Lake Wateree Fishing Report
Lake Wateree is at 97.5% of full pool.
Catfish: Good. Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that a typical summer pattern involves drifting or anchoring on the flats in 9-12 feet of water with cut bait. Cut white perch and shad are both equally strong baits. This is an excellent time to catch a mess of eating size catfish.
Crappie: Fair. Veteran tournament angler Will Hinson reports that crappie fishing has slowed a bit on Lake Wateree. Nonetheless, fish can be caught from one end of the lake to the other (“dam to dam”) around brush in 15-21 feet of water. Don’t head too far away from the main river channel, though. Fish are suspended high in the brush early in the morning, but as the sun gets up they will head to the bottom. Crappie are staying tight to the brush and so anglers really need to fish close to it and be patient, whether using jigs or minnows. Fish can still be caught around bridges but that bite has slowed a bit as temperatures have warmed.
Largemouth Bass: Fair. Guide Dearal Rodgers (803-223-1117) reports that the fish have been getting deeper, but the influx of freshwater may bring some shallower. Fish have been schooled up and biting Carolina rigs, jigs and crankbaits.
DHEC Fish Advisories: Due to PCB advisories visit http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/water/fish/Advisories/lakeWateree.htm before consuming any Lake Wateree fish.