Lake Hartwell Fishing Report April 13 2018
Weekly report from Captain Mack Farr.
Our fishing forecast this week for Lake Hartwell is one that sets up the fishing for the rest of the month. The lake is .04 feet above the full pool of 660 feet, which is something that we have not seen in a very long time. The water temperatures are 58 degrees plus or minus depending on if you are in the river channels or if you are in the back of a creek. The weather for this week has been forecast to stay stable for this time of the year. With that being said, I do not see any big changes in the fishing conditions which have been GREAT for this past week!
The striper and hybrid bite has been very strong with many big boxes of fish being caught. It is possible to empty a bait tank in a couple of hours if you get on the right school of fish. Stripers are being caught off of the major and secondary points before daylight and in the late afternoons. With the water levels being high it is easy to pull up on shallow shoals and points that you normally were not able to fish near due to low lake levels. We are still seeing big stripers caught pulling planer boards after daylight. Gizzard shad and large blueback’s are still my baits of choice when pulling free lines with floats or planer boards.
Are you looking for a fun day of fishing artificial baits for a largemouth or spotted bass? All you need to do is rig up a few rods with a Weedless Wonder shaky head jig and hang on. When the lake was down the brush had a great opportunity to cover the banks, points and backs of coves. The bass have found the cover and are deep into it. There’s one thing that I’ve found out about a shaky head, the bass hate it and if they see it they will eat it!
The fishing is only going to get better, so look for next week’s report.
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