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Lake Hartwell Sponsored by
Date 05-Feb-16
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Conditions : Lake Hartwell: •Catfish: Fair to good. This time of year blue catfish have moved up shallower and into the creeks this January, and when conditions permitted you can catch some pretty good numbers of 8-12 pound blues on cut herring. Drifting in 15-30 feet of water has been pretty effective, and if anglers could find a shore that was possible to pull up on they could probably do well anchoring baits at the same depth. The wind has been periodically strong so that anchoring a boat in open water has been tough. Cut herring, cut shad, or most any other fresh cut bait is working. Striped Bass: Slow to fair. Captain Bill Plumley reports that fishing has been pretty tough for striper, but some fish have been caught on jigging spoons. Anglers should first mark fish on the bottom, and then drop a spoon down – and expect plenty of white perch to be mixed in with the catch. In the afternoon when temperatures warm up marginally some fish have also been caught on free-lined live herring.

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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