Clarks Hill Lake Fishing Report May 2017

Clarks Hill: Level: 6 feet low. Temp: Mid 70s. Clarity: The main lake is clear, and the rivers and creeks are stained.

Bass: Jon Hair with Greenfish Tackle reports, “The fish are now postspawn schooling on spawning herring. Fish long, tapered red-clay points. Best baits to use are topwater walking baits in chrome or a color that closely mimics blueback herring. Also use a Zoom Super Fluke in pearl and a Greenfish Tackle Big Rubber Jig. The Reno wreckem color is very popular now.” Tournament angler Kerry Partain reports, “The blueback herring spawn is in full swing, and the bass fishing is good. The bass are feeding on the baitfish around points and shoals, and they are biting topwater, Zoom Flukes and Carolina-rigged lizards all day. There are still some bass shallow in the bigger coves and pockets feeding on bream, and a Pop-R or Chug Bug can get some aggressive strikes, especially around bream beds. With the recent rains, look for some big fish to stay shallow in the rivers around newly flooded cover, so fish a Texas rig, jig or a Zoom Trick Worm around blowdowns and stumps.”

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