Lake Hartwell: Lake Hartwell water levels are above full at 660.55 (full pool is 660.00). Water temperatures are about 84 degrees, and clarity is pretty good considering all the recent rains.
With August water temperatures striper and hybrid bass are moving deeper, and although Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) is still catching fish off the ends of deep points in 35-55 feet of water near the bottom, he is also finding more fish in the main channel.
Thats where Guide Chip Hamilton (864-304-9011) is doing all of his fishing, and he is catching fish at the bottom end of the Seneca, the Tugaloo, and around the dam. He is fishing in 60-90 feet of water, and some days the fish want to be on the bottom on humps at that depth while other days they will suspend out in the channel in 120-160 feet. This is the best pattern he has found for five plus pound fish.
There is also a very early bite for 2-5 pound hybrids, and well before daylight they can be caught in the same parts of the lake off points and humps about 40 feet deep.
The catfish bite is really good for channels, and Captain Bill is catching some unusually large ones this year. They are all over the place in 15-40 feet, and while he is wearing them out on herring plenty of baits will work.
Anglers who want to target flatheads should fish off main lake points and around islands and shoals in 15-35 feet at night with live bait on the bottom.
Crappie fishing has been slow, but a few fish are being caught in the mouths of creeks with natural timber 20-30 feet down.