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  • Lake Hartwell Bass Fishing Report

    The bass anglers fishing Lake Hartwell over the weekend were catching fish using a mixed bag of tricks, but for the most part they were catching fish either shallow or deep. The bass are starting to move out of the deep water and moving to the banks for the prespawn.

    The bass are moving out of the creeks as the sun comes out and warms the water later in the morning. Then they are heading to the shallow banks and beginning to fan out the spawning beds. Look for places off the creeks with shallow, sloping banks with scattered rocks or structure.

    Throw to the bank and work your bait slow. Some good shallow running crank baits that dive from 1 to 3 feet include: the Rapala DTFlat-03 in fire tiger; Lucky Craft Pointer 78 chartreuse shad, Spro Lit John in citrus shad or old fire tiger, or the Stike King KVD Square Bill in black back chartreuse or chartreuse crazy shad.

    Since the bass are moving in and out of the creek channels, the creek runs are good places to drag a worm or fish a drop shot rig in 35- 40 feet of water. Jigs in ½ or 3/8 ounce with trick worms in green or green pumpkin are good. If fishing a drop shot, use a finesse or kut tail worm in green or natural shad.

    If you are planning on fishing Lake Hartwell, remember that 164 FLW Tour professional anglers will start practice fishing on Sunday. The Walmart FLW Tournament will start Thursday, March 8, and run through Sunday out of Portman Shoals Marina. For more infomation, go

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