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  • Fishing is Good for Hybrids/Stripers on Lake Hartwell

    With the warm temperatures last week, the hybrid/striper anglers were out on Lake Hartwell. “The lake is healthy; don’t let anyone fool you. The fishing is good.”

    The fish are scattered from the big water around the Savannah River to the Seneca and Tugaloo Rivers near Andersonville Island. “Find the birds and you can find the fish.”

    The most productive way to catch these fish is on down rods or pulling planner boards or balloons. The hybrids/stripers are holding anywhere from on top to 25-35 feet deep and are hitting blueback herring or gizzard shad.

    “The fish are schooling like crazy,” and some anglers are complaining that “you can’t catch them.” But one bass fisherman complained that he caught four hybrids on a Lucky Craft black/chrome jerkbait before he changed his lure. “I ain’t losing a $17 lure on a ‘trash fish’.”

    For hard bait fishermen, jigging ¼ or ½ ounce Berry Flex-It spoons is working. “Hit ‘em the head; they will eat it.”

    Mostly, anglers are catching “teenagers,” but several 20 pounders have been caught, and the bite is best in the afternoon. So with a nice weather expected for the rest of the week, get on Lake Hartwell for some good hybrid/striper fishing.

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