Hartwell: Level: 8 feet low. Temp: 78 degrees. Clarity: Clear.
Stripers: Guide Preston Harden reports, “After a great summer of striper and hybrid fishing, I think it will only get better this fall. My two favorite plugs for surface-feeding fish in the fall are a Sebile Magic Swimmer in white and a Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost minnow. Remember to use a net and pliers, or be prepared to get hooked. I also pinch the barbs on these plugs.”
Bass: Guide Preston Harden reports, “Bass should also hit the same plugs the stripers and hybrids will. Drop shots and shaky heads are also options if you see them on your sonar. Watch out for turning water in October. Look around for greener water, and try to stay away from brownish water. This usually happens after some cold weather. It will get better with stable weather.”