Tony Shepherd

13 March 2018


Clark’s Hill (Lake Thurmond) Fishing report
courtesy of Capt Tony Shepherd
Little River Guide Service (706) 210-3474




Clark's Hill is still in the grip of winter. The current lake level is 326.35 and steady. (3.65 ft low).

The surface temperatures are between 52-54 degrees in the am to 56-58 in the evenings. For Striped Bass and Hybrids, the hot bite remains deeper than usual and down rod fishing with blueback herring remains the ticket for great catches. We are still locating most of the fish on the steep dropping side of points in the 35 to 45 ft range. You do not need to mark many fish, as many of them are hugging the bottom. The hybrids are more aggressive and will begin to gather and feed in numbers if you put the correct presentation on their plate. You can expect a multitude of species to cooperate. We have caught 6lb Largemouth bass, 2lb spotted bass, Channel catfish, white perch, Slab Hybrid Stripers and good striped bass all on the same point, near the bottom in 40 ft of water.

   The Good News! Spring temperatures are just around the corner. A few warm nights and sunny highs in the 70s will fast forward the annual spawning rituals of all species. 58-60 degrees in the early am will usher in some of the most exciting action of the entire year and it all will be happenning in the shallows. All fish species will be focused on the Blueback herring spawn.

   The Clark's Hill Crappie have paused the run up to spawning activities and moved back to the creek channel edges. These pre-spawn fish are a mixture of heavy females and smaller males that were working in the shallows just a few weeks ago. Anglers can anticipate a rapid change as soon as a 3 day warming trend arrives. As for now, look near the mouth of creeks and large coves in 20-25 ft of water.

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(706) 210-3474

Fish Species: Crappie, Striped Bass
Bait Used: Blue back herring, crappie jigs
Tackle Used:
Method Used: long line trolling, down rod tightlining
Water Depth: 20-40 ft
Water Temperature: 52-54 degrees
Wind Direction: variable
Wind Speed:
Nice catch of Striped bass and hybrids while fishing with Little River Guide Service
Nice catch of Striped bass and hybrids while fishing with Little River Guide Service

Slab Crappie caught caught by angler Mike Brown
Slab Crappie caught caught by angler Mike Brown

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Tony Shepherd

About The Author: Captain Tony Shepherd

Company: Little River Guide Service Clark's Hill

Area Reporting: Clark's Hill Lake- J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir

Bio: Clark's Hill - Lake Thurmond Striped bass fishing charters - Fishing guides. Capt Tony and Capt Rocky provide A+ customer service and will provide you with a great fishing memory. They both have large, spacious and safe, 27 ft custom boats and will clean and fillet your catch afterwards. Little River Guide Service on Clark's Hill Lake.

706 210 3474
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