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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.

November 24

Lake Hartwell water levels are down to 657.75 (full pool is 660.00) and water temperatures are down to about 64. The lake is clear. 

For the first time in almost a year water levels are down more than two feet below full pool, and perhaps not coincidentally Guide Brad Fowler reports

November 12

Lake Hartwell water levels are just below full pool at 659.73 (full pool is 660.00) and water temperatures are around 68-70 degrees. The lake remains pretty clear. 

The Lake Hartwell bass continue to be pounded by tournament pressure this fall, and fresh off a week on the lake practicing and then a 16th place finish in the 141-boat ABA Ray Scott Championship Guide Brad Fowler can report

October 23

Lake Hartwell water levels have dropped to a “mere” 661.13 (full pool is 660.00) and water temperatures are down to the low 70s. The lake remains pretty clear. 

There is some better news with the hybrid and striped bass fishing on Lake Hartwell, and Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) reports

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