Lake Hartwell

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Lake Hartwell: 8 fishing charters available

Bent Rods Charter Company

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Hartwell
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Electric City Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(22 reviews)
Anderson
trips from $300

Git R Bent Guide Service LLC

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Clarks Hill
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Appalachian Expeditions

Clarkesville
trips from $100

Us Mariners

Augusta
 Instant Confirmation

Reel Time Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Mount Airy

Matt Dorsey Fly Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Cornelia
trips from $425

Reel N Time Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Appling
trips from $400

A Lake Hartwell fishing adventure offers up some of the best freshwater angling action in the Southeastern US. It’s located only 2 hours from Atlanta, GA, as well as from Charlotte, NC, making this honey hole a year-round favorite for local and visiting anglers. Whether you’re looking for a serene day on the water or a testy battle with a big fish, Lake Hartwell delivers.

The clear favorites for Lake Hartwell anglers are Hybrid and Striped Bass. Anyone who’s tried casting for these fish knows why – they bite quickly and furiously, providing for one of the best freshwater battles around. Lake Hartwell isn’t a one trick pony fishery, though. There’s also a great stock of Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Catfish, and Crappie.

Lake Hartwell’s fish stock is so good, it’s easy to hook your limits of 10 fish per day. Even if you’ve only got a couple of hours to spare, you’ll go home with some Catfish and Crappie. If you came in the hope of battling some Hybrid or Striped Bass, and you’ve got the time, nothing quite does it like a full day trip.

The North Carolina-Georgia border effectively splits Lake Hartwell in two. This means you can access the lake from boat ramps in both states. Hartwell Marina in Georgia and Big Water Marina and Campground in North Carolina are both popular departure points.

Rules & Regulations

You can fish anywhere on Lake Hartwell with a valid North Carolina or Georgia fishing license. A fishing license is required for all anglers over the age of 16. To improve your chances of catching fish and ensure you’re fishing lawfully, heading out with a guide is recommended.

Lake Hartwell
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The beginning of the year marks one of the best times to land Hybrid Bass. If it’s particularly cold and the bite is weak, you can always count on Crappie.

February

As long as the water temperature is over 50 degrees, most of the lake’s game fish including Hybrid, Striped, and Largemouth Bass, will bite eagerly. Crappie feed all winter, too, making for an easy dinner. 

March

Crappie spawning season begins and these delicious fish move closer to shore. In other news, fishing for Largemouth, Spotted, Hybrid, and Striped Bass remains strong. 

April

It’s the time we’ve all been waiting for! The warmer water temperatures create the ideal environment for spawning Striped Bass. To hook these fish, head into the lake’s shallow waters.

May

It's one of the best months Lake Hartwell! Head out in the early morning when the Striper bite is best and when it’s not too hot on the lake. The fish are hungry after spawning season and eager to eat.

June

Catfish come right up to shore, making for excellent bottom fishing. Bass fishing gets a little more difficult as the waters warm up but, in the right spot, you can still find good topwater action.

July

Beat the heat by heading out early and taking advantage of one of the most productive months on the lake. Head deep into the lake for topwater Striper and Hybrid Bass action.

August

Topwater remains the name of the game! Hybrid and Striped Bass make for thrilling action on the lower main lake. The bite is best early in the morning and you’ll avoid the sweltering heat.

September

Bass prefer cooler waters, so the Hybrid and Striper fishing on should just be getting better and better. They’ll move closer to shore, saving you from a longer trek into the lake’s deeper waters.

October

Cooler water fish start to move towards the shallows, making it easier to catch them. There are far fewer boats on the water but the Hybrid and Striped Bass fishing is still excellent – don’t miss out!

November

The fish start to migrate up the lake and into warmer, shallower creeks as winter looms. The remaining Largemouth, Hybrid, and Striped Bass, however, will greedily bite on a variety of baits.

December

The lake’s remaining Bass are eager to fatten up for the remainder of winter. They’re congregating in the shallows and the lake’s surrounding creeks. 

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Just book your next fishing adventure and be sure you’ll have a lot of fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just book your next fishing adventure and be sure you’ll have a lot of fun!
Stefano  C.
Stefano C. Colfax, NC

Bent Rods Charter Company
Bent Rods Charter Company
Fishing charter in Hartwell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
We had a wonderful fishing trip with Brandon! Caught more than 25 fish! Highly recommend!
Jaime  C.
Jaime C. Hartwell, Georgia
Electric City Fishing Charters
Electric City Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Anderson
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(22 reviews)
Captain Roth is very knowledgeable and put us on fish the entire 4 hours. He was kind enough to share information about locating good spots, techniques to use and baits that worked.
Joe  D.
Joe D. Buffalo Grove, IL
Electric City Fishing Charters
Electric City Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Anderson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Captain Roth put us on fish and is a great guy to hang out with. Don’t hesitate to book with him. My son caught a beautiful 6 pound largemouth we released but we kept some spots to eat!
Dave  J.
Dave J. Seneca, SC
Electric City Fishing Charters
Electric City Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Anderson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Great trip overall. Captain Roth kept in contact before the trip and was setup and ready to go when we got there. New his spots like the back of his hand and got us on fish right away. I would recommend him, and plan to go out again.
David  L.
David L. Milwaukee, WI
Electric City Fishing Charters
Electric City Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Anderson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Unbelievable, caught alot of fish and learned alot. Definitely be back and use Captain Roth. Knows the lake well and a great guy. Thanks again
Scott  M.
Scott M. Mokena, IL
Electric City Fishing Charters
Electric City Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Anderson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Our family of four adults spent 3 hours with Captain Roth and had a very enjoyable time. We took saltwater guided fishing trips previously, but this was our first freshwater trip. Captain Roth made it very enjoyable. He knew the lake very well and all of the great fishing spots. We visited several spots. It never got boring. We all caught fish. Our family had a great time! The next time we find ourselves in the area, we will definitely book with Captain Roth again.
Kristina  A.
Kristina A. Plano, TX
Electric City Fishing Charters
Electric City Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Anderson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Captain Roth provided an excellent experience & his expertise made our trip all the more worthwhile. Highly recommend!
Shannon  H.
Shannon H. Simpsonville, SC
Reel N Time Fishing Charters
Reel N Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Appling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Awesome experience fishing with capt. James today,the man knows how to keep his customers on steady fishing action an works very hard to keep everyone baited up an lines in the water. We caught a limit of solid fish an we will be back again for another trip in the future. I definitely recommend capt James to anyone who wants to have a memorable and enjoyable fish catching experience!!!
David  L.
David L. Lacoochee, FL
Git R Bent Guide Service LLC
Git R Bent Guide Service LLC
Fishing charter in Clarks Hill
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Had a great time catching limits of bass (striped, hybrid, spotted, etc). Also caught a crappie, several perch, and a couple of catfish. Tim is a great guy, knowledgeable, and patient. He makes it happen and I highly recommend him!
John
John ". S. Carson City, NV
Electric City Fishing Charters
Electric City Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Anderson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Returned for a second day with Captain Roth and brought my family including my 11 y/o daughter and spouse. Even though the weather had changed from our first trip, the Captain worked hard to get us in fish and make our trip a success. Special thanks for the work he did with my daughter. Her confidence grew during our trip and she ended uo catching the first fish, the largest fish and the most fish.
David  D.
David D. Brielle, New Jersey
Reel N Time Fishing Charters
Reel N Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Appling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We had a great time catching Crappie! Everything was perfect and Captain James has expert knowledge of the local waters. I recommend this trip for anyone!
Gerald  W.  K.
Gerald W. K. Vaucluse, SC
Git R Bent Guide Service LLC
Git R Bent Guide Service LLC
Fishing charter in Clarks Hill
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Got there early and we went right on the water. We were hitting fish quick. Right before our limit we went in search of bigger fish. We hit fish every spot we were at. No big guys, but that’s for the next trip!
Christopher  E.
Christopher E. Augusta, GA
Electric City Fishing Charters
Electric City Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Anderson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
My husband and I had a great trip with Captain Roth. We had fun and would do it again.
Lisa  S.
Lisa S. Simpsonville, SC
Electric City Fishing Charters
Electric City Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Anderson
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(22 reviews)
Had a great time fishing with Captain Roth and my son Caiman! We plan to book again soon!!
William  S.
William S. Simpsonville, SC
Electric City Fishing Charters
Electric City Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Anderson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Absolutely the best fishing trip I have been on. I have never caught this many fish in one go. Captain Roth was very knowledgeable of the lake and the fish behavior. It was an absolute blast.
Wheeler  S.
Wheeler S. Anderson, SC
Reel Time Charters
Reel Time Charters
Fishing charter in Mount Airy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Great day on the water with Caption Rick! We met him at the dock a 7am and by noon we had caught our limit! He is very knowable about fishing and was a great host on the water. We would be happy to go fishing with Capt. Rick again! It was a fun day of fishing!
Danny  E.
Danny E. Lakeland, FL
Matt Dorsey Fly Fishing
Matt Dorsey Fly Fishing
Fishing charter in Cornelia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Captain Matt spent a lot of time helping me learn basic techniques like reading the sonar, choosing tackle, and bait casting. The fish were being a bit stubborn, but Matt covered the entire lake to find some good schools, and put in extra time to make sure we put some fish in the boat.
Scott  B.
Scott B. Peachtree Corners, GA
Reel Time Charters
Reel Time Charters
Fishing charter in Mount Airy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
A hot Day for fishing, but Capt Rick made the most of it. Everyone caught a fish. Good company and good with youngsters. Very enjoyable.
Pat  R.
Pat R. United States

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Lake Hartwell

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Lake Hartwell costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $379, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $461. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Lake Hartwell is 23 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Bent Rods Charter Company, Electric City Fishing Charters, and Git R Bent Guide Service LLC are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Hartwell. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Hartwell.

Bent Rods Charter Company and Git R Bent Guide Service LLC received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake Hartwell.

The best way to experience fishing in Lake Hartwell is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Lake Hartwell.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bass (Striped), Bass (Largemouth), and Crappie. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. Lake fishing, river fishing, and backcountry fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

It's one of the best months Lake Hartwell! Head out in the early morning when the Striper bite is best and when it’s not too hot on the lake. The fish are hungry after spawning season and eager to eat. Check availability for local fishing charters in Lake Hartwell.