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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

Bassmaster College Series Resumes 2020 Season On Lake Hartwell

The country’s best college anglers will resume their quest for a national championship title and Bassmaster Classic berth on Lake Hartwell when the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops competes Aug. 27-29. According to Bassmaster Elite Series angler Jason Williamson, of Wagener, S.C., Lake Hartwell will produce plenty of action for the…

Corps Begins Phased Reopen

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a “phased reopening” of some campgrounds and additional boat ramps at reservoirs along the Savannah River the third week of May. “The gradual reopening will vary based on the ability to ensure visitors and Corps of Engineers staff remain safe and can continue to reduce the spread of…

Corps Project Turns Christmas Trees Into Fish Habitat

Evergreen trees aren’t typically considered aquatic vegetation, but if they’re used as Christmas trees in the Savannah River Basin, chances are they’ll continue “bearing fruit” under water. Rather than have old Christmas trees go to the landfill, rangers with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs at Hartwell and J. Strom Thurmond (Clarks Hill)…

Hartwell Set To Host BASS Nation Championship

Lake Hartwell will host its fourth B.A.S.S. championship event in the last four years with the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship scheduled for Nov. 6-8, 2019. The 56,000-acre lake situated along the South Carolina/Georgia border was the site of the 2015 and 2018 Bassmaster Classics and the 2017 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. “It is a great…

Meeting To Discuss Hartwell Stripers

Representatives of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will hold a meeting at the Anderson Civic Center to give an overview and status update to anglers on cooperative striped bass fishery management programs undertaken by the three agencies. Interested members…

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