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Lake Hartwell Sponsored by
Date 01-Aug-16
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Conditions : Lake Hartwell: Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good. Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) report that striper have generally moved into the lower lake, and they can be caught from about 35 feet all the way down to 100 or more. Down-lining live herring is the predominant pattern. Hybrids can be caught at night over humps.

Catfish: Good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that channel catfish are scattered out in the middle depths where they will eat dip baits, cut bait, worms and more. Flathead catfish can be caught at night on live bait while blues are in deeper timber.

Bass: Slow to fair. Guide Brad Fowler reports that the shallow pattern has pretty much disappeared, and even though the fishing has gotten slower some bass can be caught on drop shots rigs as well as topwater lures around deeper points. There is also sporadic school activity right through the day.

Crappie: Slow. Captain Bill Plumley reports that during the day crappie can be caught around mid-depth to deep brush, and at night they can be caught around lighted bridges.

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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