Hartwell is fishing good. Dress warm the mornings are a little chilly. Free lines and downrods with live herring are still working well. Now I seem to have alittle better success on my freelines due to the shallow water I have been finding some of my fish. Good depths to find stripers are from 10-50 foot of water. I seem to have fond most of my stripers in 20-30 feet. Fish are up the major river channels yet, but as it gets colder will back out a little and can be found in the mouths of the rivers in a little deeper water. Tight lines! As of Keowee, Spotted bass are still biting very good. The best bite has been first light and last light. Try using Blueback herring or Large shinners on Downrods in about 45 ft. Tight Lines, Capt Steve Pietrykowski
Lake Hartwell fishing report: Water temp is 55 degrees. There is actually some pretty good fishing to be found right now. A little back ground on the striped bass is that there ideal temp is 55, so if you can find them, they should be active. All this means that they are feeling good right now. Now this time of year is known for the Bait to migrate up the creeks and if you find the bait, you should find the fish. The technical part is that since the whole lake is that temp, that means the fish really can be anywhere in the 56,000 acres along the near 1000 miles of shore line. Last winter was very mild so there wasn't a big Threadfin die off like in other years. This means there is a tun of bait this year, but trust me, if you find the bait you will find fish... It just could be any kind of fish. This time of year it is a mixed bag and meaning to that is if you get a bite, it could be anything. Striper, Hybrid, Spotted bass, Largemouth, Flathead Catfish, Blue Cat, Crappie, White perch....Gosh and the list goes on. This is also one of the best times of the year to catch a Trophy Striper. So if your interested, let me know and I will bring the big rods and pull big baits to catch that lunker. If your on your own, try looking at the backs of the major creeks that flowing in to the lake. Some good depths to look at are the 50 foot and shallower range. I caught them the best in 20 feet the other day. Pulling free lines is a great way to spend a day but if you find the right school of fish you can really rack up the numbers on down rods yet. Good luck everyone...
Tight lines, Capt Steve Pietrykowski
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Hartwell water temp. 68-70 degrees. Fishing over all the last couple weeks has been kinda tough. Instead of improving like it normally does, it got more tecnical
Ok... Its been a long time since I have Posted. Blame Me for not going to get my Computer at my office. I have just been fishing so much.... :).. Although the Smart phone was great for checking e-mails, it didn't upload photos or let me upload a fishing report. Fishing, well its been fishing. Schooling activity has been great the couple weeks. We are belowe 75 Degrees which that in a since will let the fish stay on the surface longer. Ive said for a couple weeks now, that the fishing has been a little better on those overcast days. On those days the Stripers will school all day. There hasn't been much of a down rod bite unless you are on top of the fish when they are schooling. There moving, looking for food and not in the same spot every day. Guess where I am getting is that it can be a little hit and miss. Still good, but you have to rely on them to show themselves on the surface feeding and not on the o'l Captains honey hole. It has been a very visual fishery lately. October is my favorite time to fish. If you like to catch Striper and Hybrid on top water, than this is the time to do it. We have a couple more weeks of this fishing before our Fall Turn Over.... Don't miss out Or it will be Dec till the fishing will improve.......
Water Temp: 72-74
Fish have been Bitting real good all week. I expect the bite to continue. We ran out of bait the other day fishing with my party with about 6-7 doz herring. I know we cleaned 30 but lost count how many we boated. Majority of the catch has been Hybrids with a mix of a few stripers, spotted bass, Largmouth, and Catfish. I'm finding most of the fish in the 20-30 foot range. Most of the fish have been caught on Down rods, but a couple have been still eating the freeline. I'm catching most of my fish upper to mid lake right now expecting this pattern to last for a good month or two. This is just a good time to fish.
Hartwell water temp has shot back up to the low 70's. Matter fact I saw 76 degrees on Sat Afternoon. The fishing has just been good on Lake Hartwell. Thats just simple to say. Majority of the fish have been Hybrids with a mix of a few Stripers, Catfish, Bass and white perch. I ran my buddies Carolina Skiff Sat. It shows that it was a fish catching machine. Thanks Darrel! Most of my fish have been comming on Downlines from 25-35 foot of water with a few being caught with a freeline tossed out the back of the boat. The freeline swims down to the depth the fish are and boom, Gets eaten! Try it when your sitting in one spot with down rods sometime. It works!
The above picture is the picture of the week!
Water temps are up on both lakes from last week. Jocassee is up to 65-67 during the day. It has been fishing good both at night and during the day.
Hartwell is up to 72 degrees. fishing was up and down last week, but over all still fishing good. The more consistent to weather gets it seems like the better the fishing gets. I look for May to be off the hook for stripers/Hybrids.
Both Lakes are fishing good. I've had a few great days on Lake Jocassee and I've had a few tough days due to the weather. I've put some very nice trout in the boat last week. The biggest of the week was a 7 pound Brown. Hartwell has also been fishing very well for the last 4 weeks and I would have to say it will continue. I've been very pleased on this fishing season as a whole. It has been great for fishing.
Hartwell: Water temps are mid 60's. It seems that the later in April we get the lower the
water has gotten. We are in another little cold snap. Just like last week this
time. This actually has lowered the water a bite but it hasn't cooled the
fishing much. It is just a good time to be on the water. A little of
everything is biting. Striper and Hybrid are biting over the whole lake. Last
week when the water was close to 70's we were seeing a little schooling action
here and there. Cut Baiting is still working well and as the sun comes up the
Freeline bite has been as good as it gets. Down rod bite it also doing good in
25-35 foot of water. I have been told that the Hybrids are still biting way up
the tugaloo and up the keowee river along with good numbers of Spotted bass.
Catfish are shallow and eating Cut Herring. Crappie have spawned but some fish
can still be caught shallow. Try 15-20ft of water with small minnows and jigs.
Jocassee:Water temps were in the low to mid 60's. Its sad to say that the water is still
dropping. I watched the levels drop every day I was up there. We need some
rain. On the bright side fishing was very good last week for me. It is the
begaining of some good fishing to come. This is my favorite time of year to be
up there. You never know what the next fish might be. It could be the 8 pounder
were all looking for. I caught most of my fish 15-45 feet down. I love to use
live bait, but Spoons seem to be the ticket for me last week. I think I caught
one Trout on a Live Shiner, the rest were all green fish and thats for the whole
week of fishing. I stayed busy with fish just about everywhere on the lake.
Wednesday was good up the toxaway but for any reason I had a had to be patient
for bites as it got closer to the weekend. Over all it seemed that the main
lake was the ticket for Sat. I have to say that I was blown away as of the size
of the fish we boated for the week. Wed we caught 3 browns over 6 pounds,
friday 2 browns that were 5 and 5.5 and Sat. 1 brown at 6 pounds. All days we
had pretty good numbers of stockers to bout but not many were legal. Sat was
the day of glory with numbers. I think we boated 25 trout. 7 Legal rainbows
and one fatty brown.
Call Capt. Steve: 864-353-3438
About the Capt.
Capt. Steve is a Registered US Coast Guard Capt. Being 32 years old, Capt Steve has made a living fishing for over 12 years. Capt. Steve has logged many hours on the US and International waters fishing for Salmon in the rivers of Alaska down to the Florida Keys after Sailfish and over to the Bahamas Blue Marlin fishing.