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January Fishing Forecast for Lake Hartwell

Report Date: January 1, 2016

Water level: 3 feet below full pool
Water temperature: Low 60's

January usually starts with fishing good and slows by late month, but with unseasonably warm weather, the fishing should be good all month all. As long as the water stays above 48°, fish will be active. When the water temperature gets below 48°, most fish will shut down except crappie. Crappie will eat all winter long. Look for hybrids and stripers to continue to move up the Lake and into the creeks. Seagulls will help to locate active schools of fish. To get the fish to bite, be willing to downsize. Small threadfin Shad imitations on light fluorocarbon line is necessary. Slower presentations are also necessary. If you fish with bait, consider medium shiners or threadfin Shad instead of Herring. Trolling umbrella rigs also work in cold water. If El Niņo continues, fishing can stay good all winter long.

Capt. Preston Harden
706-255-5622
Lake Hartwell, GA

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Preston Harden
P.O. Box 300
Commerce, GA 30529
Phone: 706-255-5622
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