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Lake Hartwell (GA/SC) Summer Fishing Report – Updated July 25

  • by Jay

Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good.  Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) report that striper have generally moved into the lower lake, and they can be caught from about 35 feet all the way down to 100 or more.  Down-lining live herring is the predominant pattern.  Hybrids can be caught at night over humps.

Catfish: Good. Captain Bill Plumley reports that channel catfish are scattered out in the middle depths where they will eat dip baits, cut bait, worms and more.  Flathead catfish can be caught at night on live bait while blues are in deeper timber.

Bass: Slow to fair.  Guide Brad Fowler reports that the shallow pattern has pretty much disappeared, and even though the fishing has gotten slower some bass can be caught on drop shots rigs as well as topwater lures around deeper points.  There is also sporadic school activity right through the day.

Crappie: Slow. Captain Bill Plumley reports that during the day crappie can be caught around mid-depth to deep brush, and at night they can be caught around lighted bridges.

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A striper and a hybrid caught with Guide Chip Hamilton
A striper and a hybrid caught with Guide Chip Hamilton

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