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Lake Hartwell Fishing Report

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.

June 25

Lake Hartwell water levels are back up to 661.04 (full pool is 660.00), and morning surface temperatures are about 82 degrees. Clarity is very good. 

The hybrid and striped bass fishing has gotten a little more consistent on Lake Hartwell, but Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

June 10

Lake Hartwell water levels dropped down to normal full pool but have risen back to 660.51(full pool is 660.00), while morning surface water temperatures are around 83 degrees. The lake is mostly clear but slightly dingy in places due to heavy boat traffic. 

The hybrid and striped bass fishing is still a tad inconsistent on Lake Hartwell, and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

June 2

Lake Hartwell water levels are way down to 660.66 but still above full (full pool is 660.00) and water temperatures in the mid to upper-70s. The backs of creeks are clearing again. 

The hybrid and striped bass fishing is still tricky on Lake Hartwell, and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

Looking for More?

Read more fishing reports from Lake Hartwell and other popular places at the AHQ Report!