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Fishing Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee

Fishing Lake Hartwell & Lake Keowee

LICENSE: You may fish anywhere on Lake Hartwell with a valid license from either Georgia or South Carolina. Keowee requires a South Carolina license.
Youth under 16 are not required to have a license.
 South Carolina licenses are available at Bass Pro Shops or see:
Georgia licenses are available at Bass Pro Shops or see:
To catch or possess Trout a Trout stamp is required and other rules apply.

SEASONS: You may fish any time of the year in Lake Hartwell or Lake Keowee.

FISH IN Lake Hartwell & Lake Keowee:

  • BREAM  (Bluegill, Redbreast, Shell cracker,  Pumpkinseed) - Bream congregate under docks, around piers and in submerged brush. They are easy to catch using worms, crickets, and other insects as bait. Bream are responsible for introducing more youth to fishing than any other fish. Common sizes range from 3 ounces to 1 pound with the record shell cracker exceeding 5 lbs. A daily limit of 30 total Bream applies.
  • CRAPPIE (Black Crappie and White Crappie) are one of the most popular sport fish in Lake Hartwell. They are often caught in large numbers using minnows around piers and submerged brush. Crappie may range up to 5 lbs. with the "Typical" catch ranging from 1/2 lb to 1-1/4 lbs. A total daily limit of 30 applies.
  • LARGEMOUTH BASS - More time and money are spent in the pursuit of this fish by anglers than any other species. They may be caught at any time of the year feeding near the shore in early morning. In Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee they are most commonly fished for using artificial bait. Large mouth bass range up to 16 lbs. with the "Typical" catch ranging from 1 to 8 lbs. A daily limit of 10 fish applies. Fish caught in Georgia waters shorter than 12" must be released immediately.
  • HYBRID BASS - A cross between a male white bass and a female striped bass, hybrids may grow to 20 lbs while the "Typical" catch is 2 lbs to 3-1/4 lbs. Hybrids are a strong and aggressive fighter making them a favorite of Lake Hartwell fishermen. Bait includes shad and blueback herring. A limit of 10 total Hybrid and Striped Bass applies.
  • STRIPED BASS - The granddaddy of sport fish in Lake Hartwell, Stripers range up to the recent (2/2002) record of 59-1/2 lbs with a "Typical" catch ranging from 3 to 10 lbs. Fish in the 15 to 30 lb. range are routinely caught. Preferred bait is blue back herring. Striped bass will sometimes push schools of bait fish to the surface then feed in a frenzy. A limit of 10 total Hybrid and Striped Bass applies.

Fishing Brochure:

Fishing Page:

2006 South Carolina Fish Consumption Advisories -
South Carolina Fishing Trends -

Georgia Fishing License -
Georgia Fishing Regulations -

Georgia Fish Consumption Guidelines -
Georgia Fish Identification -

Fishing Reports:
South Carolina Fishing Trends -
Fish'n & Hunt'n Reports Hartwell -
Fish'n & Hunt'n Reports Keowee/Jocassee -
Ken Sturdivant -

FISHING GUIDES & GUIDE SERVICES - If you offer guide service on Lake Hartwell, Keowee, or Jocassee e-mail us at and we will add your name.
Blue Ridge Guide Service: Fishing and waterfall tours on Lake Jocassee 864-638-9433
Buster Green: Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee South Carolina - 864-277-2463
Cain Waller Lunkers Guide Service: Lake Hartwell - Hybrid/Striper/Largemouth - 706-376-4407 cell: 706-436-3190
Captain Don's Guide Service: Fishing, waterfall tours, moonlight cruises on Lake Jocassee 864-944-9016
Capt. Bill's Fishing Adventures:  877-307-3079
Charles Bolt Guide Service: Hybrid & Striper fishing on Lake Hartwell 864-338-8036
Charlie Browns Guide Service - Hybrid/Striper trips on Lake Hartwell - 864-338-5197
Chip Hamilton Guide Service
Cottons Guide Service:
Doug Kalish : (770) 617-0037 :
Fish, Inc:  Lake Jocassee  864-844-9292
Fish Tail Adventures 864-346-1196
Fish Tails Guide Service: 6-C Hartwell Villas Anderson  SC (864)260-9932
Greg's Guide Service: Striper & Hybrid - Lakes Hartwell & Clarks Hill - Day 706-245-8348 - Night 706-245-4906
Harold Nash Lake Lanier Guide Service
Flowery Branch 770/967-6582
Outdoor Adventures Guide Service: Bass fishing guide - Box 27, Hull, GA.   (706) 788 2614
Rodbender's Guide Service: http//
Phil Whitt Guide Service: - Striper and Hybrid fishing on Lake Hartwell & Lake Russell 864-224-5673
Preston Harden 706-255-5622
Rick Owen  864-356-7271
Rich Fowlers Striper Guide Service
(864) 979-7684
Tony's Guide Service: Large mouth bass all year on Hartwell & Russell (706) 779-2234               E-mail:            864-622-9088