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  • Lake Hartwell Hybrid/Striper Report

    “There is no topwater bite for hybrids/stripers on Lake Hartwell, but they are starting to school, and they are hitting small baits,” according to Preston Harden of Bucktail Guide Service (706) 255-5622.
    “The high water has the fish spread out, but small flukes on jig heads are producing,”
    Harden reported. Harden says that the fish are hitting on the fall in anywhere from the surface to 70 feet of water.
    Joshua Matthews at the Bait Shop in Townville (864) 287-5005 commented that the fish kill on Lake Hartwell last month did not kill them all. “The live bait fishing with blueback herring has just started to pick back up.”
    Matthews stated that he has seen good catches of hybrids/stripers from three to fourteen pounds, and these fish are scattered in deep pockets from the dam to the Twin Lakes Access.
    The water temperature is still in the high 70s on Lake Hartwell, but with cooler days coming, it should not be long till the hybrids/stripers start their fall migration and fishing will be in full swing.
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter