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Date 19-Apr-14
Water Condition
Water Temperature  

Conditions : Lake Hartwell: •Crappie: Fair to good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that water temperatures warmed recently and fish scattered out and moved toward the banks, but then temperatures dropped a bit, fish backed off and the bite cooled as well. However, with warm temperatures returning look for the fish to move shallower again. Overall, a good pattern is to look for fish around deeper docks or brush in the 10-12 foot range, and in the afternoon when water temperatures warm up look for fish to move up around the shallow grass still around from the last drought – or in the very backs. Both minnows and jigs will work. Some fish have spawned but not all of them, and since temperatures fluctuate and the fish move day to day be flexible and willing to adjust if one pattern is not working.

•Striped and Hybrid Bass: Fair to good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that fish are scattered all over the place. He has caught fish up the Keowee and the Tugaloo, and he has also caught fish out on the main lake. Free lines will catch fish and some fish are being caught on down lines, but Captain Bill’s boat has been having the best results pulling up on the bank around points and throwing out live bait on the bottom in 6-20 feet of water. Lots of spotted bass are also being caught that way. A few birds remain but most of them are gone, and Captain Bill has not seen schooling activity yet.

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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