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Warmer Weather has Produced Excellent Striper Fishing

Report Date: March 23, 2011

Lake Hartwell Striper Fishing Report
As of 3-18-11
Water Temp. 55-58 Degrees
Water Level: 2 feet below full pool

Pictured is Matt White, from Gainesville, GA, with a nice striper that hit a 1/4 oz. bucktail jig with an 3 inch pearl fluke.

With warming weather starting in late February, the March fishing has been excellent. The stripers and hybrids are shallow and relating to windblown banks late in the day. The creeks are muddy with all the rain. As they clear up, the fish will move back in the creeks. They are in the main rivers with some fish preparing for a spawning run. I have not fished down lake because fishing has been so good up, but the lower lake should be turning on now with the water temp. approaching 60 degrees. My technique has been to cast small jigs and flukes to the banks. I run up the Tugaloo or Seneca river and hit points and red banks. I fish into the main creeks till the water turns from lite stained to muddy water. The fish are plentiful and spread out all over the lake. By the first of April, they will eat blue back herring good. I will also use freeline herring early and downline herring under bright sky. By April, the morning bite will turn on and be as good or better than evening.

Preston Harden
Bucktail Guide Service

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