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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. .
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There is a 13.24% catch rate for Gizzard Shad, based on 147 Gizzard Shad counted.
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There is a 10.45% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 116 Channel Catfish counted.
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There is a 9.91% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 110 Black Crappie counted.
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There is a 9.28% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 103 Largemouth Bass counted.
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There is a 9.1% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 101 Striped Bass counted.
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There is a 9.1% catch rate for White Perch, based on 101 White Perch counted.
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There is a 8.56% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 95 Redear Sunfish counted.
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There is a 6.4% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 71 Bluegill counted.
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There is a 3.96% catch rate for Warmouth, based on 44 Warmouth counted.
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There is a 2.7% catch rate for White Bass, based on 30 White Bass counted.
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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:
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Dorn Boat Ramp
Dorn Boat Ramp
loc n damn
above the boat ramp
Good ledges around this bowl that will hold fish.
Good rocky point that holds fish.
Cherokee Boat Ramp
Cherokee Boat Ramp
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Clark's Hill Striped Bass and Crappie report
13 March 2018
Clark’s Hill (Lake Thurmond) Fishing report courtesy of Capt Tony Shepherd Little River Guide Service (706) 210-3474
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