Clarks Hill Lake Record Striped Bass

Brad Gill | May 27, 1993

It’s kind of hard to hold this one up! Sam Porter, of Six Mile, S.C., caught this 55-lb., 12-oz. striped bass May 27, 1993 in the trailrace below Russell Dam in the headwaters of Clarks Hill Lake. The monster striper set a new lake record for Clarks Hill and also set a new state record for South Carolina. 

Clarks Hill Lake is a reservoir at the border between Georgia and South Carolina in the Savannah River Basin. It was created by the J. Strom Thurmond Dam during 1951 and 1952 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers near the confluence of the Little River and the Savannah River. Fishing for striped bass is particularly popular at Clarks Hill. It is the third-largest artificial lake east of the Mississippi River, behind Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee River and Lake Marion on the Santee River. The J. Strom Thurmond Dam is located upstream from Augusta. Clarks Hill is one of the Southeast’s largest and most popular public recreation lakes.

Georgia Lake and River Records.

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