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Lake Hartwell Fishing Report

Please see below for the most recent reports.

About Lake Hartwell

Located on the Georgia/ South Carolina border less than ten miles to the west of Anderson, South Carolina, the Hartwell Dam and Reservoir were constructed between 1955 and 1963.  The top lake of the three “Savannah River chain” lakes, the lake is created by the Hartwell Dam located on the Savannah River seven miles below the point where the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join to form the Savannah.  One of the Southeast’s largest and most popular lakes, Lake Hartwell covers approximately 56,000 acres at full pool, has around 962 miles of shoreline, and extends 49 miles up the Tugaloo River and 45 miles up the Seneca River.

A very popular fishing lake with abundant underwater timber, Clarks Hill is known for its largemouth bass fishery, a large population of stocked striped and hybrid bass, big flathead and blue catfish, prolific crappie, bream, and more.  The most significant forage species are blueback herring and threadfin and gizzard shad.

September 22

Lake Hartwell water levels have risen to 660.82 (full pool is 660.00) while water temperatures have dropped substantially to about 76 degrees. The water is still very clear. 

It’s a zoo on Lake Hartwell right now, and Guide Brad Fowler (himself a competitor) reports

September 14

Lake Hartwell water levels have risen to 660.41 (full pool is 660.00) and water temperatures remain in the lower 80s. The water is still very clear. 

Even though fishing is still a little tough there are some seasonal changes starting to take place with the bass on Lake Hartwell, and Guide Brad Fowler reports

September 11

Lake Hartwell water levels are barely above full pool at 660.16 (full pool is 660.00) and water temperatures have cooled a few more degrees to 82-84. The water remains very clear. 

Fishing for hybrid and striped bass remains off on Lake Hartwell, and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

August 26

Lake Hartwell water levels are slightly down from a couple of days ago to 660.87 (full pool is 660.00) and water temperatures have cooled several degrees to the mid-80s. While there has been lots of rain the water is still very clear. 

A good rule of thumb is to never trust a fishing guide who always reports an outstanding bite, while a guide who admits when the fishing gets tough is probably believable. With that in mind this week’s report offers compelling evidence that Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) is

July 29

Lake Hartwell water levels are down to 660.22 (full pool is 660.00), and the water is very clear with little recent rain – although high boat traffic has stirred it up in some sections.  Water temperature are 87-89 degrees at daylight. 

There’s no doubt bass fishing is tough on Lake Hartwell, and tournament angler Joe Anders of Easley reports

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