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AHQ Report - Lake Hartwell

January 20

Lake Hartwell water levels are at 658.28 (full pool is 660.00) and the lake is still relatively clear even after recent snow and ice. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to about 50 degrees. 

We have gotten into that time of year where the striped bass fishing really slows down on Lake Hartwell, and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

January 6

Lake Hartwell water levels are back up to 657.86 (full pool is 660.00) and the main lake is still clear even as some of the creeks have gotten muddy. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to about 57 degrees. 

The bass fishing has been pretty good on Lake Hartwell, and Guide Brad Fowler reports

December 22

Lake Hartwell water levels are at 656.52 (full pool is 660.00) and the lake is still clear. Morning surface water temperatures are still about 59 degrees.

With water temperatures surprisingly stable there’s not much change with the striped bass this week, and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

December 15

Lake Hartwell water levels are all the way down to 656.50 (full pool is 660.00) and the lake is very clear. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to about 60 degrees.

As the birds have arrived there are more clues for finding striped bass, but Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

December 2

Lake Hartwell water levels are all the way down to 657.44 (full pool is 660.00) and the lake is very clear. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to about 61-63 degrees.

While water temperatures are still in a range where there should be plenty of bass eating up shallow, Guide Brad Fowler reports

November 19

Lake Hartwell water levels are down to 658.95 (full pool is 660.00) and the lake is clear. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to about 65 degrees.

It continues to be an excellent time to catch spotted bass around brush on Clarks Hill, but Guide Brad Fowler reports

November 11

Lake Hartwell water levels are finally below full pool at 659.79 (full pool is 660.00) and the lower lake is in the process of turning over. Morning surface water temperatures are down to about 66-67 degrees.

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November 4

Lake Hartwell water levels are still high but down to 660.17 (full pool is 660.00) and with what appears to be an early turnover the lake is a little stained in places. Morning surface water temperatures are still about 70 degrees.

In the last few days the schooling action for striped bass has significantly slowed down on Lake Hartwell, and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

October 21

Lake Hartwell water levels are still high but slightly down to 661.39 (full pool is 660.00) and the main lake is clear while the rivers are dirty to muddy. Morning surface water temperatures range from the low 70s to about 75 degrees depending on area. 

While there’s no doubt you can catch a lot of spotted bass around brush piles, Guide Brad Fowler reports

October 20

Lake Hartwell water levels are way above full pool at 661.71 (full pool is 660.00) and the main lake is clear while the rivers are dirty to muddy. Morning surface water temperatures range from the low 70s to about 76 degrees depending on area. 

It’s been a while since we had a crappie report on Lake Hartwell, but courtesy of veteran tournament angler Will Hinson of Cassatt

October 7

Lake Hartwell water levels are up about a foot to 659.79 (full pool is 660.00) after several inches of rain with more coming, and the very backs of some creeks are getting dirty although the main lake is unlikely to be affected. Morning surface water temperatures are still about 78 degrees.

It’s been a delayed year but Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

September 30

Lake Hartwell water levels are down to 659.01 (full pool is 660.00) and the water is clear. Morning surface water temperatures are down to about 79 degrees.

With water temperatures having only dropped a few more degrees Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

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