The lake is less pressured during the weekdays, but you can still expect to encounter a good number of bass fishermen working the lake on the weekend. However, the quality of the bass fishing is excellent. There are 3,370 surface acres of water with 36 miles of shoreline. Granted, this is not a huge lake, but it still is plenty big enough for big bass rigs, and the water depth at the dam is about 60 feet deep. Underwater stumps and shallow flats are scattered throughout the lake. The lake does have a main-channel run from the Catawba River, but there are large flats littered with stumps throughout.
Once you learn the deep-water routes, you can run a big rig safely, but boating safety is certainly something that should be at the top of the list on learning this lake. The creeks, such as Cane Creek in the upper portion of the lake and Bear Creek on the lower end of the lake, can be very good during the summer. Cane Creek is narrow, but it goes a long way and provides some very good fishing opportunities. The stump-covered points seem to produce the most consistent results. Also, the small cuts and pockets along the steep shoreline are good during this time of the year. The fish may be in fairly shallow water, but only in places where they are near deep water. There are not a lot of docks on the lake, but most of those do have proximity to deep water and thus can be very good targets as well. When fishing the points and pockets, or any type of structure, White always fishes upstream, against the current.
Duke Power provides two boat access areas on the lake in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Public Access Areas
SCDNR Highway 9 Access Area
Cane Creek Access Area, Fishing Creek Access Area,
Landsford Canal State Park 1-803-789-5800
Dutchman Creek Marina & Campground Llc
803-482-3067, 5546 River Rd, Great Falls, SC 29055
Suttons Landing Marina
803-482-6443, 538 Taylors Creek Rd, Great Falls, SC 29055
Local Area Businesses
Republic Golf Club
803-482-3300, 536 Evans Vaughn Dr, Great Falls, SC