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December Fishing Forecast for Lake Hartwell

Report Date: December 1, 2017

As of mid- November, the water temperature is in the low 60s and the water level is about 6 feet below full pool.

The Lake has completed its turnover and the fish are feeding aggressively before the water chills. For hybrids and stripers, look for areas where seagulls and loons are hanging around. This time of year I downsize my imitations to represent thread fin Shad. They will still eat a live blue back Herring till the water gets in the upper 40s. Jigging spoons worked in 30 to 40 feet of water catch lots of fish in December, especially around midday. This is a good time to fish up the lake and in the creeks. Fish will move shallow early and late in the day. They will stay shallow all day when it is cloudy. I like to throw a tiny zoom fluke on a 1/8 oz. jig head this time of year. I use braided line with a Fluorocarbon leader about 6 feet long tied with a double uni- knot. I work it very slowly with a twitch and pause.

Picture is of Roger Beauchamp from Commerce GA with a nice fall striper.

Capt. Preston Harden
Lake Hartwell, GA

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