Fishing Clarks Hill Lake (J. Strom Thurmond), South Carolina

05/04/19 Fishing Report for Clarks Hill Lake: (See Fishing Report Archive at
bottom of page)
Bass are being caught early and late in the day on topwater lures.
Shallow running crankbaits and jerkbaits are also working early mornings around
cover. Plastic worms working during the day 8 to 15 foot deep along dropoffs and
around cover,.Bream and sunfish is good early and late in the day on popping bugs.
Crappie fishing is slow. White bass are caught when schooling on shallow running
crankbaits and jerkbaits. Strippers are caught when found shooling on topwater lures
and jerkbaits. Trout are being caught on in-line spinnerbaits.


Description of the Lake:
Clarks Hill is well known for its largemouth bass and striped bass fishing, It is also
referred to as Lake J. Strom Thurmond. It was built on the Savanahnah River. The
lake also has a good population of several other species of fish. It cover 71,000
acres and has 1200 miles of shoreline, and is located in both South Carolina and
Georgia. About 800 miles of its shoreline is located in South Carolina. There are over
20 boat lauches, boat rental facilities and marinas. There are some places you can
fish from the bank but it is mostly a boat lake. Pontoon boats, john boats, bass boats,
canoes and kayaks are used for fishing.

Species:
Largemouth Bass
White Perch
Yellow Perch
White Bass
Striped Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
Bluegill
Redbreast Sunfish
Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Warmouth
Black Crappie
White Crappie
Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Chain Pickerel

Seasons:
T
he fishing season is year-round.
Spring:
Late Spring is a good time bluegill and sunfish, largemouth,white bass, striped bass,
and hybrid striped bass and the best time for crappie
Summer:
This is a good time for bluegill and sunfish as well as largemouth,  hybrid striped
bass and striped bass, trout and chain Pickerel.
Fall:
Fall it a great time for largemouth bass and trout.
Winter:
Winter months are good for muskie, walleye, largemouth, smallmouth and spotted
bass.

Lake Level: Clarks Hill Lake

Weather: Augusta, Georgia

Recommended Lures and Bait : Perfect Lures
Bass

Striped Bass

Bluegill/Sheelcrackers:

Crappie:




























Fly Fishing - Recommended Flies For :
Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass - Minnows, Crayfish

Hybrid Stripers - Shad

Bluegill/Shellcrackers - Minnows, Nymphs, Terrestrials
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Recommended Fly FishingTackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 3  to 8 weight, depending on species
Leaders:
Leaders for Bass
Leaders for panfish
Best Fly Rods: 3 weight to 8 weight depending on
species:
Journeyman, Maser, Pro, Pemiere
Fly Reels: For 3 to 8 weight fly line-
Journeyman, SR Reel, Redington
Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Fishing Report Archives:
02/25/19 Bass fishing is very good at this time. Anglers are mostly using jigs
with trailers and deep diving crankbaits. Anytime now, crappie fishing should
also take center stage. They spawn in late March and April but can be caught
on the flats in 8 to 12 feet of water at this time. Rainbow and brown trout can
also be caught trolling.
03/04/18 Bass fishing has been good with anglers scoring fishing cover near
banks in the 3-6 ft depths. The bass are in the pre-spawn stage holding near
their shallow spawning grounds. Use shallow running crank, swimming and ject
baits.  Crappie are being caught on the flats near their spawning areas. Jigs
with plastic trailers are working.
05/04/19 Stripers are being caught in good numbers trolling deep. Bass fishing
is good in shallow water near cover. All are post-spawn along with the crappie
which are holding in heavy cover in 3-6 feet of water and under boat docks.
Bass are being caught on buzz baits spinner baits and shallow running
crankbaits.
Recommended Tackle & Gear
Line:
Braided & Mono, 4# test to #25 test, depending
on the species of fish
Spinning Rods:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Casting Rods
Light to heavy Rod, depending on species of fish
Spinning Reels:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Spinning rods:
Light to heavy depending on species of fish
Misc. Items:
Tackle Boxes
Landing Nets
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
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Options For Selecting Lures and Bait:
1. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
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