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Clarks Hill Lake Fishing

Clarks Hill Lake Fishing

Clarks Hill Lake is a 71,000-acre man-made lake at the border between Georgia and South Carolina. The state of Georgia calls it Clarks Hill Lake, whereas the federal government refers to it as J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir or Lake Strom Thurmond. If you're wondering why the state and federal government have such different names for the lake, it's because residents were upset that the federal government passed a bill to change the name without consulting them. Georgia's state legislature stood by continuing to call it Clarks Hill. .

The Army Corps of Engineers created the lake in 1951 and 1952 after working several years on building the nearby J. Strom Thurmond Dam. There are boat launches, marinas and fish cleaning stations at Clarks Hill Lake. Parks and campgrounds surround the area as well. The enormous lake features 1,200 miles of shoreline, giving you plenty of space for fishing and enjoying nature. .

Clarks Hill Lake fishing often produces largemouth bass and striped bass. Other popular catches include shellcracker, crappie, bluegill, white bass and hybrid bass. You have a chance at catching a giant catfish. Some of the record catfish catches at Clarks Hill Lake are a flathead catfish at 64 pounds, 3.5 ounces, a blue catfish at 62 pounds and a channel catfish at 25-pounds, two ounces. Striped bass also holds one of the Clarks Hill Lake fishing records with a 55-pound, 12-ouncer caught. .

Spring is the best season for Clarks Hill Lake fishing, but you can catch fish here any time of the year. Bass, shad and herring are feeding and spawning in shallow areas of the lake during spring. Shellcracker are abundant as spring comes to an end. If you visit during winter, the top species you'll find are largemouth bass, striped bass, black crappie and channel catfish. .



Clarks Hill Lake Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Clarks Hill Lake, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Bluegill

  2. Bluegill

    There is a 21.2% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 223 Bluegill counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

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  3. Largemouth Bass

  4. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 20.34% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 214 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

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  5. Redbreast Sunfish

  6. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 18.63% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 196 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redbreast

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  7. Redear Sunfish

  8. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 18.54% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 195 Redear Sunfish counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Redear Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redear

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  9. Black Crappie

  10. Black Crappie

    There is a 6.94% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 73 Black Crappie counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Black Crappie Counts Chart
    Black

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  11. Chain Pickerel

  12. Chain Pickerel

    There is a 4.09% catch rate for Chain Pickerel, based on 43 Chain Pickerel counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Chain Pickerel Counts Chart
    Chain

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  13. Yellow Perch

  14. Yellow Perch

    There is a 2.66% catch rate for Yellow Perch, based on 28 Yellow Perch counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Yellow Perch Counts Chart
    Yellow

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  15. Channel Catfish

  16. Channel Catfish

    There is a 1.52% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 16 Channel Catfish counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Channel Catfish Counts Chart
    Channel

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  17. Spotted Bass

  18. Spotted Bass

    There is a 1.24% catch rate for Spotted Bass, based on 13 Spotted Bass counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Spotted Bass Counts Chart
    Spotted

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  19. Gizzard Shad

  20. Gizzard Shad

    There is a 0.95% catch rate for Gizzard Shad, based on 10 Gizzard Shad counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Gizzard Shad Counts Chart
    Gizzard

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Recommendations above based on 19 species of fish and 1052 fish counted for May around Clarks Hill Lake.

To date, there are 37 species of fish and a total of 6464 fish counted for Clarks Hill Lake and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1923 (101 years).

Last Update: 5/24/2024 1:25:11 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Clarks Hill Lake are the following:

  1. SHUCK PEN EDDY - LAKE RICHARD RUSSELL


  2. Dorn Boat Ramp
    Dorn Boat Ramp


  3. loc n damn
    above the boat ramp


  4. wreck-2269


  5. Bobbys Hole
    Good ledges around this bowl that will hold fish.


  6. Overlook Point
    Good rocky point that holds fish.


  7. wreck-2231


  8. Largemouth Bass549


  9. Cherokee Boat Ramp
    Cherokee Boat Ramp


  10. wreck-2294


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Top Clarks Hill Lake Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Broadway Tackle
    In business over 34 yrs, we have 7000 sq ft of tackle items. Rod , reel, trolling motor repair. Canoe and kayak rentals and sales

  2. Buckeye Lures
    Buckeye Lures specializes in high quality custom made baits. All baits are hand-made for fishermen by fishermen. Each bait is trued and tuned for maximum vibration and tracking.

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Top Clarks Hill Lake Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Ace Striper Guide
    I am a USCG Licensed Striper Guide on Clarks Hill Lake / Thurmond Lake (Lake Murray) in South Carolina and Georgia year round. Our group of guides provide guided fishing trips on Clarks Hill and Lake Murry

  2. Sasser's Guide Services
    Lake Strom Thurmond, also known as Clarks Hill Lake, is an excellent place to fish no matter the season. It is a large, unspoiled reservoir full of fish just waiting to be caught. If you’re looking for a guide who is well versed in the area, turn to

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