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  • Bottom Bass Bite on Lake Hartwell

    With a few exceptions, it is pretty much a bottom bass bite on Lake Hartwell. Anglers over the weekend were bringing in catches from bumping or dragging baits on the bottom.

    Anglers were pulling out bass from brush piles, creek channels, and humps while fishing from 15 to 30 feet of water. The best fish were coming from the big water and the Seneca and Tugaloo Rivers around Andersonville Island.

    Carolina, Texas, and dropshot rigs with small or finesse worms produced the best catches in hooking fish. The predominate worm colors were green pumpkin and morning dawn for these bottom hugging fish.

    Others found spinnerbaits and medium running crankbaits worked well while fishing over structure like laydowns or brush piles. Still other anglers were jigging in water 40 and deeper with ¾- and 1-ounce chrome spoons like a Berry Flex-It or Slammer to put fish in the boat.

    Bumping or dragging baits on the bottom and casting towards structure are your best bets to get a limit of fish, but the bigger, quality fish are hard to find.

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