United States
34° 35' 30.0192" N, 82° 51' 49.6044" W
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F
  • Black bass: Fair to good. A couple of major patterns are working. First, significant numbers of fish are up shallow around the old growth and they caught be caught on buzzbaits, frogs and soft plastics. There are also fish that have returned to deeper water and are grouped up around points and humps, particularly those with timber and brush. Drop shot rigs, shakey head worms, Carolina rigs and Texas rigs will all catch these fish, but fishing topwater lures such Spooks, Sammies, swimbaits and flukes is also a good way to target them by calling them up.
  • Crappie: Slow. Fishing has gotten pretty tough, but fish can be caught around bridges and deep brush at night in about 20-25 feet of water. Minnows are producing best but slabtail jigs will also catch fish.
Average: 2 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Clarity: Clear 2 fish caught

first time to hartwell in a long time and it was rough. I didnt know they were having a bunch of tournaments so there were bass boats everywhere! We fished a lil over 4 hours we got on the water a lil after 7am and got off lil after 12. I took a buddy that hasnt been fishing in a long time he caught a small spotted bass on a mepps minnow around a dock. I was fishing with a drop shot rig with a strike king dreamshot i was having lots of bites around the docks but they wasnt commiting to it. I only caught one very small spotted bass on the drop shot rig on a main lake point. We saw a bunch of nice bass in the back of spawning coves but couldnt get them to bite.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Spotted BassRubber WormStrike King4
2Spotted BassIn-line Spinner
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Clear 3 fish caught

Got to get out on lake hartwell today. got there right before sunlight and loaded up. waited til it got light enough to see good before starting. caught my first spot within 10 casts. the majority of the spots i caught were on chunk rock points, including bridges, fishing a rapala scatter rap. casted shallow and once it got just past the rock where it dropped to deeper water is when they would hit it. caught a couple that were working a school of bluebacks in the back of a creek pocket on a rapala shadow rap earlier in the morning. and also caught a loner largemouth with a 1/16 weighted senko around a small patch of grass. water was good and clear. water temp was right around 60.8 degrees and was about 62.5 by the time i left. the last bite i had was around 1030.


It was a personal best day for me. fishing was good but i think a little bit more warmer temps will help. i did not see any bedding bass until i parked my boat at the courtesy dock to load up and leave. a nice big ol female and buck were right under the walkway. i tried to catch them with a 4 or 5 casts of a wacky rig but they didn't have it so i packed it up and left. also saw a couple of roamers but didn't bother trying to catch em.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassSenko WormStrike King
2Spotted BassCrankbaitRapala
3Spotted BassCal (Jerkbait)