Lake Wateree

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Location:
Winnsboro, SC
United States United States
Coordinates:
34.43806, -80.78384
Depth (average):
23 Feet
Depth (max):
63 Feet
Distance:
13,700 Acres
Description:

Lake Wateree State Park is 15 miles east of Winnsboro off US 21 and 11 miles off I-77. Lake Wateree offers fishing for bream, catfish, crappie, white bass, striped bass, largemouth bass, and white perch. The park also offers a 1-mile nature trail, a park store, two boat ramps, a picnic area, and playground equipment.

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Lake Wateree Fishing Report 01.10.14

  Lake Wateree had a another great year in 2013 with plenty of very nice limits and large size of largemouths, know it should be as good in 2014!  Wateree is probably the most fertile and abundance of bait/fish per acre than I have seen on any fishery I have been on.  My Lowrance HDS marine electronics are always filled with bait/fish almost every place I go on the lake!  There are many patterns that work on Wateree, which makes it a challenging/fun lake to fish...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 02.10.13

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports the largemouth bass bite remains somewhat slow, but the fish being caught have good weight to them. Soon the warming air and water temperatures will have bass more active and more moving up to shallows. Lake level is down a few feet and water is fairly muddy for Wateree after recent rains and discharge. Concentrate on rocky points and banks using bright color vibrating cranking hardbait. Also, you can go back through produ...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 12.05.12

Largemouth Bass: Good. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports bass continue to bite good with warm weather. Locate shad schools with your marine electronics, such as #Lowrance HDS units, in the creeks and short pockets/coves off the main lake. As water temps cool, follow the bass toward their deeper Winter locations on the main lake and major creek arms. Try structure near the shore that will hold bass waiting to ambush prey coming by such as rocky points, rip rap, deep docks, laydow...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 11.13.12

Largemouth Bass: Excellent. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports bass are biting good with the cooling temperatures and fish feeding up for the winter. There remains an abundance of shad schools in middle of creeks, pockets, and coves, however not much schooling bass activity. Keep a topwater or rattling bait ready to cast just in case. Focus on structure near the shore that will hold bass waiting to ambush prey coming by such as rocky secondary points, docks, laydowns, stumps, boa...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 10.12.12

Largemouth Bass: Excellent. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports bass fishing continues to improve with bigger and more bass biting well. Recent bass tournaments show the overall weights continue to climb. Fall bass will follow the baitfish to back of creeks and pockets, feeding up before Winter. They will use multiple pieces of structure and move alot, so be versatile by fishing a variety of cover and using multiple types of lures. Bass can be caught shallow around rocky points, g...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 09.05.12

Largemouth Bass: Good. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports that with cooling temps, this puts bass into a transition period where they can be caught shallow or deep. Early in the morning or on cloudy days, bass can be caught around shallow cover such as rocky points, grass, and laydowns using topwater, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and worms. Once the sun gets up, docks and deeper points/underwater humps can yield nice largemouth using plastic worms on texas rig, shakeyhead, and Carol...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 08.29.12

Largemouth Bass: Good. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports that with warm water temperatures bass remain in deep water; however, with cooling rains and air temperatures some fish are being caught shallow. Early in the morning fish around rocky points with shad topwater baits. Around the bank grass use buzzbaits, frogs, swimming worms/jigs, and spinnerbaits. Finally, docks are starting to produce again with plastic worms; plus crankbaits on the concrete launching ramps.  For d...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 08.08.12

Largemouth Bass: Good. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports bass can still be caught, even with warm summer tempertaures (water temp 88 degrees). The Catabwa River has many smaller lakes below Lake Wylie, that can be a nice change of pace for summer fishing as their is some water flow and water levels remain high, thus bass can still be caught shallow. In morning or late evenings, try topwater walking baits/poppers and buzzbaits. Then, chartreuse and white spinnerbaits around s...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 08.03.12

Largemouth Bass: Good. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports bass can still be caught, even with warm summer tempertaures (water temp 88 degrees).  The Catabwa River has many smaller lakes below Lake Wylie, that can be a nice change of pace for summer fishing as their is some water flow and water levels remain high, thus bass can still be caught shallow.  In morning or late evenings, try topwater walking baits/poppers and buzzbaits.  Then, chartreuse and white spi...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 07.18.12

Largemouth Bass: Good. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports with hot summer temperatures, bass remain in deep water. Some smaller bass can still be caught shallow early around grass and rocky points with shad style topwater, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Better quality bass are coming from deep points, ledges, and underwater humps with deep diving crankbaits in chartreuse color, big worms in junebug, and carolina rigged plastics in watermelon/brown colors. Concentrate on depths of...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 07.12.12

Largemouth Bass: Good. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports with hot summer temperatures, bass remain in deep water. Some smaller bass can still be caught shallow early around grass and rocky points with shad style topwater, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Better quality bass are coming from deep points, ledges, and underwater humps with deep diving crankbaits in chartreuse color, big worms in junebug, and carolina rigged plastics in watermelon/brown colors. Concentrate on depths of...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 06.05.12

Largemouth Bass: Excellent. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) Bass have set up in traditional Summer patterns and areas. Bass are being caught around grass, docks, rocky points and off-shore structure such as underwater humps and ledges. Early in morning shad are shallow and bass can be caught on fast moving shad imitation lures like topwater, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic swim or twitch baits. When the sun gets up and/or winds are calm, then soft plastic waterme...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 05.21.12

  Largemouth Bass: Good. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports bass have set up in traditional Summer patterns and areas. Bass are being caught around grass, docks, rocky points and off-shore structure such as underwater humps and ledges. Early in morning shad are shallow and bass can be caught on fast moving shad imitation lures like topwater, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic swim or twitch baits. When the sun gets up and/or winds are calm, then soft p...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 05.09.12

Largemouth Bass: Excellent. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports great bass fishing with fish being caught in all depths and presentations from shallow to deep (12-15 feet).  Water temps in high 70s. Bass are being caught around grass, rocks on points and underwater humps, and wood cover using fast moving shad lures like topwater, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and rattling baits. When sun gets up and/or winds are calm, then the soft plastic watermelon or green pumpk...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 05.01.12

Largemouth Bass: Excellent. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports great bass fishing even with bass continuing to transition from post-spawn to early summer deeper depths. Water temps are now holding in 70s. Bass are being caught around grass, rocks on points and underwater humps, and wood cover using fast moving shad lures like topwater, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and rattling baits. When sun gets up and/or winds are calm, then the soft plastic watermelon or green pumpkin worms and...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 04.06.12

Largemouth Bass: Excellent. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports that bass fishing is great with bass in the shallows and spawning.  Water level is at full pool, so penty of bass in the bank grass.  The shad spawn is on-going along the bank.  Water temp is 75 degrees with clear to slight stain to water color.  Bass are being caught around grass, rocks and wood cover using fast moving lures like topwater, spinnerbaits, jig and trailer, and plastics. Concentr...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 03.23.12

Largemouth Bass: Excellent. Captain Chris Heinning (803-236-1257) reports that bass fishing is great with bass in the shallows and spawning. Bass are being caught around grass, rocks and wood cover using fast moving lures like spinnerbaits, jig and trailer, and plastics. Concentrate of depths of 6 feet or less....

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 03.13.12

All the lakes in SC have been "on fire" with largemouth bass fishing being great.  Lots of big fish being caught, got to love the Spring time!  For Lake Wateree, SC, located Northwest of Columbia the capital, bass are being caught in the shallow coves and pockets.  Fish any cover in the shallows like bank grass, docks, rock points, etc.  Most fish being caught on plastics like a shakeyhead worm, creature bait, etc in green pumpkin colors.  Also, throw a ji...

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 02.13.12

Fishing a little slow on Wateree right now due to cold snap, stained water, etc.  With water temp in mid 50s, some bass can still be caught in less than 8 feet of water on bright or bulky lures such as crankbaits or jigs/shakyhead worms.  Fish on rocky points and docks near deep water.  Most of the bait I have see is in the mid-lake/s-bend area.  Capt Chris   www.captchrisfishing.com   (803) 905-1991...
Capt Chris Fishing
almost 3 years ago (02/04/2012)

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 02.04.12

Largemouth bass fishing is fair on Lake Wateree, SC, located about 1 hour Northwest of Columbia, SC.  The largemouth bass bite has slowed some due to winter’s cooler temperatures, however bass can still be caught around rocky points, deep docks, steep banks, and humps near deep water working crankbaits, jigs, shakey head worms, and jerkbaits very slowly.   8-12 feet is the best depth range to target.  Capt Chris' Fishing Guide Service, w...
Capt Chris Fishing
almost 3 years ago (11/30/2011)

Lake Wateree Fishing Report 11.30.11

Largemouth bass fishing remains very good in South Carolina midlands, even with the temperatures dipping lower and lower.  Plenty of good fishing remains on Lakes Murray, Santee Cooper, and Wateree, SC.  Most fish are feeding and catching them on crankbaits, soft plastics, and some on jigs.  Would love to take you out on a trip.  Capt Chris   www.captchrisfishing.com...

Fish

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Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
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Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)

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Crappie, Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

Guides

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Captain Chris Bass Fishing Guide Service

Largemouth bass fishing guided trip Striped Bass/Striper fishing guided trip (only Lake Murray primarily with artificial lures) Wildlife viewing/photography (bird watching, alligators, and other c...
Sumter, SC, United States United States
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Rush Guide Service

Come and join Buster Rush of Rush Guide Service for a day or two of fun and fishin! In addition to Santee Lake Marion, we are fishing Lake Wateree. With paying adults, youngster's 12 & under, fi...
Camden, SC, United States United States

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