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  • Lake Hartwell Bass Fishing Report

    With the water temperature in the low 60s, the bass on Lake Hartwell have moved into their winter pattern.

    The bass have moved into the mouth of the creeks following the bait. The fish are hanging along the windblown points, scattered along the banks, and sitting on brush piles anywhere from 2 to 10 feet of water.

    The fastest way to cover the water for these dispersed fish is to throw spinner baits or crankbaits. Multiple bladed spinnerbaits in white or chartreuse or flat sided crankbaits in chrome or white seem to be working the best.

    Later in the day the spots will start to congregate off the secondary points in 20-40 feet of water. Drop shot rigs fished over the rocky points or brush are producing good numbers of fish. Shad type plastics in natural or green/red or finesse worms in morning dawn or green pumpkin are the primary colors.

    The good thing about fishing this time of the year is there are fewer fishermen out competing for your favorite holes, and the fish are not that hard to find.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley