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Lake Hartwell Sponsored by
Date 11-Aug-14
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Conditions : Lake Hartwell: •Catfish: Very good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that channel catfish are biting very well on dip bait, although cut herring and night crawlers will also catch fish. Fish are spread out all over the lake and they can be found in 10-20 feet of water right now. It doesn’t matter if anglers are fishing points, pockets, etc. – just stay in the right depth range. Blue catfish are mostly out in deeper water where they will spend the summer in the timber – and are very difficult to catch. However, some flathead catfish are being picked up at night, and fish can be caught at night around stick-ups and brush fairly shallow in 5-10 feet of water. Brush on top of humps is particularly strong. Live bream and perch are the best baits. •Striped and Hybrid Bass: Fair to good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that striped bass are in an unusual patter for this late in the summer, and instead of being grouped up in deep water in the lower lake they are a lot more scattered out than usual. Fish can still be found up the Seneca and Tugaloo Rivers, with the greatest numbers of fishing seeming to be mid-lake and in the rivers. Fishing down lines in 30-40 feet of water has been the most productive pattern, with fish being found both off points and in the channels. In the lower lake lots of small striper can be caught on down-lines fished about 20 feet deep in 40-50 feet of water.

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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