Lake Hartwell Fishing Report
Lake Hartwell is above full pool.
Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) reports that striper fishing continues to be strong, with most fishing being caught in the main river off points as well as in the main lake around underwater timber. The best depth range has been 30-50 feet deep over water up to 100 or more feet deep, and down lining has been the primary pattern. Some fish can be found in the pockets off the main lake but they have generally been smaller.
Catfish: Good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that the majority of blue catfish have moved out to deep water where they are difficult to target, but the channel catfish bite remains strong in 5-20 foot deep water across the lake. Worms, stink bait and cut herring are all working in the creeks, main lake, or pockets at the right depth range. Lake Hartwell also has some huge flatheads, and to target flathead catfish anchor live bait around brush or stick-ups in 3-20 feet of water during low light conditions or at night. The best spots are on relatively shallow flats or humps but are adjacent to deep water.
Black Bass: Fair to good. Guide Brad Fowler (864-934-5813) reports that typical for this time of year a lot of bass can be found suspended well out from main lake points in 40-60 feet of water. Flukes, Spooks, and swimbaits fished near the surface will all catch fish, and there has also been periodic topwater schooling activity during the day. There is also a stronger than usual shallow bite around the flooded brush that grew up when the lake was down because there is so much shallow cover. Head for submerged brush that is close to the main lake and deeper water, and also look around deeper docks. Early in the morning buzzbaits and propeller baits can be fished in shallow water, but once it gets hot that bite generally gets tough.
Crappie: Slow to fair. Captain Bill Plumley reports that crappie can be caught around brush in 15-25 feet of water on minnows and jigs. It’s also a good time to target bridges.
DHEC Fish Advisories: Due to PCB advisories visit http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/water/fish/Advisories/hartwell.htm before consuming any Lake Hartwell fish.