Striper fishing report for Lake Hartwell as of 10 13 12
Water temperature 75°
Water level 13 feet below full pool
Fishing has been good with schooling fish in the surface since early September. Top water plugs, such as Lucky craft Sammy's in ghost minnow color, has put many fish in the net. Bait has not caught many fish as the fish are moving fast, chasing schools of herring. Lots of fish have moved up Lake and are spreading out into the creeks and rivers.
The colder weather has the Lake turning over. November can be tough, as the Lake is completing turnover. Water can be a dark brown color with foam on top. As the water turns, it has a low oxygen level. The creeks complete turnover first and that is where the fish show up in November.
The fish also change from feeding on Herring to eating threadfin shad. Big top water plugs give way to small flukes or other small artificials. Look for greener water as the turnover does not happen across the lake at the same time.