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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. .



Top Clarks Hill Lake Fishing Spots

  1. SHUCK PEN EDDY - LAKE RICHARD RUSSELL
    5/6/2013 4:16:36 AM -


  2. Dorn Boat Ramp
    3/18/2016 10:21:10 PM - Dorn Boat Ramp


  3. loc n damn
    5/15/2015 6:26:07 AM - above the boat ramp


  4. wreck-2269
    4/12/2019 11:45:23 AM -


  5. Bobbys Hole
    1/27/2017 12:25:42 PM - Good ledges around this bowl that will hold fish.


  6. wreck-2231
    2/6/2018 11:20:17 PM -


  7. wreck-2294
    2/20/2020 2:24:53 PM -


  8. Overlook Point
    1/27/2017 12:23:04 PM - Good rocky point that holds fish.


  9. Cherokee Boat Ramp
    3/18/2016 8:07:35 PM - Cherokee Boat Ramp


  10. Gills Point Boat Ramp
    3/18/2016 9:46:05 PM - Gills Point Boat Ramp



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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. Gizzard Shad

  2. Gizzard Shad

    There is a 13.71% catch rate for Gizzard Shad, based on 147 Gizzard Shad counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Gizzard Shad Counts Chart
    Gizzard

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  3. Channel Catfish

  4. Channel Catfish

    There is a 10.82% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 116 Channel Catfish counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Channel Catfish Counts Chart
    Channel

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  5. Black Crappie

  6. Black Crappie

    There is a 10.26% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 110 Black Crappie counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Black Crappie Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE CLARKS HILL LAKE BLACK CRAPPIE COUNTS CHART


  7. Largemouth Bass

  8. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 9.61% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 103 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

    ENLARGE CLARKS HILL LAKE LARGEMOUTH BASS COUNTS CHART


  9. Striped Bass

  10. Striped Bass

    There is a 9.42% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 101 Striped Bass counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

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  11. White Perch

  12. White Perch

    There is a 9.42% catch rate for White Perch, based on 101 White Perch counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake White Perch Counts Chart
    White

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  13. Redear Sunfish

  14. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 8.86% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 95 Redear Sunfish counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Redear Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redear

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  15. Bluegill

  16. Bluegill

    There is a 6.62% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 71 Bluegill counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

    ENLARGE CLARKS HILL LAKE BLUEGILL COUNTS CHART


  17. Warmouth

  18. Warmouth

    There is a 4.1% catch rate for Warmouth, based on 44 Warmouth counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake Warmouth Counts Chart
    Warmouth

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  19. White Bass

  20. White Bass

    There is a 2.8% catch rate for White Bass, based on 30 White Bass counted.

    Clarks Hill Lake White Bass Counts Chart
    White

    ENLARGE CLARKS HILL LAKE WHITE BASS COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 26 species of fish and 1072 fish counted for December around Clarks Hill Lake.

To date, there are 34 species of fish and a total of 6020 fish counted for Clarks Hill Lake and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1923 (99 years).

Last Update: 12/1/2022 1:30:52 AM

*** 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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Latest Clarks Hill Lake Fishing Reports

  • Clark's Hill Striped Bass and Crappie report
    3/14/2018 1:34:44 PM - 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 s


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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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