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Lake Jocassee

Lake Jocassee is a nearly undisturbed clear mountain lake in the northwest corner of South Carolina. Lake Jocassee holds many state records including Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Redeye Bass, and Brown Trout. Big fish is the name of the game here. Most of the fishing involves techniques that are suited for anglers with at least moderate experience. Although the deep clear water is beautiful to behold, it can be somewhat challenging to the angler. Many situations call for lighter line and smaller baits. I've spent 20+ years learning this lake and its unique challenges.
"Jo" is fed by several cold mountain rivers and creeks, some of which create a rare attraction of waterfalls falling directly into the lake. The vast majority of the lake in undeveloped, and the only "residents" you might see are the Bald Eagles or Black Bears.
If you are up to the challenge to fish one of the toughest and most beautiful lakes around, give me a call or shoot me an email
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A fat and sassy 9 LB. 11 oz. Jocassee Largemouth. It preceeded an 11 LB. 1 oz. and a  7+ lb. Largemouth that day.

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Which is better, the 11+ lb. Largemouth or the fall scenery?

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"Jo" has got some huge fish.

  • FINALLY!!!
  • I'M FINALLY GETTING AROUND TO MAKING SOME MUCH OVERDUE UPDATES TO MY WEBSITE. I PLAN ON KEEPING FISHING REPORTS UP TO DATE AS WELL AS MY PICS.
  • 2007 HELD SOME BIG SURPRISES ON JOCASSEE. I STARTED THE YEAR WITH MY PERSONAL BEST LARGEMOUTH, A NICE 11 LB. 2 OZ PIGGY. (HOPE TO HAVE A PIC UP SOON). AND IN NOVEMBER I TOOK A RUN AT MY RECORD WITH A 11 LB. 1 OZ. LARGEMOUTH COMPLEMENTED WITH A 9 LB. 11 OZ AND A 7LB. + ON THE SAME DAY!!! THATS JOCASSEE FISHING. NOVEMBER WAS VERY GOOD WITH SEVERAL BIG LARGEMOUTH COMING IN THE BOAT.
  • DECEMBER 2007 AND JANUARY 2008 BROUGHT COLDER TEMPS AND DEEPER FISH. A COLD RAINY DAY HELD A NICE MIXED BAG OF REDEYE BASS, RAINBOW TROUT, MAGNUM PERCH, AND A FEW CATFISH. THERE HAS BEEN A REAL COLD SNAP LATELY DROPPING THE SURFACE TEMP RATHER QUICKLY. FEBRUARY IS TRADITIONALLY ONE OF MY TOUGHEST MONTHS ON JOCASSEE BUT THATS WHEN THE MONSTER SMALLIES LIKE TO START SHOWING UP MAKING UP FOR THE MANY LONG FISHLESS DAYS THERE.
  • FEBRUARY WAS TOUGH, TOUGH, TOUGH. I DIDN'T GET TO FISH JOCASSEE MUCH THIS MONTH BUT WHEN I DID THE FISHING WAS RELENTLESS.
  • MARCH IS HERE AND HOPEFULLY SOME INPROVED FISHING. I USUALLY DO MOST OF MY FISHING FROM SEPT. THRU MARCH, WITH A FEW TRIPS IN APRIL AND MAY. I PROBABLY WONT HAVE MANY MORE REPORTS AFTER THIS MONTH. I LIKE TO LEAVE THE HUGE JOCASSEE FEMALES ALONE DURING THEIR SPAWNING SEASON. I KNOW SOME WILL DISAGREE WITH ME BUT I AM STRONGLY AGAINST SITE FISHING AND THE JOCASSEE WATERS MAKE IT THAT MUCH MORE OF A THREAT. THEY HAVE A HARD ENOUGH TIME WITH NATURE AND NATURAL PREDATORS. I WANT TO DO MY PART IN HELPING THE FISH IN THIS TROPHY HATCHERY TO PROGRESS.
  • ITS THE 1ST WEEK IN APRIL. I DIDN'T MAKE IT TO JOCASSEE MUCH THIS PAST MONTH. WITH DIESEL FUEL HOVERING NEAR THE $4.OO MARK, AND GAS NOT FAR BEHIND, I DIDN'T MAKE THE TRIP AS MUCH. THE FISHING WAS STILL TOUGH THOUGH. TALKING TO SOME OF MY FRIENDS WHO FISHED THERE THIS MONTH, IT WAS A MONTH TO FISH 2 DAYS ( 8 HOURS OR MORE A DAY) FOR 2 OR 3 BITES. I WASN'T FAIRING THAT GOOD :(  WE'LL SEE WHAT APRIL HOLDS.
  •  MAY 13TH. BIG OIL WINS. I HAVEN'T VENTURED TO JOCASSEE IN QUITE A WHILE. I GUESS I WILL WAIT FOR THE FALL BITE WHICH IS USUALLY AROUND THE END OF SEPT. TO EARLY OCT. I DON'T GUESS DIESEL ($4.30ish)AND AND GAS ($3.70ish)WILL BE ANY CHEAPER,  BUT ITS EASIER TO PAY WHEN THE FISHING IS BETTER. I GUESS THIS WILL BE THE LAST JOCASSEE REPORT TILL FALL.
  • SEPT. HAS ARRIVED AND IS ALMOST GONE!!! ITS THE LAST DAY OF SEPT. AND THE FISHING ON JOCASSEE HAS BEEN GOOD THE LAST 2 WEEKS. THE 2 TRIPS I'VE FISHED HERE HAS BEEN MOSTLY CHASING THE BIG'UNS. WITH SOME NICE LARGEMOUTHS ( PICS ARE IN PICS #1), AND SOME NICE REDEYES. THE SMALLIES HAVE HID THEMSELVES WELL THOUGH. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT TIME TO CATCH A BIG FISH ON JOCASSEE. THE 5+ LB. FISH LIKE TO COME OUT OF HIDING!
  • WELCOME TO FEB. 2009. THINGS HAVE BEEN FAIRLY QUIET ON JOCASSEE. AFTER HAVING 2 VERY FUN TRIPS IN DEC. CATCHING TROUT (THEY ARE NOT MY SPECIALTY ON JOCASSEE) MY LAST TRIP CHASING THE BLACK BASS YIELDED A NIECE 2 1/2 LB. SMALLIE AND A 4 LB. LARGEMOUTH. THEY HAD TO BE CAUGHT ON FINESSE TECHNIQUES IN THE CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS. YOU HAVE TO BE A HARD CORE FISHERMAN OR WOMAN TO ENJOY THAT KIND OF FISHING BUT IF YOU ARE ITS TRULY REWARDING.  
  • ITS MAY AND MOST OF MY JOCASSEE FISHING IS OVER TILL SEPTEMBER. I MIGHT SNEAK DOWN THERE ANOTHER TIME OR TWO BUT AM NOT PLANNING ON IT. MY LAST TRIP YIELDED A "INTERESTING" FISH. A POSSIBLE NEW WORLD RECORD REDEYE!!! I'M AFRAID IT IS A CROSS BETWEEN A REDEYE AND A SPOTTED BASS BUT WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE S.C.D.N.R. TO DO A GENETICS TEST TO KNOW FOR SURE. I'M NOT GETTING MY HOPES UP BUT IT WAS A GOOD FISH EITHER WAY. 5.31 LBS. I GUESS THIS OPENS THE DOOR FOR ME TO SAY MY PEACE ABOUT SPOTTED BASS. I KNOW THEY ARE LOVED AND ADORED BY MANY ANGLERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY BUT I AM NOT ON BOARD. THE FISH HAVE ALOT OF NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON OTHER SPECIES. THEY CAN DESTROY A SMALLMOUTH FISHERY IN A SHORT TIME, NOT TO MENTION A VERY RARE REDEYE (COOSA BASS) FISHERY. S.C. BIOLOGISTS SAY THAT ABOUT 50% OF JOCASSEE REDEYES ARE HYBRIDIZED WITH SPOTS. AT THIS RATE THE REDEYES ARE GOING TO GET SCARCE VERY SOON. THEY HAVE A LIMITED RANGE IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHAINS AND ONCE THE SPOTS ARE IN THEY SEEM TO BE THERE TO STAY. THIS BRINGS ME TO MY NEXT THOUGHT. ILLEGAL STOCKING. THERE'S A REASON WHY BIOLOGISTS GO TO SCHOOL, AND ONE REASON IS TO KNOW THE WHOLE PICTURE ABOUT INTRODUCING A SPECIES INTO A NEW WATER. ALL INTRODUCED SPECIES HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE WHOLE FISHERY. FROM THE SPOTTED BASS TO THE BLUEBACK HERRING THEY LIKE TO EAT. SO DO US ALL A FAVOR AND LEAVE THE STOCKING TO THE WILDLIFE AGENCIES. I PERSONALLY FEEL THEY MESSED UP WHEN THEY CAME UP WITH THE FAMOUS KENTUCKY "SPOTTED"  BASS. SEEMED GOOD IN THEORY BUT IT SURE HAS MESSED UP ALOT OF GOOD SMALLMOUTH AND REDEYE WATERS. AND THE BLUEBACKS THAT PEOPLE LIKE TO STOCK TO GROW THE SPOTS NICE AND FAT HAS A VERY BAD EFFECT ON WALLEYES, CAUSING THEM TO BECOME STERILE. I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT WILL STOP HERE. IF I GOT YOU RILED UP I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT BUT DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR MY THOUGHTS ABOUT SPOTS AND ILLEGAL STOCKING. ANYWAY, CHECK BACK HERE IN SEPT. FOR A FISHING REPORT.
  •    ITS THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER AND WHAT A FALL IT HAS BEEN. I HAVE HAD MORE "LOST OPPORTUNITIES" THAN I CARE TO MENTION. THE LARGEMOUTH, SMALLMOUTH, SPOTS, AND REDEYES HAVE BEEN BITING WHEN THE WEATHER IS RIGHT. EVERYTHING FROM TOPWATER TO DROPSHOTS. THE LAKE IS BACK UP GOOD BUT THEY ARE FLUCTUATING IT SOME.
  • ITS THE LAST DAY OF 2009. THE LAST BITTERLY COLD DAY ON JOCASSEE PRODUCED A 9.4 LB. LARGEMOUTH!!! WHY CAN'T BIG FISH BITE ON WARM SUNNY DAYS??? ANYWAY, THE STOCKED TROUT WERE BITING BUT SLACKED OFF A BIT. I'M SURE THE TROLLERS ARE CATCHING PLENTY OF THEM IF THEY WANT. WE SEEM TO BE HAVING A REAL WINTER THIS YEAR SO MAYBE THE JANUARY SMALLMOUTH BITE WILL BE BETTER THAN THE PAST 2 YEARS. THE LAKE IS AT FULL POOL, RATHER DIFFERENT LOOKING AFTER ITS BEEN DOWN FOR SO LONG. GUESS ITS TIME TO GET THE HEATER OUT, HUNTING CLOTHES, AND SUPER THICK GLOVES AND TRY TO LOCATE A BIG SMALLIE ON JOCASSEE. ITS NOT FOR THE CASUAL FISHERMAN FOR SURE!
  • JANUARY WAS SLOW ON JOCASSEE. WE DID MANAGE A FEW FISH ON A COLD JANUARY DAY TOPPED OFF BY A 5.5 LB. SPOTTED BASS. ITS NOW THE 1ST WEEK IN MARCH AND ITS SNOWING AGAIN. WITH ALL THE SNOW WE HAVE HAD THE PAST 2 MONTHS ITS BEEN HARD GETTING TIME TO GO WHEN THE ROADS ALLOW IT. MARCH MEANS TOUGH FISHING ON THE JO BUT THE SHOT AT SOME HUGE PRESPAWNERS!!!
  • JOCASSEE TRIPS ARE OVER FOR ME UNTIL LATE AUGUST EARLY SEPTEMBER. THIS LAKE GETS TOUGHER THAN TOUGH IN THE SUMMER. YOU CAN STILL CATCH SOME AT NIGHT BUT I'M NOT MUCH OF A NIGHT OWL SO I'M IN A HOLDING PATTERN....
  • JULY 12TH, STILL HOLDIN'...
  • END OF AUGUST, I COULDN'T WAIT ANYMORE. I SNUCK OFF TO JO LAST WEEK AND WOULDN'T YOU KNOW IT, THE WEATHER MAN MISSED IT......BY A LONG SHOT. OH WELL, TRIED TO MAKE THE BEST OF IT AND ALMOST DID, BROKE ON A 6-7 LBER. ONLY BITE ALL DAY BUT IT WOULD'VE MADE THE TRIP WORTH IT. IT WOULDN;T BE A FISHING TRIP WITHOUT THE "BIG ONE THAT GOT AWAY".
  • SORRY FOR THE BIG GAP IN REPORTS. MY EXCUSES, I'VE BEEN WORKING ON A "PROJECT" FOR QUITE SOME TIME, AND THE BIRTH OF OUR DAUGHTER MINDA! SHE CAME A BIT EARLY AND WE HAVE BEEN BUSY WITH HER. THE JOCASSEE FISHING HAS BEEN GOOD. I'VE CAUGHT SEVERAL 5-8 LB FISH SINCE MY LAST REPORT. I ALSO HAVE SOME YOUTUBE MATERIAL TO UPLOAD BUT AM HAVING TROUBLE WITH FORMATTING, BLLLAAAAA. I LIKE FALL AND WINTER ON JOCASSEE SO IF YOU WANT A CHANCE AT A GOOD FISH, NOW IS THE TIME. ALSO IF YOU'VE GOT PATIENCE, JANUARY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND IT WILL BE FLOAT AND FLY TIME FOR THE SMALLIES. NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED, BUT CAN BE VERY REWARDING.
  • ITS DECEMBER IN 2 DAYS, AND JOCASSEE HAS BEEN A LITTLE STUBBORN LATELY. THE LAST 2 TRIPS WERE UNFRUITFUL, WELL, NO FISH ANYWAY, JUST LESSONS LEARNED. ITS STILL A GOOD TIME TO BE OUT THERE, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WINTERTIME CLEAR MOUNTAIN LAKE FISHING GIVE ME A CALL.
  • MARCH 16. MAN, THIS RISING FUEL PRICE DEAL IS TOUGH. HAVEN'T BEEN TO JO IN A WHILE. IT WAS UNKIND AS EVER IN FEBRUARY, AND JUST GOT A TEXT FROM A FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS A TOURING FLW/BASSMASTER PRO WHO PUT IN A FULL DAY ON JO WITHOUT A BITE, OUCH!!!
  • MAY19. THE FISH WERE BITING AS OF LATE. I GUESS IT WILL BE A WHILE TILL I'M BACK ON JO. THE BULK OF MY GUIDING IN THE SUMMER MONTHS IS ON LAKE LURE SO THATS WHAT I FOCUS ON. I STILL MAY HAVE TO SNEAK DOWN A TIME OR TWO FOR SOME EARLY TOPWATER.
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 Here is a  5.31 lb. Redeye/Spot mix

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A 9 lb. 13 oz. January Largemouth... just in case you were wondering if fish bite in the winter

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A winter time Smallie