April 2020 Lake Hartwell Fishing Forecast
Report Date: March 23, 2020
Water level-1 ft. Above full pool & water temp.-low 60s
April means fishing shallow. April also means spawning fish. Fishing becomes simple in April as all game fish move up on the banks. March has been on fire with warming water temps. and less rain. As the water warms in the afternoons, fish move up on wind blown banks and eat small jigs and flukes worked slowly. By April, the morning bite will become as good as afternoons. Hybrids and stripers will start to eat free lined herring as well as artificial in shallow water. Many fish will run up the Keowee and Tugaloo rivers to spawn. Lots of fish will try to spawn down lake on shallow banks.
Bass and crappie also spawn in April. Bass can be sight fished as they make beds in shallow water. Crappie will drop eggs on wood and rock structure in shallow water. After a long winter, April is a perfect month to get out on the water.
Picture is of John Franklin from Anderson S.C. on left and Greg Thompson from Spartanburg S.C. on right with one of many stripers caught on flukes March 11, 2020.
Capt. Preston Harden
Lake Hartwell, GA
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