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Date 14-Nov-14
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Conditions : Lake Hartwell: •Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that striper fishing has been pretty good, particularly on the lower end of the lake where some big fish have been caught recently. The best fish are being caught in very deep water, often in the 45-55 foot range in 100-150 feet of water. In addition to down-lining these fish are being caught "power-reeling" in which anglers drop a lure through the fish and then rip it up towards the surface through the school. Additionally, schooling activity is starting on the lower end of the lake around the dam and above.

•Catfish: Good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that channel catfish are still biting well all over the lake, particularly in the 15-40 foot range. Cut bait (herring or other fish), dip bait, nightcrawlers, as well as other choices will all catch fish. The blue catfish bite has also started to pick up and some really nice fish have been caught Santee-style drifting. Pulling fresh cut herring or perch on the bottom in 15-40 feet of water has been working, and some nice blues have also been picked up on live herring (often as a by-catch). Flatheads can be caught early and late, but the best action often comes night fishing around stick-ups and brush fairly shallow in 5-10 feet of water. Brush on top of humps is particularly strong and live bream and white perch are the best baits.

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

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Lake Hartwell Elevation



664.5' - Near Flood Stage
665' - Minor Flooding

670' - Moderate Flooding

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