Clarks Hill -
by Brian Ely
time, Clarks Hill remains a bit above full pool with surface temps
in the low to mid 80s. Bass fishing is traditionally fairly slow
during August on Clarks Hill. At the time of this report, bass
that are being caught are still holding in a mid-summer pattern on
main lake humps and points. Night fishing with dark-colored soft
plastics is a good bet to avoid the heat and pleasure boat
traffic. There have been reports of easier fishing on the extreme
northern end of the lake just below the Lake Russell Dam. The
water released from Russell is cold and, therefore, cools the lake
water in Clarks Hill in the area. This may not be of great
assistance to tournament anglers fishing the weekend tournaments
because power generation usually occurs during weekdays. A bright
spot in the fishing forecast is the striper and hybrid bite.
Locals and guides report very good catches in the early morning
hours in deep water off of humps in 20 to 30 feet of water.
Herring fished just off the bottom have been producing results.
comes to a close, schooling action should become a factor in both
bass fishing and hybrid/striper fishing. The fish will begin
herding shad and feeding heavily on the small bait fish.
After a long
day on the road, Advertising Manager of the Georgia Fish and Game
Finder, Steve Powell, always gets a good night’s rest at Cullars
Inn in Lincolnton. For years, the Cullars Inn has been helping
fishermen and hunters get the rest they need for a productive
“next day.” Cullars Inn is located conveniently close to all the
restaurants in Lincolnton. Stay there for one night or for a
whole week while you are hunting or fishing in the Clarks Hill
area. Call ahead at (706) 359-6161 to book a room.
While at Soap
Creek Lodge, I spoke with Bob Guillebeau. He reports that the
crappie in his area of the lake are now being caught in deeper
water around brush. They will remain in this type of cover for the
remainder of the summer months. Minnows fished just above brush
will be more productive than jigs. Experiment with the depth at
which they are fished. Call Bob at the Lodge for a report. The
fine folks at Soap Creek will also tell you about their seafood
dinners and the “all you can eat” specials. He has also added a
deck at the restaurant overlooking Soap Creek. Check with Bob
about rental cabins, rates, and availability. You can rent for a
weekend or for a week. Call today (706) 359-3125.
I met with
Mrs. Cornelia Davis at the Home Café of Washington earlier this
month. As usual, her crew was busy preparing for the lunch crowd
that always gathers at the café. They have the best old-fashioned
home-style meals in the area, and the portions served up there are
huge. Mrs. Davis’ desserts, whet her cakes, pies, or pudding,
are not to be passed on, so try to leave a little room. If you
need a cake cooked for an occasion or if you just want one for
yourself, call Mrs. Davis. When you are in the area on a hunting
or fishing trip, stop in visit with Cornelia, Gerald, and Ty.
Mrs. Davis has added a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night
All-U-Can eat Catfish and Shrimp dinner to the menu.
stopped in at Allen’s Country Store on Washington Rd. in Evans, I
was informed that the blue back herring sales were still high.
Both live and frozen herring are being sold to Clarks Hill Striper
fishermen. Fishermen are looking forward to large catches this
summer. Allen’s is still regarded as the place to buy the most
lively herring in the area. Check out Allen’s selection of Mad
Man soft plastic baits. Gas prices are as good as prices at the
bigger chain stores, so why not gas up while you get your other
fishing supplies? Allen’s now has “pay at the pump” gas service.
people at Cliatt Crossing continue to be gracious advertisers in
this magazine. They make me welcome, and I know that they will do
the same for you. They are located at the intersection of GA 220
and Hwy. 47 in Lincoln County. If you are heading to Clarks Hill
or anywhere else to fish or hunt, stop by and stock your cooler at
Cliatt Crossing. The prices and the supply on hand will have you
returning again and again. Jason and his staff also pride
themselves on having a complete supply of bait and tackle. His
gas pumps are ultra-modern, and I know of several local folks who
refuse to buy gas for their boat and truck anywhere else.
Augusta Marine Superstore and you will find friendly and
professional sales staff and an expert service department. Owner
Barry Frazier is now carrying the hot new line of Bentley Pontoon
Boats. Augusta Marine Superstore is excited about this new
company and its excellent product. Right now Barry is selling the
2004 year model 20ft. Bentley with a 50hp Mercury, oil injection
and tilt and trim starting at $9995. Standard features on this
Bentley include AM/FM stereo/CD player, 9ft. Bimini top, 8ft-6in
beam, and 25 inch diameter pontoon tubes. Tubes and the ¾ in.
thick deck carry a lifetime warranty. Come by or call for more
information. Augusta Marine also carries Caravelle, Bennington,
and Key West in the pleasure boat lines and Stratos, Javelin, and
Triton bass boats. Mercury, Yamaha, Johnson or Evinrude outboards
are available. Augusta Marine Superstore provides “Factory
Authorized service” on these outboards also. The service
department is super clean, organized and mirrors Barry’s
intentions to provide the best to his customers. Augusta Marine
Superstore also has a good selection of quality used boats on
hand. The Boat Center is located at 4751 Washington Rd. in
Evans, Georgia which is conveniently located on the way to and
from Clarks Hill. Owner Jimmy Beasley is well known for his
expertise on Mercury and Mercruiser but he and his crew are just
as efficient with other brands also. Jimmy has a large supply of
fishing and pleasure boat parts and accessories on hand. If he
doesn’t have what you need he can have it for you in a short
time. The Boat Center is now proud to carry the BULLET Bass Boat
line. Bullet is a top of the line, extremely fast boat and Jimmy
is now the authorized dealer in this area. You will not beat the
price The Boat Center can offer on BULLET. Mr. Beasley also has
on hand a selection of Sylvan Pontoon boats. Stop by today and see
for yourself. CSRA Camperland has been long regarded as the place
to go for RVs, trailers, and folding campers. They proudly carry
the Fleetwood line. On the lot you will find Pace Arrow motor
homes, Prowler Trailers, Mallard Trailers, Wilderness, and
Coleman. CSRA Camperland also has a large selection of used units
to fit every budget. Camperland’s parts and accessory department
has everything from the smallest bolts to AC units. Everything
you might need for towing and brake systems is also available. A
large catalog is also available from CSRA Camperland. The large
10 bay service department is second to none. LP gas and a dump
station are located on the premises.
Heidi and the crew at the Huddle House of Lincolnton know how to
cater to the hungry fishing and hunting crowd. One of the Bass
clubs I fish with traditionally meets here before each tournament.
Also, you know a hunting or fishing trip is just not complete
without a trip to the Huddle House in the pre-dawn hours for
breakfast. When you are in town for your next tournament or
hunting trip, stop in and you’ll see why we’re always there. The
service and the food are second to none. The Huddle House is
located at 115 Elm Street in Lincolnton GA. You can also call in
an order ahead of time at (706) 359-5360.
owner of Outriggers Seafood House, invites you to come and enjoy a
meal with him and his courteous staff. Outriggers Seafood House
is located at 6002 Clarks Hill Rd., Appling, GA (Pollard’s Corner
near intersection of 221 and 104). The “all-u-can eat” buffet is
top notch and includes plenty of fresh shrimp, salmon, scallops,
catfish, oysters and just about anything else you can imagine
along those lines. A full salad bar and dessert bar is included.
On Thursday night Outriggers features prime rib and fried quail as
well as senior citizen discounts. On Friday nights kids aged 5-10
eat for 99 cents. Sunday lunch is only $7.99. Jason welcomes the
bass tournament fishing crowd as well as you hunters. So if
you’ve been on the lake or if you and your family are in the mood
for a relaxing meal out, be sure to make it Outriggers Seafood
House. Please see their ad for detailed serving hours.
Outriggers Seafood House can be reached at (706) 541-0405.
Harry Davis at Harrisburg Bait and Tackle, and he was hard at work
as usual. The fishing in Clarks Hill, Savannah River, Lake
Olmstead and the canal is great. Don’t get caught with reels that
needed servicing. That can ruin the trip faster than anything.
Remember, Harrisburg is the place to buy your bait, tackle, ice,
drinks and snacks before heading out. If you catch a big one,
bring it by for Harry to photograph, and I will get your picture
in the Fish and Game Finder. Harry has plenty of new and
reconditioned reels for sale. Check them out; you’ll be
impressed. Harrisburg is still the number one choice for work on
your spinning, spin casting, bait casting, and all salt-water
reels. Come in and see for yourself. Harrisburg Bait and Tackle
is located at 2001 Broad Street, Augusta GA.
Marine Service is a full marine service center. Their location on
Washington Rd. just before the Keg Creek Bridge makes them the
perfect choice for your marine service needs. Preferred Marine
specializes in repair and restoration of boats and motors. Ken
and his crew will diagnose any problems you might be having and/or
tune that boat up for upcoming fishing and pleasure boating.
Plan ahead now to avoid problems later. If you are a first-time
customer, tell Ken that you saw his ad in this magazine and you’ll
receive 10% off. Also inquire about financing.
Corner at Hwy 104 and 221 is a long-standing Clarks Hill
tradition. Come in and see them. They have live bait, tackle,
hardware, gas, grocery items, and so much more. In short,
Pollard’s Corner is a friendly old-fashioned kind of place that
still offers everything you might need for a day out fishing,
camping, boating, or hunting. Give them a visit. I spoke with
Mike Patrick of Clarks Hill Guide Service just before this issue
went to press. He told me that the recent heavy rains and run off
had the fish scattered but things were getting better. He has
been fishing in the northern end of the lake for stripers. He
informed me that at this time of year the striped bass begin their
annual run north. While the striped bass do this, hybrids will
pretty much stay down lake and not do a lot of migrating. You can
expect Mike to follow these schools of big stripers and stay with
them throughout the year. Mike Patrick and his Clarks Hill Guide
Service continue to maintain his reputation for catches of large
striped bass. Call Mike Patrick and set up a trip today. You
will be pleased and impressed. Mike can be reached at
and his professional crew at Trucks and Moore Accessory Center are
located on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez GA. They can outfit
your truck, jeep, or SUV to tow, go deeper in the woods, and get
out if you go too far, or make your vehicle look better. Trucks
and Moore has been in business for over 8 years and sells every
accessory imaginable with expert installation. Started in 1995 by
Larry Moore, they were known as Rhino Linings of Augusta. Since
that time they have expanded to offer an ever increasing slate of
products and services. Spray on bedliners, towing accessories, a
full range of audio/video equipment, winches, brush guards, step
bars, window tinting, glass repair and replacement, dual exhaust
and the list continues. Trucks and Moore has started lifting
trucks and offering tires and wheels for the ultimate OFF ROAD
look. So come by and see Larry at Trucks and Moore Accessory
Center. They can be reached by phone at (706) 868-0008. Business
hours are 8am-5:30pm M-F and 8am-4pm on Saturdays. SEE THE
COUPON WORTH $50 OFF A SPRAYED IN BEDLINER IN THIS MONTH’S AD.
Sandi Hayes at Pair of Jacks appreciate your continued support.
Their supply of ZOOM products continues to be the best on the
lake. If you are looking for a particular soft plastic color or
brand, Pair of Jacks probably has it. They have plenty of
spinnerbaits in various brands and every color of Sided crankbait
that you might need. Jack has also received a shipment of Lucky
Craft baits. If you need live bait, they have it too. Stop by on
your way to the lake and pick up your ice, drinks, and snacks. If
you forgot something for the boat, they probably have it also.
They carry outboard oil, rope, and even boat batteries. Pair of
Jacks also has turkey hunting supplies and outdoor type gift
Another of my
favorite places to shop, eat, and hang around is Ridge Road Bait
and Tackle. Jason and Melissa are doing well with this business.
In the store area they have an excellent supply of the soft
plastic baits and hard baits you will see producing catches of
bass on Clarks Hill and local ponds. They also stock the popular
“extra small lively” minnows for you crappie fishermen and
fisherwomen. Ridge Road serves up breakfast, lunch and
dinner. Stop by before or after your next fishing or hunting
trip. Call ahead for take-out or stop by and order from the menu.
Ridge Road Bait and Tackle now has the equipment to fill propane
tanks for your RV, camper, grills or other propane needs. They
would also like to remind you all that they accept Visa,
MasterCard, Discover, American Express and they also take personal
checks. The restaurant and store can be reached at (706)
541-9424. Bring your catch or your turkey to Ridge Road for a
photo and we will include it in next month’s issue. Stephen Bay
Jr. and his son Stephen III own and operate Ultimate Outdoors at
522 Edgefield Rd., North Augusta. Ultimate Outdoors was been a
longstanding tradition at its location on Eve Street in the
Harrisburg neighborhood of Augusta, but now Stephen is in another
much larger building in North Augusta. I met the Bays several
years ago and I am happy to congratulate them on the new store.
Ultimate Outdoors will be noted for its premium tackle and fishing
supplies. Stephen is especially targeting the bass fishing
community. Call for details. If any of you readers know Mr. Bay,
you already know that he is quite a character and his enthusiasm
will be reflected in his new location. He and his son are
gathering an impressive product line. Stephen has said, “I’m not
wasting time or money on products that are second rate or have not
been proven successful.” Ultimate Outdoors stocks soft plastics
by ZOOM, Illusion, V&M, Gary Yamamoto, Kalin tubes and grubs, and
the very realistic Mad Man Baits.
The line of
“hard baits” will include YoZuri, Rapala, and Lucky Craft to name
a few. Speaking of Lucky Craft, Ultimate Outdoors stocks the
largest quantity and variety of Lucky Craft in 15 states. This is
according to Lucky Crafts sales representative. Folks, that is
more than the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World locations stock.
Ultimate Outdoors is now stocking the entire line of Buckeye
Lures. If you fish the Clarks Hill area you probably already know
about these fine lures. On my last visit to Ultimate Outdoors,
Steve showed me a bait I was totally unfamiliar with, the Chain
Gang Spinnerbait. This is the first totally flexible arm
spinnerbait. It consists of a rubber coated stainless steel chain
arm and interchangeable blades. Ultimate Outdoors is open 7 days
per week. All types of live bait are available. Call for more
information or directions (803)613-1255.