• Clark Hill Lake Striped Bass and Crappie report

    Little River Guide Service
    (706) 210-3474 http://www.littleriverguideservice.net lrguideservice@gmail.com
  • I own and operate a full time Striped Bass and Crappie fishing guide service located on the GA/SC border; Clark's Hill lake also known as J. Strom Thurmond reservoir. Lodging can be found at one of our many State Parks. Mistletoe State Park, Elijah Clark State Park, Hamilton Branch State park, Hickory Knob State Park.

  • Clark Hill Lake Striped Bass and Crappie report

    Fishing report.
    24 Feb 2018




    Clark's Hill fishing report, courtesy of Capt Tony Shepherd.
    www.littleriverguideservice.net
    Current lake level. 325.97ft msl 4.03 ft below full pool. Surface temperatures vary from 60 degrees on the lower end big water up to 68 degrees in the backs of coves and creeks. The fish have responded by beginning spawning activities normally reserved for march and april. Most notably, The CRAPPIE have pushed shallow and making for some of the best fishing of the year. The male crappie have pushed up into the flooded brush caused by the recent rising waters and are anxiously waiting on their female counterparts, which are staged in just slightly deeper water waiting on the perfect time to move in and make the next generation of Clark's Hill Slabs. Some anglers have capitalized by presenting small jigs and or minnow under a small cork into the holes in and around the shoreline cover. Others have had much success long-line trolling in a little deeper water targeting the staging fish. Pulling 16 rods can be a productive method but not relaxing by any means. Just the opposite, EXCITING. Capt Rocky Fulmer with little river guide service has been trolling this past week and has had consistent success each day but mentions that jig color, speed and depth will change from day to day and sometimes within the day itself.


    The Striped bass and Hybrids have also reacted positively to the warming trend and are showing up in numbers on the shallow shoals, flats and points associated with springtime fishing. While some fish will be feeding in 6 ft of water, others will be feeding shallow in 60 to 90 ft of water while traveling along their super highways. Experiment on lengths of free-lines or how much small weight to add. Small weights can be a good thing but can also disrupt your trolling when getting close to shallow spots with undergrowth still present from the extended period of low water. Removable weights are ideal in this situation and can allow for a fast transition and conditions change throughout the day,


    Not to leave out the Largemouth bass activity, they too have moved shallow and have been responding to flukes, crankbaits, jerkbaits, A-rigs and even some topwater. The trend seems to be 6ft of water and less but they will run in to the cover on the shoreline because the food is hiding in there.
    Enjoy the weather while it last. I am sure that old man winter is not finished with us yet, but that will only serve to back progress up for a few days before the normal feeding resumes.
  • Search Fishin.com

  • GA Power Lake Levels

  • Recent Articles

    Mike Gerry

    Reading Your Mapping

    While todays mapping has improved drastically; as everything from coloring to contours to self-recorded detail are available you still must understand what youíre seeing on your screens. That for many can be a challenge so let me offer a little detail and hopefully give you... read more
    Mike Gerry 3 Days Ago
    Judy Helmey

    1955 Thumb Protector Reel

    Now this is not one of my fatherís reels. I found this picture on the web. However, this is exactly what they looked like. Pfluger rocket company, at least that is always what my father always called them, made this reel. I believe it was called a Penn Peerless...anyhow.... read more
    Judy Helmey 5 Days Ago
    Mike Gerry

    Your Boat Batteries Running Down

    Today's fishing has become a game of computers, we are spending thousands of dollars on electronics in order to be the best we can be on the water. The trouble is all this money being spent is adding up to other problems occurring with your boat as the amp draw on todayís electronics... read more
    Mike Gerry 1 Week Ago
    Mike Gerry

    Boat Up Keep

    With the rising cost of bass boats in the past several years more and more people who have been flipping their boat year after a year or so must keep it longer and taking care of it is extremely important. My customers understand my fixation as I must keep my boat looking like... read more
    Mike Gerry 2 Weeks Ago
    Judy Helmey

    Scaring, Rowing, Dipping & How to Cook a Marsh Hen

    Itís marsh hen hunting season. I canít say at the moment what the rules and regulations are in regards to this day and time. However, what I can tell you is a little about how my father and I used to hunt marsh hens. My father was a very avid bird hunter. In the case of... read more
    Judy Helmey 3 Weeks Ago
    Mike Gerry

    Big Fish Anyone

    Warm days are not necessarily your best winter time fishing; I understand the winter can be harsh on the body but if you want the best big fish days on the water you probably need to be tougher than the average fisherman. The problem is if youíre after a trophy size bass, the... read more
    Mike Gerry 3 Weeks Ago
    Mike Gerry

    Cold Fishing Winter Days

    Cold Winter Days


    When the cold wind blows off the water in the winter and youíre wondering what I can do to get a bite, here are a few tips to think about! One thing I have always believed is that bass eat in the cold winter water when itís easy, their metabolism... read more
    Mike Gerry 4 Weeks Ago