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Lake Hartwell Sponsored by
Date 15-Jan-20
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Conditions : Lake Hartwell: Bass: Guide Brad Fowler reports that in January the best bet is to target deep water with drop shot rigs, blade runners or football jigs. Underspins can also work well. Fish will be mixed between the main lake and deeper creek channels.

Striper and hybrids: Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports that in January the bite should remain good as long as water temperatures stay above 50 degrees, but if water temperatures drop to about 50 or below the fish will get more sluggish. Overall down-lines in the creeks should remain the best way to catch fish, but on warm afternoons anglers should be able to catch some on free-lines.

Crappie: Captain Bill Plumley reports that in January fish should continue to be caught around deep docks in both the creeks and on the main lake.

Catfish: Captain Bill Plumley reports that in January blue catfish should come out of the deep timber, and they should begin to be catchable in the creek channels. A variety of cut baits will work.

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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