Lake Hartwell Fishing Report
Lake Hartwell is at 654.5.
Catfish: Good. Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that channel catfish are still biting well all over the lake, particularly in the 5-20 foot range. Cut bait (herring or other fish) and nightcrawlers are working best, although a few fish are still being caught on dip baits even as the water cools. The blue catfish bite continues to accelerate and recently Bill caught 7 blues weighing 198 pounds on a trip. The best blue catfish action has been in the creeks in 25-30 feet of water, with both anchoring and Santee-style drifting working. Cut herring, gizzard shad and white perch have all been productive. Flatheads can still be caught on live bream.
Striped and Hybrid Bass: Fair. Captain Bill Plumley reports that striper fishing has been a bit slow as the lake has pretty recently turned over in places. Typically when the main lake water quality declines bait and fish move into the creeks where water movement can mean that the water quality is better. In the creeks down-lining and free-lining have both been working at times. There has also been some schooling activity from the mid-lake to the dam, although these are mostly smaller fish. Cast topwater plugs to catch them.
Crappie: Fair. Captain Bill Plumley reports that fishing has been off and on, but if anglers can locate crappie they can generally catch them. The best action has come in 20-25 feet of water around the top of brush in 30 feet of water, as well as around bridges at night.
Black bass: No new report.
DHEC Fish Advisories: Due to PCB advisories visit http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/water/fish/Advisories/hartwell.htm before consuming any Lake Hartwell fish.