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Date 03-Aug-18
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Water Temperature  

Conditions : Lake Hartwell: Lake Hartwell water levels are above full at 660.55 (full pool is 660.00). Water temperatures are about 84 degrees, and clarity is pretty good considering all the recent rains.

With August water temperatures striper and hybrid bass are moving deeper, and although Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) is still catching fish off the ends of deep points in 35-55 feet of water near the bottom, he is also finding more fish in the main channel.

That’s where Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) is doing all of his fishing, and he is catching fish at the bottom end of the Seneca, the Tugaloo, and around the dam. He is fishing in 60-90 feet of water, and some days the fish want to be on the bottom on humps at that depth – while other days they will suspend out in the channel in 120-160 feet. This is the best pattern he has found for five plus pound fish.

There is also a very early bite for 2-5 pound hybrids, and well before daylight they can be caught in the same parts of the lake off points and humps about 40 feet deep.

The catfish bite is really good for channels, and Captain Bill is catching some unusually large ones this year. They are all over the place in 15-40 feet, and while he is wearing them out on herring plenty of baits will work.

Anglers who want to target flatheads should fish off main lake points and around islands and shoals in 15-35 feet at night with live bait on the bottom.

Crappie fishing has been slow, but a few fish are being caught in the mouths of creeks with natural timber 20-30 feet down.

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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