Lake Hartwell

Lake Hartwell is a 56,000-acre Corps of Engineers reservoir bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca rivers. Lake Hartwell is one of the southeast's largest and most popular recreation lakes, and it offers good fishing, particularly for bass and stripers. Three recent Bassmaster Classic tournaments have been held at Hartwell. The lake is created by Hartwell Dam located on the Savannah River 7 miles below the point where the Tugaloo and Seneca rivers join to form the Savannah. Interstate 85 crosses Lake Hartwell at the Georgia-South Carolina line.

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Lake Hartwell Fishing Report – December 2022

By GON Staff | November 28, 2022

Hartwell: Level: 5.7 feet below 660. Temp: 55-60 degrees. Clarity: 2 to 6 feet. Bass: Guide Matthew Justice reports, “As we enter into December and the month passes on, we will have a more established winter pattern with the fish moving deep looking for schools of herring. Look for baitfish in 20 to 40 feet of water around ambush areas (drop-offs, points and creek channels). Once you’ve located a productive area, fishing football jigs and underspins is sure to get the school fired up. A shallow crankbait bite is still going strong, as well. Look for dirty water and fish rocks and brush in 5 to 10 feet of water.”   Lake Hartwell Page: Archived Articles, News & Fishing Reports

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Lake Hartwell Fishing Articles

Hartwell Striper Breaks Records

If the news that giant stripers are being hoisted from the Savannah River reserviors above Augusta sounds like a broken record  — it is. For the second time in 11 months, South Carolina fisheries officials are evaluating a new South Carolina state-record striped bass: a 59-lb., 8-oz. monster caught in Lake Hartwell Feb. 3 by Georgia…

Hartwell Bass Blowing Up Topwater In May

By the first of May, most of the big Hartwell bass have finished spawning and are waiting on the main-lake points for the blueback herring, which are just moving in to the gravel bars and sandy points for their spawn. May is one of the best times to catch a bunch of grown Hartwell bass, and…

Hartwell Linesides Quick Action In Spring

Lineside fishing guide Greg Beck snatched the rod from the rod holder and reared back to set the hook, but the fish was already gone. Before he could replace the rod, another planer board shuddered on the surface, then surged backwards, signaling a hit on the trailing blueback herring. Greg hurriedly set down the first…

Lake Hartwell Record Black Crappie

Rebecca Crittendon, of Hartwell, Ga., holds her 2-lb., 14-oz. black crappie that set the lake-record mark at Lake Hartwell. Black crappie are not as prevalent as white crappie at Hartwell. The lake-record white crappie from Hartwell was a giant that weighed 4-lbs., 4-ozs., caught by Charles McCullough in 1968. Black crappie typically will be speckled…

Lake Hartwell Record Fish

Largemouth Bass12-lbs., 6.5-ozs.Jack Breshears03/08/76
Spotted Bass5-lbs., 6.08-ozs.Raulie Bleech03/18/07
Redeye Bass3-lbs., 7-ozs.Steve Williams04/17/04
Striped Bass59-lbs., 8-ozs.Terry McConnell02/03/02
Hybrid Bass20-lbs., 1-oz.Buster Green-----
White Bass4-lbs., 5-ozs.H.T. Davis02/06/67
White Crappie4-lb., 4-ozs.Charles McCullough04/27/68
Black Crappie3-lbs., 1.76-ozs.Jimmy Burns03/02/22
Walleye9-lbs.T.O. Sherriff1974
Blue Catfish30-lbs., 8-ozs.Melvin Wall06/26/03
Flathead Catfish66-lbs.Darrin Sealey04/04/10
Shellcracker1-lb., 3.52-ozs.Meka Ashe05/02/22