Lake Hartwell produced the South Carolina state record striped bass. While stripers are native to salt water, they naturally migrate into fresh water streams to spawn. Their eggs must remain in motion in order to hatch so the fresh water rivers and streams become the ideal spawning grounds for stripers. Landlocked stripers then populate the lakes. By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species. When fishing for stripers concentrate on the deeper waters in the lake. If you can locate schools of shad, stripers are often close by.
But fishing success moderated for several years, but over the past several years the lake has again revived into a strong striper fishery. Justin Whiteside, a striper and catfish guide, said the period from summer into the fall can provide exceptional striper fishing at Wateree. He credits the revitalization of the fishery to a larger number of stripers being consistently stocked and a healthy forge base.