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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 42.86% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 9 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Lake Hartwell Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

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  3. Green Sunfish

  4. Green Sunfish

    There is a 9.52% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 2 Green Sunfish counted.

    Lake Hartwell Green Sunfish Counts Chart
    Green

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  5. Redbreast Sunfish

  6. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 9.52% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 2 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

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    Redbreast

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  7. Spotted Bass

  8. Spotted Bass

    There is a 9.52% catch rate for Spotted Bass, based on 2 Spotted Bass counted.

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  9. Black Crappie

  10. Black Crappie

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 1 Black Crappie counted.

    Lake Hartwell Black Crappie Counts Chart
    Black

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  11. Bluegill

  12. Bluegill

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 1 Bluegill counted.

    Lake Hartwell Bluegill Counts Chart
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  13. Guadalupe Bass

  14. Guadalupe Bass

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for Guadalupe Bass, based on 1 Guadalupe Bass counted.

    Lake Hartwell Guadalupe Bass Counts Chart
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  15. Hybrid Striped Bass

  16. Hybrid Striped Bass

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for Hybrid Striped Bass, based on 1 Hybrid Striped Bass counted.

    Lake Hartwell Hybrid Striped Bass Counts Chart
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  17. Striped Bass

  18. Striped Bass

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 1 Striped Bass counted.

    Lake Hartwell Striped Bass Counts Chart
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  19. White Crappie

  20. White Crappie

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for White Crappie, based on 1 White Crappie counted.

    Lake Hartwell White Crappie Counts Chart
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Recommendations above based on 10 species of fish and 21 fish counted for February around Lake Hartwell.

To date, there are 35 species of fish and a total of 5071 fish counted for Lake Hartwell and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1775 (248 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 5:42:03 AM

*** 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.

View full Lake Hartwell Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Lake Hartwell Fishing Reports

  • Lake Hartwell Fishing Report February 5th 2023
    2/5/2023 12:13:19 AM - Great afternoon on Lake Hartwell. Mr Kyle and his son John Luke got into the crappie. Boated 100 plus fish kept 50 to bring home to eat. Rodney Donald The post Lake Hartwell


  • Lake Hartwell Fishing Report February 4th 2023
    2/4/2023 12:29:33 AM - Today Lake Hartwell Crappie is fishing with Mr. Robby. We put a two-man limit in the boat and probably threw back around 50. Let’s get you out there for some limits. Rodney D


  • Lake Hartwell Fishing Report February 1st 2023
    2/1/2023 9:31:39 AM - Lot of action today on Lake Hartwell fishing with Sammy. We caught over a 100 fish today and kept 40. Give me a call to get you on some nice fish! Rodney Donald The post Lake


  • Lake Hartwell Fishing Report April 1st 2022
    4/1/2022 3:49:55 AM - Bass fishing is heating up on the lake. Chatter Baits and Jerk Baits are producing well. The Baits need to be pearl color to get the shad look. Start fishing banks sun hits f


  • Lake Hartwell Fishing Report - June 17 2021
    6/17/2021 9:48:05 AM - Lake Hartwell continued to fish really strongly this past week as the summer patterns being set up. The only noticeable change from last...


  • Lake Hartwell Fishing Report - June 17 2021
    6/17/2021 9:48:05 AM - Lake Hartwell continued to fish really strongly this past week as the summer patterns being set up. The only noticeable change from last...


  • Lake Hartwell Fishing Report - June 11 2021
    6/11/2021 9:58:48 AM - There’s no better time to be on Hartwell chasing striper and hybrids than June! June really marks the start of the summertime patterns...


  • Lake Hartwell Fishing Report - June 11 2021
    6/11/2021 9:58:48 AM - There’s no better time to be on Hartwell chasing striper and hybrids than June! June really marks the start of the summertime patterns...


  • Lake Hartwell Fishing Report - May 7 2021
    5/7/2021 9:25:39 AM - Here come the crowds! This past week was one of the busiest we’ve seen with several major bass tournaments and pleasure boaters starting...


  • Lake Hartwell Fishing Report - May 7 2021
    5/7/2021 9:25:39 AM - Here come the crowds! This past week was one of the busiest we’ve seen with several major bass tournaments and pleasure boaters starting...


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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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