Clarks Hill Lake Record White Perch

Brad Gill | February 22, 2015

Dennis Franklin caught the Clarks Hill white perch record on Feb. 22, 2015. His fish weighed 1-lb., 4-ozs.

DNR’s sampling efforts prove the lake to have an abundant population of white perch. Not only do they make for a fun fight on light tackle, but they are delicious to eat. Most anglers catch white perch on minnows, smaller jigs and jigging spoons. They generally like to hang out in the same place where hybrids and stripers do. Target deeper water near ledges and humps or around standing timber.

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.

At 71,000 acres, 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.

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