By: Jeff Scoggin (AKA Deepstep)
About the river: Stevens Creek, a tributary of the Savannah River, winds its way slowly through the counties of Edgefield and McCormick, SC. The landscape of the river changes vastly over its length from deep gorge like settings to rocky shoals and even lined by cypress trees in some areas. The floatable sections of the creek really begin below the confluence of Steven’s and Turkey creek, and end in a vast stumpfield as the waters combine with the Savannah River as it continues its course into North Augusta. One of the rarest things about floating this creek is that at parts it is confused on whether or not it is a lowland creek or a piedmont stream. You could have mountain laurel on one side and cypress stumps on the other, truly a rare combination of two geographic regions as they make their transition away from one another. With its deep, alomost canyon-like setting, Steven’s Creek provides solitude that rivals the most remote waters in our state.
Bass Species Present: Largemouth and Redeye Bass
The Bassin’: The bassing in Steven’s creek can be good at times. The fishing is subject to many factors but mostly centers around water levels. The fish seem to relate to the abundant woody cover that litters the creek. Some sections contain deeper stretches of water, however the majority of the creek ranges from 1-3ft with deeper holes up to 8-10ft. The bass can be found cruising the shallows during dusk and dawn and will move to the deeper holes during the day relating to rocks and log jams. Standard river equipment is perfect here, and popular lure selections could include spinner baits, soft plastics, rapala minnow type baits, and a host of top water lures. Most fish in the creek will range from 0.5lbs up to about 2lbs. However, the lucky river basser may find himself tangling with a larger fish on occasion!
Obstacles or Rapids to beware of: As previously mentioned this flow is heavily influenced by local rainfall. Stevens creek can become a flood stage disaster for the river fisherman if he isn’t careful. There are many log jams and slippery rocks to be aware of in this river. These become especially dangerous at flows above 5ft at the SC23 gauge. After times of heavy rainfall it is not unusual to be required to portage the occasional downed tree. Also keep a sharp eye for the local wildlife to include water moccasins and copper heads that seem to love the waters edge.
Gauges: In order to maximize the fishing experience it is important to note two things about the gauges and this piece of water. The first is that Stevens Creek is best paddled at a level of greater than 1.8ft on the gauge at SC hwy 23. Water flows above 4ft blow the creek out and make fishing almost impossible. Often uptsream rains have significant effects on the flows here. This makes it important to keep an eye on the weather and rainfall in the counties above this flow as well as in the immediate area.
Map: Access Point Map coming soon to the members only area!
Jeff became submitted this through the riverbassin.com submit river description section . Thanks Jeff, all the River Bassin’ community owes you big time for helping us learn more about our nation’s rivers.