Lake Hartwell Fishing

Lake Hartwell Fishing

Lake Hartwell is a 56,000-acre freshwater lake, with 962 miles of shoreline, on the border between Georgia and South Carolina. The Hartwell Dam was constructed in 1962, creating this reservoir and making it one of the largest recreation lakes in the southeastern region of the US. Lake Hartwell is named after Nancy Hart, a woman who turned the tables on British troops that invaded her property during the American Revolutionary War. Because of frequent flooding in the area before construction of the lake, the abandoned town of Andersonville is now underwater. Many of these ruins, as well as lots of fish attractors were set up in the lake, providing good fishing year-round.

Lake Hartwell fishing offers opportunities to catch over 40 different types of fish. The most commonly caught species are Bream, Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. Other types of fish you could catch while fishing Lake Hartwell include Carp, Gar, Shiners, Trout and Warmouth. One of the largest fish caught at the lake was a 66-pound Flathead Catfish in 2010. Striped Bass is a popular species to target at Lake Hartwell and has delivered some amazing catches, such as the record 59-pound, eight-ounce beast in 2002. If you visit Lake Hartwell in winter, the best fish to target are Brown Trout, Catfish, Crappie, Hybrid Bass and Striped Bass.



Top Lake Hartwell Fishing Spots

  1. SHUCK PEN EDDY - LAKE RICHARD RUSSELL
    5/6/2013 4:16:36 AM -


  2. Submerged Bridge
    4/17/2016 12:48:41 AM - Submerged Bridge


  3. Fish Attractor
    4/17/2016 1:13:35 AM - Fish Attractor


  4. Boat Ramp #2
    8/13/2020 2:29:58 PM - Boat Ramp #2


  5. Devils Fork Boat Ramp
    8/13/2020 2:29:57 PM - Devils Fork Boat Ramp


  6. Bobbys Hole
    1/27/2017 12:25:42 PM - Good ledges around this bowl that will hold fish.


  7. Submerged Trees
    4/17/2016 12:45:10 AM - Submerged Trees


  8. Overlook Point
    1/27/2017 12:23:04 PM - Good rocky point that holds fish.


  9. 18 Mile Creek Boat Ramp
    5/3/2013 5:24:32 PM - 18 Mile Creek Boat Ramp


  10. Sentua Hump
    4/17/2016 1:10:41 AM - Good hump with the channel close by.



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Lake Hartwell Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Lake Hartwell, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Largemouth Bass

  2. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 20.35% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 82 Largemouth Bass counted.


  3. Common Carp

  4. Common Carp

    There is a 10.92% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 44 Common Carp counted.


  5. Bluegill

  6. Bluegill

    There is a 10.42% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 42 Bluegill counted.


  7. Redbreast Sunfish

  8. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 8.93% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 36 Redbreast Sunfish counted.


  9. White Bass

  10. White Bass

    There is a 8.68% catch rate for White Bass, based on 35 White Bass counted.


  11. Gizzard Shad

  12. Gizzard Shad

    There is a 7.94% catch rate for Gizzard Shad, based on 32 Gizzard Shad counted.


  13. Black Crappie

  14. Black Crappie

    There is a 6.95% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 28 Black Crappie counted.


  15. Channel Catfish

  16. Channel Catfish

    There is a 5.96% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 24 Channel Catfish counted.


  17. Striped Bass

  18. Striped Bass

    There is a 4.47% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 18 Striped Bass counted.


  19. Yellow Perch

  20. Yellow Perch

    There is a 4.47% catch rate for Yellow Perch, based on 18 Yellow Perch counted.


Recommedations above based on 20 species of fish and 403 fish counted for September around Lake Hartwell.

To date, there are 34 species of fish and a total of 3975 fish counted for Lake Hartwell and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1775 (247 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 6:59:18 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Lake Hartwell Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Grady's Great Outdoors
    Grady’s Great Outdoors has been outfitting the upstate since 1961. Our mission is to provide outdoor enthusiasts with quality products and superior customer service in a family friendly atmosphere while inspiring others to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Top Lake Hartwell Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Shad Slinger Fishing Charters
    Over 20 years of experience - servicing Upstate SC with a one of a kind fishing guide service for Striped Bass and Hybrids.

  2. Lake Hartwell Fishing Guides
    Welcome to Lake Hartwell Fishing Guides. Lake Hartwell Fishing is one of the best Carolina Georgia fishing destinations for largemouth bass, Spotted, crappie, Striper, bream, and many more.

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Top Lake Hartwell Marinas

  1. Hartwell Marina
    Hartwell Marina is a full service boat yard. We offer boat cleaning and detail service, hull repair and painting, dive service and boat recovery. Hartwell Marina offers dry stack storage and secure slips from 20' to 70'. Dedicated shore power

  2. Lake Keowee Marina
    The Upstate's Finest Full Service Marina. Conveniently located on beautiful Lake Keowee, in Seneca, South Carolina. Nestled in a beautiful blue water cove, Lake Keowee Marina does the work and you have the fun. Gas Pumps close 30 min prior to clo

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