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Fishing Reports

Navy Takes Hartwell Win At ABA Military Team Bass Tournament

The team of Shaun Flanagan and Curt Poggenpohl put in three good days to win the 32nd annual Military Team Bass Tournament, presented by American Bass Anglers and Caymas Boats, held May 3-5 on Lake Hartwell. Launching at Green Pond Landing in Anderson, S.C., Flanagan and Poggenpohl landed three consecutive daily tournament limits of five…

Lake Hartwell Fishing Report – June 2023

Hartwell: Level: 1 foot over 660. Temp: 72-78 degrees. Clarity: Clear except for the backs of creeks. Bass: Tournament angler Kerry Partain reports, “The bass fishing has been good if the weather cooperates, and now that it has warmed up, hopefully the fishing will continue to improve. We have been catching bass on several different…

Lake Hartwell Fishing Reports – May 2023

Hartwell: Level: 0.9 feet above 660. Temp: Mid 60s to low 70s. Clarity: Most of the lake clear with some stain in the creeks Bass: Guide Matt Justice reports, “Fishing has been very good and will continue to be hot for the next month or so. The herring are spawning on points and humps, so…

Hartwell Bass On The May Herring Spawn

Blueback herring are spawning at Hartwell in May, and that means all month long bass are feeding on main-lake and creek humps and points, gorging themselves on their favorite prey. You can catch bass on a variety of lures, and according to tournament angler Justin Kimmel, you can also keep it simple with just three…

Hartwell Chain Pickerel Record Set By 4-Year-Old

It is said most people will have 15 minutes of fame at some point in their lives. For 4-year old Scott James (Jay) Franklin III, the afternoon of March 16, 2023 led directly to the fulfillment of that adage. More importantly, history will remember Jay’s name fondly.  Fishing with his father Jake in a cove…

Herring Spawn Spots Produce Hartwell Win In Kayak Series

As a resident of Upstate South Carolina, Lowell Brannan has spent many days on Lake Hartwell. But the two days he spent fishing the Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX might have been his best two yet. With a two-day total of 183.5 inches—92 inches on Day 1 and 91.5 on Day 2—Brannan…

Lake Hartwell Fishing Report – April 2023

Hartwell: Level: Full at 660. Temp: 60-68 degrees. Clarity: 1 to 4 feet. Bass: Guide Matthew Justice reports, “The fishing is really starting to pick up as large waves of fish push to the bank. Some fish are held up on staging areas: Docks, secondary points and rocks. Fish will be on the bed all…

Georgia B.A.S.S. Nation Winners Find Hartwell Bass Deep

The Georgia B.A.S.S.  Nation held its high school and middle school tournaments on Lake Hartwell this past weekend and the top participants had no problem with catching fish. The Irwin County duo of Peyton Dunn and Gavin Guy was the top high-school team with a five-fish limit weighing 18.13, followed by the Dawson County team…

Lake Hartwell Fishing Report – March 2023

Hartwell: Level: 1.3 below 660. Temp: 58-62 degrees. Clarity: 1 to 4 feet. Bass: Guide Matthew Justice reports, “Fishing is really picking up, and tournament weights are exceptionally high. The fish are in transition toward spawning areas and will be on bed as water temps stabilize a bit more. Fish can currently be found in…

Lake Hartwell Fishing Report – December 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…

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