Another Lake Hartwell Walleye.... Caught fishing for Walleye! Water Temp over most of the lake is in the low 50's... I've been seeing a lot of 52 degrees with the creeks holding muddier water going up to mid 50's. Crappies are starting to show up on the Banks. Weather is key now. We need the warm days backed with consistent weather patterns. We had a couple hard cold fronts with rain and wind throw a screw ball in the fishing for a few days last week. It looks pretty consistent for the next week or so. I'd expect a big push of Crappie to hit the banks this week. I've been seeing some nice fish being caught in the grass and off blow downs from the bank. I also have been able to see some good schools still on brush in 15-25 foot of water and even a large school off a rocky point in 30 foot of water, so there are plenty of deep fish yet. Bass are also moving shallow thinking about there annual spawn as well. A lot of Good things will happen as it warms in the next couple weeks. Things are starting to bloom and the fishing is going to get hot. Stripers have been pretty aggressive as well being able to be caught in most all the major rivers, dirty and clean. Artificial lures along with live bait will work great for them. Click on photo to read Walleye article
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.