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Welcome to 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!
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Maximum Depth (ft):
Normal Elevation (ft):
Inpoundment Type:
Water Clarity:
3-6 ft
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
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Boat Limits:
No Restrictions
Lake Management:
State Park
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Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 74
As of October, 2012 bass fishing is slow but warming up. Bass seem to be chasing shad & minnows in the open water so its \"run & gun\" time: when you see them blow up on the baitfish fire her up, cut the main about 200-150\' away and use your trolling motor to sneak up on them. Small spinners and crank baits buzzed past them may do the trick. Weedlines in the back of coves and on points have largemouths lurking for an easy meal. Again a spinnerbait or a floating Rapala will entice them out of the lair. On a recent outing a 4 pounder struck my Rapala. I quickly reeled him out about 30 feet from the weeds and as I bent to pick up the landing net he dug into the weeds, tangled the hooks to a brush pile, straightened out the hooks and shouted \"See ya\". He\'s still there, mocking me.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 56
"March 11, 2011 CLARK HILL IS DOWN 4.9 FEET, STAINED & 56 DEGREES Bass fishing is fair and the weather stabilizing will really help the action daily. The lake is full to all accounts and may be up a little with all the rain Georgia has experienced over the last couple of weeks. The water temperatures are right for limits of bass this week. With mid to upper 50's being reported all over the lake, anglers are loading their boats one pattern. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are the primary baits being used in any shade of white in the blades and the no. 7 Shad Rap in the black/silver or natural shad colors in the cranks. The ditches seem to be the most productive place to bag a 20lb. sack of bass but if you aren't familiar with the lake, you will need to break out the old lake map to locate these areas. The ""ditches"" are the old creek beds that were flooded when the lake was formed. Look for the small red lines that run close to the bank on your map and fish these areas well. Start off with a spinner bait early in the morning and switch back and forth with the Shad Rap to cover these areas. Look for and fish all the ditches in and around points as all of these areas will hold bass. Another good bait to throw this week is a lipless crank bait. Throw a Rattlin Rap in the 1/2ounce size on the longer run out points that contain a lot of rocks. Also check out the short rocky banks near the parks and just above the I-20 bridge. These bass are aggressive and a good steady retrieve is all that it will take. Look for signs of blue back herring. This will indicate a prime area to work with the faster baits. “The Southern Fishing Report” By Ken Sturdivant 106 Hickory Ridge 770 889 2654 Cumming, Georgia 30040"
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 54
"March 4, 2011 CLARK HILL IS DOWN 5.2 FEET, STAINED & 54 DEGREES Bass fishing is fair and some fish are into a pre spawn pattern. Most bass are being found in ditches or flats with jerk baits and crankbaits in 15 feet of water or less. On the warmer afternoons, you can see bass cruising in the backs of many pockets. We’re certainly not done with all of the cold weather, but spring is now upon us. Here are some things to keep handy as you fish this month: Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerk baits and jigs. The No. 1 bait of choice for me this month is a spinnerbait. If the weather continues to stay moderate to warm, big female bass will cruise the shallows looking for an area that provides cover and food for the spawn. Throw close to and into the thickest cover possible during the warmest days. However, if the temperature stays cool, back off the cover some and try slow rolling around the edges of spawning flats. If the month does stay on the cool side, use your jerk baits and crankbaits that suspend, and fish down the middle of the pockets. As always, the jig ’n pig will produce big bass now, also. Try it on main and secondary points that are near spawning flats. “The Southern Fishing Report” By Ken Sturdivant 106 Hickory Ridge 770 889 2654 Cumming, Georgia 30040"
Clarks Hill Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
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):
With Clarks Hill Lake at 55 degree water temperature largemouth bass fishing is getting ready to ramp up. The male bass will start moving up from deep water toward spawning coves and the big ones are right behind them. This is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. The female bass will start feeding at this water temperature in preparation for spawn. The male bass may be up shallow especially on sunny afternoons. Fishing sunny spawning grounds that are receiving the warm spring time sun is a great way to get a few largemouth bass in the boat.
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Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Clarks Hill Lake at 55 degree water temperature this is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. Smallmouth bass will be feeding at this water temperature but will be much harder to catch. On Sunny warm afternoons its a great time to throw a crank bait, jigs or slow roll a spinnerbait at 5-10 foot on sunny points and drops off of sunny flats. Smallmouth Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
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Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie should be getting ready to spawn. Stay out in deeper water and look for schools. Schooling shad will be harder to find with this water temperature so when you find it, stay on it. Crappie schools will be breaking up quite a bit getting ready for the spawn. Also try fishing shallower with small crank baits and spinners on the warm banks with direct sunlight. This is a great time to be on the water.
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Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they aren’t going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Clarks Hill Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
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Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Spotted bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It?s time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Clarks Hill Lake White Bass Rating:
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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 Rating:
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- are slow use cut bait

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Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

The crescent moon will have better gravitational pull than a gibbous or half moon. However the affects of the moons gravitational will be decreased since the sun and moon aren't pulling in conjunction with one another. It's time to pay close attention to the other fishing factors in the weather to make the best decision for hitting the water.


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