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  • Lake Hartwell Anglers Dropping Down

    The morning topwater bass bite on Lake Hartwell is scarce and scattered, but seasoned anglers are dropping down to put fish in the boat.

    The top water bite is still there, but anglers are working harder to find fish. Points seem to be holding more than the humps or shoals. The bass are hitting topwater lures like a chrome or white Sammy or Spook by 'walking the dog' and calling these fish up. These bass are clinging on certain main and secondary points anywhere from 3 to 30 feet deep.

    The bass that are suspended over the brush piles are not wanting to come up, so you will have to drop down to get them. A drop shot rig fished right over brush piles in 20 - 35 feet of water seems to be producing the most fish. Green pumpkin and watermelon red trick worms or morning dawn finesse or robo worms are the predominate baits.

    There is very little schooling action, and the bass that are hitting on top seem to be small. These schooling bass are coming up over humps, shoals, and certain points, and they are not staying up very long at all. And as far as the afternoon bite, anglers have reported good catches back in the shallow water pockets on frogs.

    With the cooler temperatures, overcast skies, and strong winds these weekend, the morning topwater bite was off, but quantities of small fish were caught over brush piles. The quality fish were harder and harder to come by, but at least it was a nice weekend to go fishing.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn 'Teach' Corley