Lake Hartwell Fishing Reports – August 2020

GON Staff | July 31, 2020

Hartwell: Level: Full pool. Temp: 86 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Linesides & Bass: Guide Preston Harden reports, “Hybrids and stripers have migrated to colder, oxygenated water from mid to lower lake. Good electronics are important to locate the schools of fish in the deep water. It is mostly hunting until you get on top of the school. A lively herring is hard to beat. Big spoons and swimbaits on a 1-oz. jig head also catch them. Bass also move to deeper water. Look for bass around brushpiles put out by other fishermen. You can make your own and have fish around it within days. Good places to look are around long points and humps. Look from 15 to 30 feet deep. The spots rule the lower lake. As the water gets hotter, the spots school up like the hybrids and stripers. They are very aggressive and are easy to catch. The afternoons can be better than mornings as the dam releases are usually in the afternoons. When water is generated, it gets the fish more active.”

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