Walleye in Lake Hartwell! Yep. With the FLW Bass Tournament Kicking off today I wanted to be now where close to The Boat traffic. I decide to chase a Walleye today. This is a fish that you just don't see too often down in the south, or in Lake Hartwell . I was pretty pumped to see this Walleye come to the net. Water temp was 47-48....
Water temp has been holding around 52 in the main lake but is warmer up the creeks and near shore. A hard rain on Friday morning made a lot of creeks dirty over the weekend, but most places are already settled out back to normal water color. Striper and bass have been mix in together in areas both feeding on the week threadfin shad from the cold winter we have had. Even with the water warming I am seeing shad dieing here and there. That is a good thing. There has been a lot of Shallow fish lately do to the warm spell we have had. As for crappie. I am still finding them over brush from 15-30 ft depending the day. Med minnows and 1/16 oz jigs have been working well.
Well we got a hard warm rain last night. Water temp in the main river channel was 52 which is great! on the other hand I saw some 57 degree water in the backs of some feeder creeks. That will draw a lot of bait and fish very shallow. Striper and Bass where on fire this morning first thing. As the morning turned to afternoon the wind picked and the fishing slowed. I'd guess that with this warm surge of water in the lake things are going to start to get exciting for spring fishing.
This is yet another brush pile loaded with crappie! Water temp has been about 47 degrees but I saw 57.5 degrees up the Keowee river today and 53 degrees up 12 mile. Crappie are still bighting good, the other morning we started out a little slow but as the day warmed up the fishing did too. Managed to also find some boat docks in deep water that are loaded with crappie.... easy picking if you can get a jig under too them. This week has been warm and I expect to see the water warming with it. The warmer we get the better the fishing will be. I look for it to be a good week on the water. The deeper brush 24-30 has been better this week. Oh and I want to thank everyone for placing all these brush piles.. They have been great too me this year!
The Crappies are biting really good right now. The picture is of a Brush pile, one of many that is loaded with Crappie. Matter of fact quite large Crappie... I have been catching a lot of fish in the 12-14 inch range this year. They have been Jumbos, or Slabs as a lot of people call them. I'm sticking to the basics for fishing for them. Use a small minnow or jig and work in and around brush. 15-25 Foot brush seem to be most productive.
We put the tape measure to these two Slabs. One was 16 inches the other was right at 15 inches. Both fish came on back to back casts!
Lake Water temp is 45-46.
Crappie are really starting to bunch up right now making them easy to catch. Most fish seem to be on brush in 18-25 ft range. The last couple of weeks ive really started to check a lot of brush piles and have and seeing some massive schools of big crappie just waiting to eat a minnow or jig! The crappie fishing will be very good for the next couple months with fish preparing to spawn in Early April.
fishing actually has been pretty good. Water temps are pretty cold right now as a whole. Meaning slow your presentation down. Don't move fast use smaller baits and you can put some great catches together! There is a lot of 48-52 Degree water, but in a certain place there is up to 70 degree water and along with that some hot fishing! Creeks with stained water will warm up quicker than clear water. One degree in the fish world is a big deal. find the warm water and you may find some active fish.
Jocassee: Trout are being caught along with bass and some large yellow perch
Keowee: Spotted Bass are biting very good
Hartwell: Stripers, Hybrids, Crappie and Bass can all be caught in one day!
Lake Hartwell has been fishing great for me this winter! Ive been on them all winter! This weekend was horable fishing conditions for winter fishing with high winds and fridge temps. For me it didn't seem to matter what the weater was... the fishing was great, actually Sunday I had one of the best days all winter even in the high winds. I felt pretty lucky that I could hid frome the wind and catch fish. I have been noticing that the fish have been a little more sluggish due to the cold water, but Ive been lucky to be on some big bodies of fish that picking away a good number of bites hasn't been too much of a prob. It is a little more of a patient bite in the winter. Slow down everything, fish smaller baits and you will put more fish in the boat. Good depths to look... 20-45 have been good for me. The birds also have been working fish great for me this winter. Look for gulls and then start using your graph. Bait is also a key. If you find both the gulls and a large consintration of Bait, odds are the stripers are close. Water temp has been cold...48 degrees... and yes all these fish have been caught on live bait!