Lake Hartwell Fishing Report Reviewed by Momizat on . Lake Hartwell is at 657. Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good.  Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that striper bass fishing has gotten hot, with most fi Lake Hartwell is at 657. Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good.  Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that striper bass fishing has gotten hot, with most fi Rating: 0
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Lake Hartwell Fishing Report

Lake Hartwell is at 657.

Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good.  Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that striper bass fishing has gotten hot, with most fish from the mid-lake area down to the dam.  Pretty much everything that is being caught is coming 30-60 feet deep on down-lines.  Sometimes the fish are oriented in the main channel suspended over very deep water, and sometimes they are holding off long points that swing in close to the channel.  There has been a little schooling activity near the dam but not enough to count on as a reliable pattern.

Catfish: Good.  Captain Bill Plumley  reports that channel catfish are biting very well, particularly on dip bait, although cut herring and nightcrawlers will also catch fish.  Fish are spread out all over the lake and their depth range has gotten a little deeper with fish in the 10-30 foot range.  Always catchable in warm water, flathead fishing has gotten really good in the last couple of weeks and one morning Captain Bill picked up three flatheads out of the same spot while striper fishing with live herring.  While flatheads can obviously be caught early and late, the best action may be at night fishing around stick-ups and brush fairly shallow in 5-10 feet of water.  Brush on top of humps is particularly strong and live bream and perch are the best baits.  Blue catfish are generally out in deeper water where they will spend the summer in the timber – and are very difficult to catch.

White perch: Good.  Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that on the lower end of the Lake Hartwell he has been catching strong numbers of perch, mainly in 30-40 feet of water.  They are mixed in with small striper and will take minnows and small herring.

Black bass: Fair.  Guide Brad Fowler (864-934-5813) reports that fishing had slowed substantially a couple of weeks ago, but since then trips have gotten a little more productive again.  Brad is unsure if this is a result of an overall improved bite or because he has been fishing much further up the Seneca and Tugaloo Rivers where action may have never gotten very slow.  Regardless, a few weeks ago fish were more mixed between deep and shallow water, but as the water levels dropped a lot of the fish seemed to leave the shallows.  However, with all the recent rains that trend could reverse.  Overall, fish can be found out in deep water around points and humps, particularly those with timber and brush.  Drop shot rigs, shakey head worms, Carolina rigs and Texas rigs will all catch these fish.  Topwater action has also gotten more consistent, and these fish can be called up with lures such as Spooks, Sammies, swimbaits and flukes.  The fish that are in the shallows have also been willing to take topwater lures such as buzzbaits and frogs.

Crappie: Slow.  Captain Bill Plumley reports that crappie fishing remains pretty tough, but fish can be caught around bridges at night.  During the day some crappie have also been caught over brush 17-25 feet deep in about 30 feet of water.  Minnows are producing best but slabtail jigs will also catch fish.

DHEC Fish Advisories: Due to PCB advisories visit http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/water/fish/Advisories/hartwell.htm before consuming any Lake Hartwell fish.

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Comments (9)

  • Chris

    Went night fishing last night at the mouth of Seneca River near Portman’s. Using lights trying to find the crappie, ended up catching a bunch of herring. Haven’t caught herring that way before but my kids were happy, that’s all that matters.

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  • bill howard

    Tough luck last few trips low water levels have left me7 searching for new places to fish only one or bites a night tryin to find big blues or flats its normal for me to only catch a couple fish I try to target big fish but $#*! It’s tough lately biggest fish 11 pounds this year!! Need advice or good places to try I fish any where on lake but clemson area is closest.

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  • Terry Wayne

    Fishing is picking up went 10/1/12 and fish are starting to school all over lake.

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  • Vic

    Very earley in the year but great results pulling boards up the creeks. Several fish in the 15-20 lbs. range and lots of Blue Cats in the 15-30 pound range fishing at night with live bate. Strange to see BB Hearing in the back of creeks this time of year while night fishing. Gald to see we can run jugs on Hartwell now. We will plan to run a batch tomorrow night with salted herring. This is by far the best time of year to catch quality fish.

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  • Rc

    fishing there in beginning of march for the first time any tips on bait or presentation would be greatly appreciated im going for bass and will be green to that fishery thanks in advance

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  • Vic

    Fishing points with Knights Little FIshies with sucess. Nothing large but lost of numbers.

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  • jesse

    what bout chicken liver to catch catfish
    Jesse

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  • blake

    Bass is wide open! Caught a 7.5, 6.11. 8.3 and a 5 pounder 5/1/14 spinner baits and watermelon seed worm!

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