Lake Hartwell fishing forecast for October 2019
Report Date: October 1, 2019
Water temperature is in the mid-70s and the water level is about 2 1/2 feet below full pool.
As the water cools in October, most fish move shallower and become more active. Hybrids and stripers will school in the surface early and late. They could school in the surface all during the day on a cloudy day. Most fish will still be in the lower half the Lake in October. When they school early in the month, I like to throw a lucky Kraft Sammy in ghost minnow. If the water is choppy, I will switch to a lucky Kraft gun fish in ghost minnow. The gun fish is cupped to make more commotion. By late month they will switch from feeding on Herring to eating threadfin Shad. Then I fish with a small shad imitation. This usually happens when the water cools to a certain point. When the water cools to a certain point, turnover will start. Fishing can get tricky then. Fish do not like when the water turns over. It depletes the oxygen in the water. It turns the water a dark Brown. Look for greener water then. Try not to fish after a cold snap. Wait till the weather is stable for a few days.
Largemouth bass and spotted bass also become more active in October. They move shallower to feed more aggressively after a hot summer.
The Lake becomes deserted in October with football and hunting. The leaves are beautiful and October. Get out and enjoy the fall on Lake Hartwell.
Capt. Preston Harden
Lake Hartwell, GA
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