Lake Hartwell Fishing Forecast for April 2014
Report Date: March 22, 2014
Water temperature: low 50sW
Water level: one foot above full pool
March has been mostly cold and the fishing has been up and down. Several consecutive warm days will get the fish shallow and active. Hopefully the weather will settle down by April.
This is my favorite time of the year, with stripers, hybrids, largemouth, and Kentucky spotted bass feeding on small Shad in shallow water. I fish like a bass fisherman, using my trolling motor to stay a casting distance off the bank and casting a small artificial toward the bank. My favorite Lure is a small scrounger jig and a zoom fluke. As the water warms, I will use 1/4 ounce jig instead of a 1/8 ounce jig. I will go to a zoom super fluke Junior in white ice with the one fourth ounce jig. Later in the month I will cast a sebille magic swimmer in the slow sinking model and white color. Blue back Herring will catch lots of fish either free lined are down lined.
Crappie fishing has been good and consistent with small jigs worked around deep brush. The best spots are where brush is under a dock. Most crappie have been coming from 20 to 30 feet deep. Crappie will be moving shallower as we warm in April. I will still concentrate on shade and brush. Crappie minnows under a slip floats and tight lining a small jig will catch them shallow as the water warms and crappie start migrating to spawning areas.
Capt. Preston Harden
Lake Hartwell, GA
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