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Date 10-Oct-19
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Conditions : Lake Hartwell: Bass: Guide Brad Fowler reports that a strong fall feed should get really good when water temperatures drop into the mid-70s, with widespread schooling activity across the lake. In October fish should also be more willing to eat a variety of topwater baits as they begin to eat blueback herring again and not just tiny bait.

Striper and hybrids: Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports that October can be one of the best months of the year, and with a good population of 8- to 10-pound fish and striper already relatively shallow they expect an excellent month for topwater schooling. Fish will get into the creek runs and there will be more places where you can fish.

Crappie: Captain Bill Plumley reports that in October fish will move shallower along the edge of the channel and suspend around brush where they can be caught in the middle of the water column on jigs and minnows.

Catfish: Captain Bill Plumley reports that the quality of the October catfish bite depends on the weather, but if it cools then bigger fish will come shallower out of the timber where they can be caught with cut bait in the creek runs. If water temperatures stay high then smaller channels as well as flatheads will be the main catch.

Reported by: SCDNR

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About: - Lake Hartwell boasts nearly 56,000 acres of water, 962 miles of shoreline, and  has 80 public access areas available. Hartwell Stretches 50 miles from the foothills of the Appalachian mountains to the piedmont and the head of the Savannah river.

Corps Park Rangers are on duty at Thurmond Lake throughout the year and can answer any additional questions you may have. The Thurmond Lake Project Manager's Office and Visitor Center is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

The office can be reached at 864-333-1147 or toll free at   1-800-533-3478.

Ramps Openings & Closings
  • Crappie
  • Striped Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Catfish

Misc Info: -

Lake Hartwell Elevation



664.5' - Near Flood Stage
665' - Minor Flooding

670' - Moderate Flooding

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