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  • Lake Hartwell Feb. Bass Fishing Report

    The tournament anglers fishing on Lake Hartwell report that the bass are still in the prespawn mode, but the good news is that the fish are starting to move up into shallow water.

    Anglers are finding fish on the ledges of creek channels and on humps out in deep water in the mornings anywhere from 20-40 feet deep. They are hooking these fish on Carolina rigs with finesse type worms in morning dawn and green pumpkin or ½ ounce jigging spoons.

    As the water warms up, the bass are coming out of the deep water and starting to converge off the points. The key is to find these secondary points where the bass are concentrated.

    First, try fishing deep running crank baits like a Deep Little-N or shaky head rigs with a finesse, cut tail or trick worm. Then move in closer and cast medium running crank baits like a Shad Rap or a Carolina rig.

    Sometime during the day bass will start moving back into the coves and will usually be found off the shallow side of the banks. Jerk and spinner baits will work if the wind is blowing, and if the there is no wind, switch to a Carolina rig.

    With the days getting longer and the water starting to warm, the bass will start to hold on the banks, and the fishing will only get better.

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