United States
34° 24' 36" N, 80° 47' 60" W
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Bass: Fair. Winter bass fishing on Lake Wateree can present some of the toughest fishing conditions of the year, and with water temperatures hovering just above 40 degrees and fairly stained water this year is no exception. Carolinas Bass Challenge tournament director Brett Collins gives the blunt assessment that catching fish lately has been hard. But while cold temperatures might make anglers think about fishing deep, based on history as well as recent reports that would be a mistake. Brett says the deep bass bite has been next to non-existent, while the fish that have been caught have come up shallower in 3-6 feet of water. The best option has been fishing Shad Raps, Speed Traps, Rattle Traps and square-billed crankbaits slowly around rocky, main lake points. If it's possible to find some wind protection by fishing the insides of the points that has been best. Brett says catching 2-3 good fish on crankbaits is a respectable outing.

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Clear
2 fish caught | Lunker: 25lb Blue Catfish using a Finger Mullet

Started fishing about 3:00 PM and had the cooler filled by 6:00. Great day. Stayed until about 7:30 but was throwing fish back as there was no more room in my 48 qt cooler. All fish came on cut mullet I get from a fresh seafood market near where I work. Had gizzard shad as well but never used it. Biggest was 25-30 lb, next was 15. Caught several others blues in the 6-10 lb range and also some nice channels and smaller blues for the skillet. Stripers never came up but wasn't a problem tonight. I anchored and never moved.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Blue CatfishFinger Mullet25
2Blue CatfishFinger Mullet15
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Cloudy

On vacation this week and planning on five days on the water. A couple down near the dam and 3 up near Beaver Creek. Will mostly be targeting stripers and cats. Looking forward to catching some and stocking up the freezer. Weather looks as though it's going to be perfect. I'll let y'all know