J Strom Thurmond Lake
Fishing is one of the most popular wildlife related activities in the southeast and Thurmond Lake's 1200 miles of shoreline and 71,100 acres of water create an excellent playground for both the experienced and novice angular. Fish species include largemouth bass, bream, crappie, catfish, striped bass and hybrid bass. Numerous recreation areas, fishing piers, and bank fishing areas provide ample fishing opportunities. Fisheries habitat improvements include the maintenance of fish attractors and felling trees into water along the shoreline.
Lake Greenwood is a 11,400 acre man-made lake operated by Duke Power Company through a lease from Greenwood County. Public access is available through public boat ramps, local parks, and Lake Greenwood State Park.
Hartwell Lake is one of the southeast's largest and most popular public recreation lakes. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963 as part of a flood control, hydropower, and navigation project, authorized purposes now include recreation, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife management. Each year, millions of people utilize the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake to pursue a variety of outdoor recreational experiences -making Hartwell one of the most visited Corps lakes in the nation.
Fishing is one of the most popular wildlife related activities in the southeast and Hartwell Lake's 962 miles of shoreline and 56,000 acres of water create an excellent playground for both the experienced and novice angler. Fish species include largemouth bass, bream, crappie, catfish, striped bass and hybrid bass. Numerous recreation areas, fishing piers, and bank fishing areas provide ample fishing opportunities. Fisheries habitat improvements include the maintenance of deep water and shallow water fish attractors and felling trees into water along the shoreline.
Lake Jocassee is located in the upstate of South Carolina in a pristine mountain environment. Lake Jocassee has crystal clear water and huge depths. It is a perfect lake for boating, skiing, fishing, and any other water activities you can imagine. Around the lake, there is very little development and most of the surrounding land is untouched by man.
Lake Jocassee also offers fisherman the opportunities to catch trout and smallmouth bass, a fish species that other South Carolina Lakes don't have. Fishing guides are available to enhance your fishing experience.
Lake Jocassee holds state records for 5 species of fish, including three in the sunfish family. In 2001, a 5 lb 2.5 oz Redeye bass and a 9 lb 7 oz Smallmouth bass were caught. A 8 lb 2 oz Spotted bass was caught in 1996. The last two came from the salmon family. A 17 lb 9.5 oz Brown trout was caught in 1987 and a 11 lb 5 oz Rainbow trout was caught in 1993.
Lake Keowee is a spectacular blue water lake surrounded by the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. The lake has over 18,000 acres, 300 miles of shoreline, and is fed by fresh water mountain streams. Keowee means place of the mulberries in the Cherokee Indian language. Lake Keowee is owned and managed by Duke Power Company.
Lake Keowee is located about 90 minutes from Atlanta, 45 minutes from Greenville, SC , and around 2 hours from Charlotte. Only 15 or so minutes away is the town of Clemson – home of Clemson University and the Clemson Tigers. This lake is mostly in Oconee County, but it also reaches into Pickens County.
Man-made in the 1930s electrification efforts of the New Deal, rurally located Lake Marion is the largest lake in South Carolina, and is centrally located within the state with a 315-mile shoreline and covering nearly 110,000 acres of rolling farmlands, former marshes, and river valley landscape. It is one of the fifty largest lakes in the United States, whether natural or man-made reservoirs but only covers about a third the size the fifteenth largest in size.
Lake Marion is known for its big fish and abundant wildlife. The state fishing record for Largemouth Bass (16.2 Ibs) is held in this lake. Other fish that abound are Striped bass, White Perch, White bass, Crappie, Channel catfish, Arkansas Blue Catfish, Shellcrackers,Bream and Chain (Jack). Other wildlife that call Lake Marion home include deer, fox, squirrel, turtle, dove, turkey, alligator and various species of duck, hawk, eagle, egret and osprey.
Conditions vary from shallow swamps and blackwater ponds to vast open water with a multitude of underwater structures. Lake Marion was not completely cleared when it was created, and as a result, there are thousands of stumps, standing dead tree trunks and live cypress trees.
Lake Moultrie is located in Berkeley County, South Carolina, is fed by Lake Marion through a diversion canal. Nearby towns include Moncks Corner, Bonneau and St. Stephen. Lake Moultrie was created in the early 1940s by the South Carolina Public Service Authority. Its effluent is the Cooper River, and it is dammed by the Pinopolis Dam.It covers about 60,000 acres. It was named for Governor William Moultrie.
Lake Moultrie offers a varied fishing environment. There are shallow swamps, black water ponds, thousands of tree stumps and live cypress trees, as well as large open areas of water. This lake does not form ice in winter months. A world record Channel Catfish weighing 58 lb. was caught from this lake. The lake also holds the state record for Black Crappie. For fisherman that prefer the bank, the catfish tend to move up to shallow water near dusk and bite well at night. Large catfish are known to bite well on blue gilland perch off the bottom of shallow sand/mud flats close to shore. The catfish move in the shallow water to feed on small clams and bait fish found in the mud and cracks on the lakes floor. It is not uncommon for fisherman at Lake Moultrie to catch catfish over 20 lb. Trotlines are common at Lake Moultrie as well as trolling and even arching with a bow and arrow by spotlighting catfish in the shallows at night.
Lake Murray is a reservoir in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is approximately 50,000 acresin size, and has roughly 500 miles (800 km) of shoreline. It was impounded in the late 1920s to provide hydroelectric power to the state of South Carolina. Lake Murray is fed by the Saluda River, which flows from upstate South Carolina near the North Carolina state line. The Saluda Dam was an engineering feat at the time of its construction. The dam, using the native red clay soil and bedrock, was the largest earthen dam in the world when it was completed in 1930. Lake Murray itself is named after the project's chief engineer, William S. Murray. The Saluda Dam is approximately 1.5 mileslong and 220 feet high. Lake Murray is 41 miles long, and 14 miles wide at its widest point. When the lake was finished, it was the world's largest man-made reservoir.
The fishing is great at Lake Murray! Tournaments are hosted frequently on the lake, including the Forest Wood Cup at Lake Murray in August 2008. Lake Murray is known as one of the most productive lakes in the Southeast for largemouth bass and striped bass. Lake Murray state record fish include: white bass, white perch, white crappie, and white catfish. What bites at the lake? Bass, Striped Bass, Crappie, Bream, Catfish and more.
Richard B. Russell Lake is a reservoir created by the construction of Richard B. Russell Dam on the Savannah River bordering Elbert County, Georgia and Abbeville County, South Carolina. Filling of the lake began in October 1983, and was completed in December 1984 for a full pool elevation of 475 feet. Named for U.S. Senator Richard Brevard Russell, Jr., the lake consists of 26,650 acres of water and 540 miles of shoreline. Unlike its neighbors Lake Hartwell to the north and Lake Strom Thurmond to the south, Lake Russell was not designed to permit downstream navigation, and Federal regulations prohibit private use of the public lands surrounding it.
Fishing is one of the most popular wildlife related activities in the southeast and Lake Russell’s 540 miles of shoreline and 26,650 acres of water create an excellent playground for both the experienced and novice angler. The lake levels remain relatively stable throughout the year; and there is an abundance of standing timber areas and other structures that create excellent fishing opportunities. In addition, fisheries habitat improvements include the maintenance of deep water and shallow water fish attractors and felling trees into water along the shoreline. Its undeveloped shoreline offers a quiet recreation experience – one that has been described as being similar to fishing on a remote Canadian lake while being surrounded by civilization. Because of these things, the lake has developed into a quality fishery dominated by anglers fishing for largemouth bass and crappie. Other species that are commonly caught at Lake Russell include bream and catfish. Numerous recreation areas, fishing piers, and bank fishing areas provide ample fishing opportunities.
The 1,460 acres of shoreline is owned by the City of Abbeville.
The lake has many private residences along the shoreline and property owners continue to improve and have chosen Lake Secession as their permanent residence.
There is a new subdivision on Lake Secession - lake front and lake interior lots. Lake Secession is used for municipal power production.
Owned and managed by Duke Energy, Lake Wateree was created in 1920 when the Wateree River was dammed. The Wateree Hydro Station produces 56 megawatts of electricity. This created a lake of nearly 14,000 acres with 190 miles of shoreline touching three counties.
Lake Wateree is another South Carolina lake known for its great fishing and bountiful wildlife. The fish include Largemouth Bass, Striped bass, Trout, White Perch, White bass, Crappie, Channel catfish, Arkansas Blue Catfish, Shellcrackers, Bream.
Lake Wylie was named after Dr. W. Gil Wylie, who organized the Catawba Power Company, a predecessor of Duke Energy. It is the oldest lake on the Catawba River. The lake was first created in 1904 by a dam near Fort Mill, South Carolina.
The dam was rebuilt in 1924 and the lake's surface expanded to approximately 13,443 acres and 325 miles of shoreline. In addition to supporting Wylie Hydroelectric Station, Lake Wylie also supports Allen Steam Station and Catawba Nuclear Station with cooling water and provides a dependable water supply for Belmont and Rock Hill. Full pond elevation at Lake Wylie is approximately 569.4 feet.
Duke Energy provides six boat access areas, one bank fishing area and one boat access area below the dam in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Since portions of this lake lie in both North and South Carolina, fishermen are advised to obtain proper licenses.