That analogy describes the striped bass fishing at Clarks Hill. During the late summer, the fish were biting good until. Then, with little warning, the lake began turning over, and the bite just shut down. According to guide William Sasser (706-589-5468), happy days are here again.
"We've made it to the other side, and we're catching a lot of fish now," he said. "We're even seeing two patterns emerge, which is normal for this time of year, but it's a good sign the winter bite is one."
The two patterns Sasser is referring to are a shallow-water bite in four to 10 feet of water in the backs of many creeks and a deeper bite near the main Savannah River channel in 40 to 45 feet of water.
For the shallow-water bite, Sasser is working the upper part of the lake.
"Starting around Amity and Thompson creeks up the lake, head towards the back and pull live herring behind planer boards," he said. "You'll catch a mix of 3- to 5-pound hybrids and stripers, and some bigger stripers now. Don't underestimate how shallow these fish will go. The lake is down almost 15 feet, and it may look barren, but you run a board up there with a lively bait behind it and watch what happens."
Fortunately, anglers can enjoy both patterns. While the shallow bite is best early and late, Sasser is catching the deeper fish during the middle of the day after it warms up a bit. He said fish are congregated in bends in the river and playing hide-and-seek.