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  • Spinnerbaits and Drop Shots on Lake Hartwell

    With the water temps in the high 60s, the bass are hitting spinnerbaits and drop shot rigs on Lake Hartwell, and the fishing is pretty good.

    At sunup start off casting spinnerbaits to the main and secondary points off the main river channels and creeks. The bass are slamming white spinnerbaits along with buzzbaits in one to five feet of water. A few secondary baits to throw include: chatter, crank and swim baits.

    After the sun starts to warm things up around mid-morning, switch over to a drop shot or Carolina rig by fishing the humps in 15 - 30 feet of water. Also fish along the edge of the creek channels and especially the bends of the creeks. The fish are hitting Finesse, Robo, and Trick worms in green pumpkin, green pumpkin with glitter, or morning dawn colors.

    Always have a topwater lure like a small to medium Sammy or large Spook in chrome or white ready for schooling fish that are coming up. These fish are coming up at different times of the day and feeding off the points and shoals.

    Good catches of largemouth and spotted bass are coming in with many anglers getting their limit of fish early in the day. Get out there and enjoy this nice autumn weather before the cold weather starts to slow down the fishing.

    South Carolina Field Reporter
    Captain Glenn 'Teach' Corley