hill Lake Links
Double Trouble Striper Guide
http://www.doubletroublefishingguides.com  

Sasser Guide Service Crappie Fishing Guide
http://www.williamsasserfishing.com  

Anglers Edge Guide Service Striper Guide
http://www.anglersedge.fghp.com/  

State Department of Wildlife and Parks
http://www.dnr.sc.gov  

State Fishing Records
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/freshrecs/rec...  

State Fishing Licensee
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html  

State Parks
http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/  

State Fishing Information
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/pdf/freshfish...