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Lake Hartwell Sponsored by
Date 28-Nov-14
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Conditions : Lake Hartwell: •Catfish: Good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that channel catfish are still biting well all over the lake, particularly in the 5-20 foot range. Cut bait (herring or other fish) and nightcrawlers are working best, although a few fish are still being caught on dip baits even as the water cools. The blue catfish bite continues to accelerate. The best blue catfish action has been in the creeks in 25-30 feet of water, with both anchoring and Santee-style drifting working. Cut herring, gizzard shad and white perch have all been productive. Flatheads can still be caught on live bream. Striped and Hybrid

•Bass: Fair. Captain Bill Plumley reports that striper fishing has been a bit slow as the lake has pretty recently turned over in places. Typically when the main lake water quality declines bait and fish move into the creeks where water movement can mean that the water quality is better. In the creeks down-lining and free-lining have both been working at times. There has also been some schooling activity from the mid-lake to the dam, although these are mostly smaller fish. Cast topwater plugs to catch them.

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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