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  • Crankbait Bass Bite on Lake Keowee

    It’s hard to believe, but it’s a crankbait bass bite on Lake Keowee. Just ask Eric Martin of Seneca and Brock Taylor from Pendleton who weighed-in 19.06 pounds and a big fish of 6.99 pounds at the B &T New Year’s “Eve” Tournament.

    From the results of recent Keowee tournaments, winning anglers were bringing in fifteen to twenty pound bags to get a check. These money winning anglers were catching big bass on shad colored, medium to deep running crackbaits off points and in the creeks.

    With the water temps in the low 50s, you would thing think that the bass are deep. The tournament anglers reported that the bass are in six to twenty feet of water, and it’s an early morning bite with the bass shutting down after 9:00 am.

    Now this is not to say that you can’t catch fish in deeper water and on tradition winter lures, but the tournament anglers said that they were catching “little fish” on pig & jigs, spoons, and shaky head rigs.

    So until a cold weather comes in and pushes the bass deeper, get out on Lake Keowee early and throw medium to deep running crankbaits at them and hold on for the big bite.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley