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Top Water Fishing for Stripers Continues Strong

Report Date: November 18, 2010

Striper and Hybrid Fishing Report for Lake Hartwell

Water Temp 63 Degrees
Water Level 6 feet below full pool

Top Water fishing has been very good all fall. The schooling fish have been almost all hybrids averaging 3-8 lbs. some days the fish have fed for hours covering many acres. By the second week of November, the top water bite changed over to sub surface out producing the topwater. When the fish swirl, instead of splashing or knocking water into the air, I switch to subsurface lures. I have had great success with a jighead called a scrounger and a zoom fluke in white ice color. This lure will work until about next May when I switch back to top water. I will go to a smaller jig and jr fluke when the water gets colder. The fish are moving into the creeks and further up the lake as we go into December. Throw small shad imitating lures early and late on sunny days and use a jigging spoon during mid day when there is no surface activity. Use your sonar to locate fish 35 to 45 feet deep in creeks and channels. Drop a jigging spoon to the bottom and bounce it off the bottom. I like to raise it 3 or 4 feet and slowly twitch the rod tip as I lower it back to the bottom. Sometimes I feel the take as I stay in contact with the spoon. Lots of times the line goes slack as the fish hits going up. Be ready to set the hook.

Preston Harden

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