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.
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SHUCK PEN EDDY - LAKE RICHARD RUSSELL
5/6/2013 4:16:36 AM -
4/17/2016 12:48:41 AM - Submerged Bridge
4/17/2016 1:13:35 AM - Fish Attractor
Boat Ramp #2
8/13/2020 2:29:58 PM -
Boat Ramp #2
Devils Fork Boat Ramp
8/13/2020 2:29:57 PM -
Devils Fork Boat Ramp
1/27/2017 12:25:42 PM -
Good ledges around this bowl that will hold fish.
4/17/2016 12:45:10 AM - Submerged Trees
1/27/2017 12:23:04 PM -
Good rocky point that holds fish.
18 Mile Creek Boat Ramp
5/3/2013 5:24:32 PM - 18 Mile Creek Boat Ramp
4/17/2016 1:10:41 AM -
Good hump with the channel close by.
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There is a 20.35% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 82 Largemouth Bass counted.
There is a 10.92% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 44 Common Carp counted.
There is a 10.42% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 42 Bluegill counted.
There is a 8.93% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 36 Redbreast Sunfish counted.
There is a 8.68% catch rate for White Bass, based on 35 White Bass counted.
There is a 7.94% catch rate for Gizzard Shad, based on 32 Gizzard Shad counted.
There is a 6.95% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 28 Black Crappie counted.
There is a 5.96% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 24 Channel Catfish counted.
There is a 4.47% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 18 Striped Bass counted.
There is a 4.47% catch rate for Yellow Perch, based on 18 Yellow Perch counted.
*** 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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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 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 - April 29 2021
4/29/2021 10:00:53 AM - Lake Hartwell saw a very up and down week of fishing this past week. Which can be very common for this time of year. The last week of...
Lake Hartwell Fishing Report - April 22 2021
4/22/2021 1:43:17 PM - Lake Hartwell has seen a very up and down week of fishing this past week. Due mostly in part to the weather fluctuations and fish...
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