Lake Hartwell Fishing Report Reviewed by Momizat on . 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, particularl 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, particularl Rating: 0
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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.

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Comments (11)

  • 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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  • billy

    where on lake hartwell is best to do striper fishing on the bank around this time fall? bait?

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