By: Anthony Rabern, GA DNR Fisheries Biologist
Even though late-summer water quality in Lake Hartwell threatened the survival of hybrid and striped bass, recent sampling and fishing tournament results suggest that the populations fared well through the challenge.
Saturday’s Appalachian Striper Club tournament on Hartwell also had good results. Tournament anglers caught a couple of stripers in the 20-poundrange and several stripers in the 8 to 10-pound range were boated. All fish looked to be in good condition.
During last week’s sampling, there were a lot of big hybrids feeding at the surface about an hour before sunset along the Tugaloo River from Reed Creek to Payne Creek. Striper and hybrid bass fishing should continue to improve on Lake Hartwell through November and into December. Check out the Appalachian Striper Club’s striperboard for current fishing reports (www.asc.striperboard.com).