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  • Catching a Variety on Lake Hartwell

    Even with the extreme weather that Upstate fishermen have experienced, Lake Hartwell anglers are catching a variety of fish. The key is picking your fishing days when the weather is tolerable and fishing the creeks.

    “They are killing the crappie on Lake Hartwell,” according to Randy Childers of Lake Hartwell Fishing & Marine in Anderson. 'Anglers are catching crappie in the creeks around brush piles in 15-20 feet of water using small minnows on slip floats.'

    “The striper fishing is a little slow because no one is going out,” said Joey Bagwell at the Bait Shop in Townville. “The stripers are back in the creeks and gorging themselves on small baits.” Bagwell reported that small jigging spoons like a Kastmaster in nickel or Berry’s Flex-It spoons in white or chartreuse in 6/10- or 1-ounce are working.

    Bagwell stated that pulling planer boards with blueback herring or small gizzard shad in the creeks along the trees from 20-35 feet of water is also productive.

    “They are also catching big cat fish in creek channels like Six & Twenty Creek,” noted Bagwell. “Anglers are anchoring up in 50-55 feet and hauling them in on bottom rigs using cut herring.”

    So for the die-hard fishermen, there is a variety of fishing available on Lake Hartwell, but you have to pick your days and work the creeks.

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