Clarks Hill Fishing Report September 2013

GON Staff | August 28, 2013

Clarks Hill: Level: 1.3 feet above full pool. Temp: Low 80s. Clarity: Clear.

Good. Tournament fisherman Jon Hair reports, “It has been taking 15 to 18 pounds to win tournaments. Fish are being caught both deep and shallow. If you want to fish deep, stay around the 18- to 20-foot range, and throw Greenfish Tackle Creeper Heads with Zoom Magnum Finesse worms or Ol’ Monsters (green pumpkin). Also keep a Greenfish Tackle Big Rubber Jig tied on. The bigger fish seem to be coming on the jig. With cooler temps coming, the water should cool off, and the shallow bite will improve. Throw buzzbaits and floating worms around banks that have deep water nearby.”

Guide William Sasser reports, “Fishing early in the morning on the lower end of the lake has been as good as it gets. Stacks of hybrids and stripers in a feeding frenzy are being found off underwater islands, shoals and points in 35 to 40 feet of water on the bottom. Downlining live herring throughout the lower end of the lake from Parksville to the dam has produced cooler after cooler full of slab hybrids and 8- to 15-lb. stripers. Double anchoring and cutbait fishing in 50 feet of water off of main-channel drop-offs has produced bigger stripers, but it’s just a little bit slower of a bite. Within the next couple of weeks we should be seeing schooling hybrids with stripers hiding underneath in the main channel around Parksville, Dordon Creek and Shriver Creek. Downlining herring underneath the schools and casting topwater plugs such as Sammys and Ice Flies will be very productive. Evening fishing has been pretty steady with nice fish being caught. It’s just a little bit slower of a bite, but this should also pick up in the next couple of weeks with the schooling fish showing up chasing bait.”

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