Lake Hartwell Fishing Report Reviewed by Momizat on . Lake Hartwell is at 656.5. Catfish: Good.  Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that channel catfish are still biting well, particularly on dip bait, alt Lake Hartwell is at 656.5. Catfish: Good.  Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that channel catfish are still biting well, particularly on dip bait, alt Rating: 0
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Lake Hartwell Fishing Report

Lake Hartwell is at 656.5.

Catfish: Good.  Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that channel catfish are still biting well, particularly on dip bait, although cut herring and nightcrawlers will also catch fish. Fish are spread out all over the lake in the 5-35 foot range. Flathead fishing remains strong and Captain Bill continues to pick up flatheads while striper fishing with herring. Flatheads can be caught early and late, but the best action often comes 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 white 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.

Striped and Hybrid Bass: Fair to good.  Captain Bill Plumley reports that striper fishing was very good until about a week ago, but since then it has slowed somewhat. The best fishing is out in the mouths of creeks along the old river run, and fish are generally suspended 35-50 feet deep where they will take down-lined herring.   The fish kill last year seems to have killed a lot of the bigger fish, and the smaller striper seem not to want to get as deep as the schools sometimes do in the late summer. Very little schooling activity has been seen.

Black bass: Fair.  Guide Brad Fowler (864-934-5813) reports that fishing is a few weeks away from getting good, but for now some bass can still be caught and there is already marginal improvement. As temperatures are starting to drop the bite is beginning to get a bit better and more schooling activity has been seen. For now Brady’s major pattern has been fishing up the Tugaloo River with flukes, Spooks, swimbaits and other topwater lures – fish are inconsistent about what they want to eat and so anglers need to be prepared to give them different options. While it may be easy to mark deeper fish on a graph they have been difficult to catch on rigs like a drop shot, and the shallow fish have also been a little unpredictable. On some days fish can be seen up shallow cruising but with water levels dropping they have been inconsistently present and eating.

Crappie: Slow to fair.  Captain Bill Plumley reports that crappie are being caught at night around bridges 17-25 feet deep in 25-30 feet of water. Fish are also being found in 17-30 feet of water suspended over timber, although the timber may be as deep as 75 feet or more. Daytime fish are being caught on jigs but especially minnows, with night fish almost exclusively caught on minnows.

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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  • 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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  • Daniel M

    Fished today (8/22/14) around 7-9:30am around the Coneross/Friendship Landings..Found several pockets with some timber as well as brush..Managed to put 11 largemouth bass in my Ranger z19..Fished shallow on shady sides only..Fished with custom poured pumpkin with chartreuse tail, (similar to Zoom)..the fishing became very very slow to a complete stop as soon as the temp raised and sun became high..Good luck guys!

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