Greater Lake Hartwell Fishing Report

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Greater Lake Hartwell Fishing Report

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Freshwater Fishing Trends
Published Nov 26, 2007
Lake Hartwell News

Freshwater fishing trends are provided by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. For South Carolina freshwater fish regulations visit the SCDNR website. Freshwater fishing trends for the week of November 26, 2007, follows.

Mountains Area
Lake Jocassee:

Largemouth Bass: Good, slow retrieves with plastic worms, casting Carolina-rigged worms, and topwater plugs Good catches in the early morning.
Trout: Fair, trolling with Apex lures, Sutton spoons and Yozuri baits from surface to 70 feet deep. Also good catches reported with crippled herring jigs in shallow water and with live minnows.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair, drifting large minnows and brown hair jigs around rocky points and rocky banks.
Crappie: Slow, Try small minnows and jigs around brush piles.
Catfish: Good. Try nightcrawlers or cut bait on bottom.
Bream: Excellent, fishing with redworms, popping bugs and crickets around banks and brush.
Lake Keowee:

Largemouth Bass: Fair, using topwater lures like the Sammy 100’s, Zara Spooks, buzzbaits and floating worms early in the morning. Also try doodling and drop shotting Carolina-rigged worms in green or red colors and jigging spoons in 25 to 40 feet of water in the mouths of creeks and off rocky points after mid-morning. Some schooling activity has been reported.
Crappie: Fair, using small minnows and jigs in 10 to 15 feet of water around brush piles and bridge pilings.
Catfish: Excellent, using jumbo minnows, nightcrawlers and cut bait on the bottom.
Bream: Good, using redworms and crickets around brush piles and around stumps. Also, try fishing around bridge pilings.
Lake Hartwell:

Largemouth Bass: Fair, using 5 to 6-inch lizards, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater lures, and Trick worms fishing off points. Best catches reported at dawn and dusk Also try fishing in coves.
Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good, using umbrella rigs also live herring with down-rods in deep water around river channels 15 to 30 feet deep. Trolling activity has increased, try depths of 15 to 25 feet of water. Schooling activity on the lake has increased.
Crappie: Fair to good, using small minnows, grubs and small jigs. Fish are moving into deeper water around brush piles.
Catfish: Good, using cut herring, large shiners, nightcrawlers, shrimp and chicken livers on the bottom.
Bream: Good, using redworms and crickets under boat docks and bridges.
Piedmont Area
Lake Russell:

Largemouth Bass: Fair, try buzzbaits around bush in creeks and shallow running crankbaits.
Yellow Perch: Fair, fishing minnows deep.
Striped and Hybrid Bass: Fair, night fishing and early morning with bucktails, cut and live herring and jigs especially when water is running below dam.
Crappie: Good, using minnows around brush piles and bridge pilings in 14 to 15 feet of water. Also try fishing jigs along banks with cover.
Catfish: Good, using cut bait and nightcrawlers on the bottom.
Bream: Excellent, using red wigglers, pinks, crickets and nightcrawlers around bridge pilings.
Lake Thurmond:

Largemouth Bass: Good, casting plastic worms. Also, try Little Cleos and spinnerbaits. Also, try casting shallow running baits.
Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good, using Cleos, Berry Spoons and KastMasters. Also, try large minnows and live herring.
Crappie: Good, using small minnows and jigs around brush tops.
Catfish: Good, using cut bait and nightcrawlers fishing on the bottom.
Bream: Good, using Louisiana pink worms and jumbo redworms around the banks.
Lake Wylie:

Largemouth Bass: Good, casting plastic lizards, floating worms and topwater lures in the back of creeks.
Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good, using Spoons and Bucktails.
White Bass: Good, fish are schooling in the afternoon.
Crappie: Good, using small minnows and chartreuse jigs around riprap and brush tops.
Catfish: Good, using nightcrawlers on the bottom.
Shellcracker: Fair, using redworms and crickets on the bottom.
Bream: Good, using earthworms, redworms and crickets around the banks.
Midlands Area
Lake Greenwood:

Largemouth Bass: Good, casting topwater plugs and crank bait. Plastic worms in around docks and structure in 5 to 10 feet of water during the day. Some larger fish are being caught on crank baits off points.
Stripers: Good, behind the dam and fair in the lake using live bait. Try fishing small spinners and jigging Berry Spoons in 12 to 15 feet of water.
White Bass and White Perch: Good, fish are schooling in the upper part of the lake. Try using small spinners and jigging spoons.
Crappie: Good, using small to medium minnows and mini jigs over brush in 12 to 15 feet of water. Drift fishing in 12 feet of water using minnows or jigs has also been productive during daylight hours.
Catfish: Good, using cut bait and blood bait off points in 8 to 15 feet of water on the bottom.
Bream: Fair, using redworms along shore and docks.
Lake Wateree:

Largemouth Bass: Good, using, crankbaits and Carolina rigged worms. Fish have moved into deep water along drops around brush. Look for water currents and schooling fish.
Striped Bass: Fair, using live shad with down-rods in 15 to 25 feet of water. Stripers are starting to school early morning and late during the day. Stripers are schooling at the mouth of Beaver Creek. Good catches reported with top water plugs. Stripers also suspended in 15 to 22 feet of water all over the lake.
White Bass: Fair. Try shad-like baits off points. School activity has been reported at the mouth of beaver creek late in the afternoon.
Crappie: Good, try minnows Wow grubs and Slider worms using 1/8 ounce heads in neutral colors, casting and jigging along old river beds in 11 to 13 feet of water.
Catfish: Good, using earthworms, nightcrawlers, shrimp, small pieces of cut bait and live shad.
Bream and Shellcrackers: Good, using crickets, worms and artificial lures fished around piers, structure and brush.
Lake Murray:

Largemouth Bass: Good, using topwater lures early in the morning. Also, try floating worms, and spinner bait along the banks. Try fishing Texas rigged and Carolina rigged worms midday around stumps and rocky points.
Striped Bass: Fair, try live herring on down-rods in 30 to 60 feet of water. Schooling activity has been reported in all hours of the day from Shull Island to the Gap.
Catfish: Good, using cut herring and nightcrawlers on the bottom in 5 to 15 feet of water.
Bream: Good, fishing redworms and crickets around grass wall and docks in 5 to 15 foot of water. Also try Beetlespins when live bait does not produce.
Shellcrackers: Fair, using redworms and baby nightcrawlers in 6 to 20 feet of water off points.
Santee Cooper System
Lake Marion:

Largemouth Bass: Good, using artificial worms, topwater rebel lures, fishing along the banks and point.
Striped Bass: Fair, using shad and live herring with down rod in about 20 feet of water. Trolling shad and herring has been productive.
White Perch: Slow, Try jigging off the bottom with Hopkins spoons.
Crappie: Good, Crappie are starting to bite in 16 to 18 feet of water, using small and medium minnows around deep brush piles, bridge pilings and piers.
Catfish: Good, fishing with live herring and cut shad off the bottom in deep water. Recent catch of a 45-pound catfish has been reported.
Bream and Shellcrackers: Good, using crickets and redworms, in 5 to 10 feet of water.
Lake Moultrie:

Largemouth Bass: Fair, casting, spinnerbaits, plastic worms and lizards along docks and structure.
Striped Bass: Fair
, fishing live herring in 30 feet of water with down-rods. Fish are schooling try flex-it spoons jigging. Trolling through schooling fish has also been productive.
Crappie: Good, Try small to medium sized minnows around fish attraction areas and brush piles.
Catfish: Excellent, using cut shad, herring, menhaden, live large shiners and nightcrawlers 40 to 50 feet deep.
Bream: Good, using crickets, green worm and redworms around public fish attractors. Fish are in 8 to 25 feet of water on beds.
Shellcrackers: Slow, try redworms and green worms along the banks along river runs and points.
REPORTERS: The S.C. Department of Natural Resources appreciates the cooperation of fishing trend reporters for South Carolina's major lakes: Jocassee - Jocassee Outdoor Center; Keowee - Fishing Hole; Hartwell - Lake Hartwell Fishing and Marine; Russell - Tony's Bait and Tackle; Thurmond - Bladon's; Wylie - Catawba Tackle; Greenwood - Sportsman's Friend; Wateree - Wateree Marina; Murray - Dooley's Sport Shop, Lake World; Marion - Randolph's Landing; and Moultrie - Atkins Boat Landing.
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