Lake Hartwell Fishing Forecast for June 2021
Report Date: May 13, 2021
Water Temp. 74
Water Level: Full Pool
Water Clarity: Lake Hartwell rarely gets dirty. Only in the creeks after heavy rains
June is a transition month. The water is warming and the fish are looking for cooler water. Bass and crappie do not migrate far. They move from the shallows to offshore brush and other structure. Hybrids and stripers migrate from the creeks and upper reaches of the lake to the lower lake. The creeks and upper lake develop a thermocline as the water gets hot. I look for fish suspended above the thermocline as they migrate toward the lower lake. Live blueback herring work great. Do not lower the herring below the thermocline as this will kill them quickly. There is very little oxygen below the thermocline. The thermocline is usually about 30 to 40 feet deep. Early morning will show the thermocline on most sonars. It will look like a fuzzy layer about 35 feet deep.
Bass and crappie transition from the shallows to offshore structure 20 to 30 feet deep. As the summer pattern sets up,good bass fisherman will throw a top water plug over the brush. If nothing comes up, they will look down at the brush with their sonar. If fish are seen, they will fish vertically with a drop shot or a shaky head.
Capt. Preston Harden
Lake Hartwell, GA
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