Lake Hartwell Fishing Report Reviewed by Momizat on . Lake Hartwell is at 659. Catfish: Very good.  Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that channel catfish are biting very well on dip bait, although cut he Lake Hartwell is at 659. Catfish: Very good.  Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that channel catfish are biting very well on dip bait, although cut he Rating: 0
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Lake Hartwell is at 659.

Catfish: Very good.  Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that channel catfish are biting very well on dip bait, although cut herring and night crawlers will also catch fish.  Fish are spread out all over the lake and they can be found in 10-20 feet of water right now.  It doesn’t matter if anglers are fishing points, pockets, etc. – just stay in the right depth range.  Blue catfish are mostly out in deeper water where they will spend the summer in the timber – and are very difficult to catch.  However, some flathead catfish are being picked up at night, and fish can be caught at night around stick-ups and brush fairly shallow in 5-10 feet of water.  Brush on top of humps is particularly strong.  Live bream and perch are the best baits.

Striped and Hybrid Bass: Fair to good.  Captain Bill Plumley reports that striped bass are in an unusual patter for this late in the summer, and instead of being grouped up in deep water in the lower lake they are a lot more scattered out than usual.  Fish can still be found up the Seneca and Tugaloo Rivers, with the greatest numbers of fishing seeming to be mid-lake and in the rivers.  Fishing down lines in 30-40 feet of water has been the most productive pattern, with fish being found both off points and in the channels.  In the lower lake lots of small striper can be caught on down-lines fished about 20 feet deep in 40-50 feet of water.

Black bass: Fair.  Guide Brad Fowler (864-934-5813) reports that the pattern remains pretty similar, with fish mixed between shallow and deep water.  A significant number of fish are up shallow, either because they are keying on bream beds or just cruising around the old growth from when the lake levels were down.  Buzzbaits, frogs and soft plastics will all work.  A significant number of fish are also 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, but fishing topwater lures such Spooks, Sammies, swimbaits and flukes can also call them up.   Topwater action has been spotty to this point.

Crappie: Slow.  Captain Bill Plumley reports that crappie fishing remains pretty tough, but fish can be caught around bridges and deep brush at night in about 20-25 feet of water. Minnows are producing best but slabtail jigs will also catch fish.   Captain Bill did catch some crappie on herring in 40 feet of water last week!

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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