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Nice striper caught on Lake Hartwell, Georgia.My name is Preston Harden, I'm from Commerce, Georgia and a graduate from the University of Georgia. I have been guiding on Lake Hartwell since 2001, but I have been fishing for stripers since the mid 1980's. I fish year round at least five days a week.

I trout fish out west and chase red fish in Louisiana, but stripers and hybrids occupy most of my time (about 200 days a year). My home is about 50 yards from Lake Hartwell and my boat stays in the water ready to go.

I prefer to catch fish on artificial - either fly or spin - but if you want to use bait, it is no problem. I have been flyfishing since I was 12 years old and I fish with a fly much of the time.


  • Spring is primetime with fish up shallow and eating well
  • Summer is slow for artificial, but good for bait fishing in deep water
  • Fall is top water time with schooling fish eating poppers and top water lures
  • Winter is prime fly-fishing time when big fish prowl shallow water and eating small flies and jigs on light tackle

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Bucktail Guide Service
Lake Hartwell, GA
Preston Harden
115 Snyder Dr.
Townsville, SC
Phone: 706-255-5622
Email: [email protected]

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