Clarks Hill Lake

Current Temperature:
77°

Est Water Temperature:
81° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
30.15 (High)

Wind Speed:
North at 00 Knots (0 MPH)

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Clarks Hill Lake
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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:
   3.5/5
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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 going to be pretty slow at 81 degree water temperature. Bass will start moving much slower and feeding less aggressively until the water temperature starts to get back down to comfortable levels. When the water temperature is up this high, it's time to get out fishing early and late in the day when the sun is not on the water. When you can get out for the entire day, it's a great time to fish some deeper water. Many large bass are taken this time of year since bass fishermen typically gets out deeper and fish slower with larger baits. Like any other time of year, the slower you fish with bigger baits on the deep drops and river channels, the better chance you have at a lunker. This is a great time to catch a trophy. Good luck out there today!
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:
   3.7/5
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Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Your lake crappie will be much more lethargic in the water temperature. They will be in deeper and cooler water. Crappie will be feeding; however they will not be feeding aggressively unless the other fishing factors are at prime levels. Find some moving water that is clear and you should find some more aggressive fishing.
Clarks Hill Lake Catfish Fishing

[ Catfish Info ]
Clarks Hill Lake Catfish Rating:
   3.3/5
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Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Unlike most North American fish species, blue catfish, flathead and channel catfish are comfortable when the water temperature is this high. They will be feeding and moving in typical patterns. You will start having a little better luck if you can get to some moving water that is adding a little more oxygen for the baitfish and the catfish will be there also.
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):
Spotted bass fishing is going to be pretty slow at this water temperature. Bass will typically start moving much slower and feeding less aggressive until the water temperature starts to get back down to comfortable levels. When the water temperature is up this high, get out fishing early and late and cast in the shallows. When the sun is up it will be time to get out into deeper water, try fishing some drop offs and deep channel bends.
Clarks Hill Lake White Bass Fishing

[ White Bass Info ]
Clarks Hill Lake White Bass Rating:
   4.1/5
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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:
   3.7/5
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- are slow use cut bait

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Clarks Hill Lake Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
The full moon has just past. The gravitational pull is starting to decrease with the moon and sun being on opposite sides of the planet. 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. It's always fun trying something new at the peak times to change things up a bit and test out the Lunar Theory each time you hit the water in close to full and full moon situations. Good luck you there.
Sunrise:
07:06 EST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

Sunset:
19:52 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...