Crappie/Striper Report March 7, 2011

by doug

Headed out to Lake Hartwell Tuesday after receiving a good report from my buddy Preston Hardin who guides on Hartwell.  Monday Preston caught around 40 stripers and hybrids in mixed  schoolslate Monday afternoon. We got up on Hartwell around 10.30 a.m. and tried to crappie fish first. Preston said all the striper action has been late in the afternoon so we decided to give the crappie a try with no luck at all. The creeks where we have been catching the crappies have all muddied up, you could track coons in the backs of the creeks they were so muddy.  We tried to look for crappie in other areas of the lake  but no action.  All the crappies are in the backs of the creeks  on Hartwell and that’s where all the mud has come in from last weeks rain. The crappie action should kick back in after the water settles which usually takes 3-5 day’s. Around 2:00 p.m. we went out on the main river and saw gulls starting to work small schools of stripers and hybrids. We ended up catching around 15 hybrids and stripers in the 3-5 pound range. We hooked a couple of good stripers that we never turned.  we even caught one largemouth around 7 pounds and several others around 4-5 lbs.All the stripers hit 1/4 ounce bucktails and 1/4 ounnce lead heads with small zoom pearle flukes. I will be on Lanier tomorrow and will report back  then. Will be interesting to see what all the rain did to Lanier. At least we have a full lake.

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