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Lake Hartwell fishing forecast for December 2021

Report Date: November 14, 2021

Water level: Full Pool
Water temp.: 60

December is one of my favorite months to fish Lake Hartwell. The fall turn over should be complete. The water turns a pretty green color. The game fish go on a feeding spree with the onset of winter coming. The seagulls arrive to lead you to active feeding schools. Stripers and hybrids can be anywhere from the dam to the upper reaches of the lake. Some days are better than others. The days before a front are best. The days after a front are the worst. Calm, cloudy days are my favorite.

Blue back herring work, but I like to fish a small buck tail jig with a small fluke. I also like a small scrounger jig head with a small zoom fluke in colors white ice, green albino or Arkansas shad.

Largemouth and spotted bass are also active and are shallow. They move back into the creeks feeding up in preparation for winter. All game fish feed good till the water temp. gets below 48 degrees. This usually happens in early January. Then their metabolism slows down. The exception is the crappie. They will eat all winter.

Capt. Preston Harden
Lake Hartwell, GA

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