Lake Hartwell Fishing Report September 2015

GON Staff | August 26, 2015

Hartwell: Level: 3.4 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid 80s. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Tournament angler Kerry Partain reports, “The bass fishing has been hit or miss depending on the weather, but it should be improving this month as the shad begin to migrate from the main lake back into the creeks. The majority of our bass are coming off a drop shot with a Zoom Finesse worm and on a Super Fluke on points and humps. We are still catching a few better-quality fish on a crankbait, but it’s not as reliable for numbers of fish. September will be a transition month, so remember to move around until you find the baitfish, and the bass will be close by.”

Linesides: Guide Preston Harden reports, “The striper and hybrid bite has been fast and furious this summer. Most days we catch them at will. Most fish average 3 to 6 pounds with a few big stripers mixed in. Look for stripers near the dam. A good graph and GPS map become paramount to catching fish in the lower lake in the summer. You have to be on top of them to catch them at 50 to 120 feet deep. Live bluebacks work great, but sometimes a good jig and swimbait worked through the school will out-fish live herring.”

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