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  • Lake Hartwell Bass Fishing Report

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    The dog days of summer are upon us, and even though the fishing is still slow, there are still some good fish to be caught on Lake Hartwell.

    Fishing starts before first light and usually, will continue until after mid-morning. The bass are scattered on windy points and around shoals in shallow water and hitting noisy surface lures like buzz and prop baits.

    Generally, the bass will hit as soon as the bait hits the water, but working the lures with a slow start and stop retrieve or “slow rolling” the lures may produce a strike. Good lures to wake up these bass up are a Knights Double Prop Buzz Bait, Rebel Pop-R, and Smithwick Devils Horse.

    After the sun gets up, try moving back to the coves and fish around shady boat docks or any other visible structure like laydowns and stickups. Be patient because sometimes it will take several casts to entice the fish into biting.

    After mid-morning, the fish start moving back in to deeper water and are being caught on plastic worms worked slowly. Carolina or shaky head rigs with finesse worms in green or green pumpkin work best in 15-25 feet of water.

    The water temperature is still in the mid-80s, but it should not be long till the water starts to cool back down, and the fishing will start to pick up again.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com
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