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Lake Hartwell Fishing Forecast February 2021

Report Date: January 25, 2021

February is the coldest month of the year. Most game fish are in hibernation. Their metabolism slows and they do not feed much. They do not digest big baits and prefer small baits. Try to finesse fish with small imitations worked very slow.

There is an exception. Crappie will eat no matter how cold the water gets. They want small baits worked very slow. I use a 1/32 oz. jig with a tiny fluke. I use 4 lb. test line. I try to put my jig in the darkest water under a dock or bridge. I do not get out on docks but I will get close and try to shoot the jig into the dark. Crappie taste best in the cold water.

Try to pick a warm day and wear a life jacket {PFD}. Hypothermia sets in very quickly in the cold water. Have a plan to get back in the boat if you fall in with heavy cloths on. It is like wearing weighs when cloths get wet. I have a ladder on my transom. I always wear a PFD when I am alone.

Picture is of Capt. Preston Harden on left and Chaz Odom from Athens GA. on right with a nice striper caught on a jig and zoom fluke. Caught on 01/06/21.

Capt. Preston Harden
Lake Hartwell, GA

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