Lake Hartwell Professional Review and Guide
"Lake Hartwell is a 55,950-acre USACE reservoir on the Savannah River in northeast Georgia. The lake receives moderate fishing pressure and is good angling for largemouth bass, crappie, and other species. Like most reservoirs constructed with flood control in mind, Lake Hartwell undergoes a winter drawdown every year. The lake is usually down 10 to 12 feet by mid-December and reaches full pool again in March. Lake Hartwell is one of the most visited USACE lakes in the United States, but fishing pressure is surprisingly light despite the good access and excellent angling.
Largemouth bass are one of the most popular species in the lake, but there is also decent fishing for redeye bass, which is unusual since redeye are a stream species and typically do not do well in reservoirs. Lake Hartwell is known for numbers of bass instead of size. The lake has produced largemouth bass weighing in the double digits, but they are very rare; anything more than 4 pounds is a good catch. Key species: largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, striped bass, crappie, channel catfish."