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Lake Hartwell Sponsored by
Date 10-Sep-16
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Conditions : Lake Hartwell: Striped and Hybrid Bass: Slow to fair. Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) report that striper fishing is a little off but should pick up soon. Fish can be found along the river channel, and while live herring will catch some fish trolling lead core line, jigging spoons and power reeling techniques have been more effective at times.

Catfish: Slow to fair. Captain Bill Plumley reports that channel catfish are scattered out in fairly deep water and particularly at night they will eat dip baits, cut bait, worms and more.

Bass: Slow to fair. Guide Brad Fowler reports that small fish can be caught with topwater lures as well as drop shot rigs, but the decent-sized fish are hard to target right now. Some early schooling activity is just getting underway.

Crappie: Slow. Captain Bill Plumley reports that crappie fishing is slow but the best bet is fishing around deep brush or at night around lighted bridges.

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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