lake hartwell fishing

fishing on Lake Hartwell

If you enjoy a day (or night) of sport fishing, then Lake Hartwell will become one of your favorite destinations. Did you know that the record for a Striped Bass caught in Lake Hartwell was an astounding 59.5 pounds? We can’t guarantee you that you will catch a record, but Stripers in the 15 to 30 pound range are caught routinely and that is definitely a fish tale for your friends. Lake Hartwell also has Bluegill, Redbreast, Pumpkinseed and Shellcracker as well as Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass and Hybrid Bass. So no matter what your favorite type of fishing, from a day with the kids to a day in pursuit of that trophy lunker, Lake Hartwell delivers.

An agreement between GA and SC permits fishing on Lake Hartwell with a license from either state. For GA fishing regulations see For SC fishing regulations see

To check out the most current fishing trends:

Fishing Guides
Capt. Bill’s Fishing Adventures, LLC
864-287-2120 or 864 230-7363
$200 – $350, under 12 free, limit 2 children
Fish Jocassee
Fish Tale Guide Service
$200 – $350
Jocassee Charters
Up-Close Outfitters
Guided full day or night fishing trips
Rick’s Guide Service

Georgia Hartwell Region | Georgia Toccoa Region | South Carolina Clemson Region | South Carolina Anderson Region

Georgia Hartwell Region
Sandy Creek Park
400 Holman Rd
Athens, GA 30607
On Lake Chapman, opened Tues. through Sun., hours vary by season), park entrance fee is $2 per person (kids under 4 and seniors are free) and disc golf fee is $1 per person. This pleasant park has a beach, playground, fishing pier, tent camping sites, dog runs, picnic area, horse trails, boat ramp, hiking trails, disc golf course, seasonal inexpensive canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals; basketball and tennis courts.
Watson Mill Bridge
State Park

650 Watson Mill Rd
Comer, GA 30629
3 miles South of Comer, on GA Hwy 22
You can see an 1880’s covered bridge while hiking on one of the easy trails that start at the concessions area, picnic area, campsites, horse stalls, horse trails, no horse rentals, bike trail, fishing, canoe and pedal boat rentals.
Hart State Park
330 Hart Rd.
Hartwell, GA
North of Hartwell on Hwy 29, turn left on Ridge Rd and go 2 miles
On Lake Hartwell: 78 tent, trailer and RV sites, electrical/water, 5 lake side cabins, picnic areas, restrooms, playground, 2 swimming beaches, 2 boat ramps, docks, store, canoe, Jon boat and pontoon boat seasonal rentals, fishing, hiking and biking (1.5 mile multi-use trail).
Hart State Park
Georgia Toccoa Region
Moccasin Creek State Park
3655 GA Hwy 197
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Near the Lake Burton Fish Hatchery
On Lake Burton, hiking, RV and tent camping, boat ramp, dock, wheelchair accessible fishing pier, playground, seasonal canoe/Jon boat rental and fishing
Lake Lanier Islands
700 Holiday Td
Lake Lanier Islands, GA 30518
Hotel, water park, 18 hole golf course, houseboat rentals, camping, fishing pier, boat rentals, beach and horseback riding.
Unicoi State Park
Hwy 356
Helen, GA
Lake with a beach, rental canoe and pedal boats, several hiking trails, fishing streams, camp sites, lighted tennis courts, playgrounds, a lodge, cabins and a restaurant. You can hike from the Little Creek Campground to Anna Ruby Falls, it’s 4.6 miles one way (it is easier to hike down from Anna Ruby to Unicoi). There is also a 3 mile trail that goes to Helen.
On Lake Hartwell
Tugaloo State Park

1763 Tugaloo State Park Rd.
Lavonia, GA 30553
Exit 173 off I-85, follow signs
On Lake Hartwell, 108 camp sites, most are on a wooded peninsula with great lake views, RV, cable TV, electrical/water, dump station, store, 20 lakeside cottages (some have private boat docks!), 5 primitive camp sites, swimming beach, tennis courts, picnic areas, playground, fishing, 2 boat ramps, 4 miles of hiking trails, miniature golf, volleyball, horseshoes and seasonal canoe rentals.
tallulah gorge state park Tallulah Gorge State Park
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
A canyon that is 2 mile long and almost 1,000 feet deep, hiking, mountain biking, 1.7 mile paved “rails to trails” bike path, suspension bridge, lake with a beach, camping, swimming, fishing, tennis and picnic area
Stephens County Recreational Area
From Toccoa go 10 miles on Hwy 123 North
Boat ramp, courtesy dock, restrooms, picnic and fishing area.
stephens county rec area
South Carolina Clemson Region
Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area
19138-A Hwy 11 South,
Fair Play, SC 29643
I-85, exit 1, Hwy 11 toward Walhalla, ½ mile, look for signs
$2 for adults, under 15 free
On Lake Hartwell: 117 camping sites, 2 – one room cabins, RV, electrical/water, dump station, boat ramps, nature trail, fishing, restrooms, picnic area, playground, store, laundry area and they accept reservations. The park’s Information Center displays vintage fishing equipment.
Paris Mountain State Park
2401 State Park Rd (off US 25)
Greenville, SC 29609
5 Miles north of the city, this hillside park has pedal boats on lakes, stocked fishing ponds, picnic areas, biking and hiking trails
oconee state park Oconee State Park
624 State Park Rd.
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
Fishing, swimming, picnicking, carpet golf, boat rentals, RV/tent camping, cabins (most of which are along the park lake and have fireplaces) and hiking trails. They consist of the Lake Trail, which is a 45 min. nature walk around the park’s lake, the Oconee Trail which is an easy to moderate 3 hour round trip hike with lake and beaver pond views, the Old Water Wheel Site Trail which is a moderate 2.5 mile hike and the 3 hour strenuous Tamassee Knob trail, which takes you to the top of Tamassee Mountain and provides great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Sumter National Forest
112 Andrews Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568 (office open Mon. – Fri., 8-12/12:30-4:30 Hiking/riding trails, fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking and rafting. 15 waterfalls, see website or get a map of the area to locate the trails that will lead to some of them. 350 miles of hiking trails are in this forest. Bikes are also allowed on some trails.
Devils Fork State Park
161 Holcombe Cir
Salem, SC 29676
This park offers the only public access to Lake Jocessee. Camp sites, villas, hiking, nature trails, fishing and scuba diving are popular at this park.
Take exit 1 off of I-85, go about 40 minutes, turn left on Jocassee Lake Rd and go 3 more miles.
Duke Power World of Energy
7812 Rochester Hwy
Seneca, SC 29672
Free Open Mon. – Fri. 9am to 5pm, Sat. and Sun. noon – 5pm, closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 800-777-1004
Located on Lake Keowee beside the Oconee Nuclear Plant, from Hwy 123 in Seneca, turn right onto Hwy 130 (next to Ingles). Travel 9 miles to the center on your right.
Handicapped accessible, animated display’s and computer games help you learn about creating energy from natural sources like falling water, coal and uranium. The self guided tour with audio stations takes about 30 minutes. It contains a beautiful night sky, rain clouds, a water wheel and a fish pond all the while teaching about power on a very high educational level. This makes it good for all ages. The adults won’t be bored and the kids will enjoy the displays. There is also a ¼ mile easy to moderate nature path, fishing area, picnic sites, butterfly garden and scenic views of Lake Keowee.
High Falls Park
671 High Falls Rd
Seneca, SC 29672
7am to dark
On Lake Keowee, the 1830 historical Alexander/Cannon/Hill House is here as well as camp sites, boat ramp, fishing pier, miniature golf, playground, horseshoes, volleyball, park store and a softball field.
South Cove Park
Seneca, SC 29672
7am to dark
On Lake Keowee, camp sites, boat ramps, handicapped accessible fishing pier, sandy beach, miniature golf, horseshoes and 4 tennis courts
Keowee-Toxaway State Park
108 Residence Dr.
(SC 11 at SC 133)
Sunset, SC 29685
On Lake Keowee, hike, fish, picnic and visit the small Cherokee Indian Interpretive Center (FREE, open daily 11am – 12 pm and 4 pm-5 pm) where you can learn about the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians, that once lived in the Keowee Valley. Boat ramp and wooded campsites are available and a 3 bedroom cabin on Lake Keowee with a private boat dock. Restrooms are provided by the Interpretive Center. The parks 4 mile Raven Rock hiking trail is strenuous and takes about 3 hours.
Oconee Station State Historic Site
500 Oconee Station Rd
Off of Hwy 11
Walhalla, SC 29691
Tours offered on Sat. and Sun. from 1pm – 5pm
A stone fort built in 1792, to protect the settlers from the Indians, and the 1805 William Richard’s House are located here. Picnicking, fishing, a 1 ½ mile trail that goes around a pond and a tour of the fort and the Richard’s house are available.
Walhalla Fish Hatchery
198 Fish Hatchery Rd (Hwy 107N)
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
FREE, open 8am to 4pm daily, closed Christmas Day and during bad winter weather
Outside, trout are produced here in support of recreational fishing. For 25 cents, you can feed the fish.
Visitors are welcome to fish in East Fork, which runs through the hatchery grounds, walk around the hatchery and/or picnic in areas provided. Public restrooms are available, the best ones are inside the fish hatchery fence. The best time to visit the hatchery is in the fall, when you are able to see more stages in the Trout’s life cycle.
A Hiking trail is accessible from the picnic area. It follows the East Fork River for 2.5 miles until it reaches the Chattooga River, then you can either go up the river 1.7 miles to Ellicott’s Rock or down river 2.1 miles to Burrell’s Ford Campground and parking lot.
Close by is the Chattooga Picnic Area, run by the US Forest Service, which has a barrier free fishing pier on the Chattooga River and is accessible from the parking lot.
south cove county park South Cove County Park
415 S. Pine St.
Walhalla, SC
Between Seneca and Walhalla, on Hwy 28 turn North onto Hwy 188
On Lake Keowee: camping, electric, water, horseshoe pits, fishing, beach, swimming, restrooms, picnic area, playground, tennis, volleyball, 2 boat ramps, a handicapped fishing pier , an antebellum grave yard, no alcohol allowed.
Black Mountain Trout Farm
198 Trout Farm Rd.
Westminster, SC 29693
Call for hours and directions, open April through Oct.,
Thurs., Fri., Sat. and holidays
No license/no limit trout fishing.
Chau Ram County Park
US Hwy 76 North,
near Westminster
7am to dusk
On Chauga River, 40 foot waterfall, suspension bridge, swimming, picnicking, hiking, biking, tubing, canoeing, kayaking (four major sets of rapids lie within the park waters), fishing and camping
BO’s Quick Stop
8835 Toccoa Hwy (123)
Westminster, SC 29693
On Lake Hartwell, a store with a dock. Bo’s is near Stevens Creek Boat Ramp on the GA side of the lake, near the 123 fishing pier.
Bos quick stop
South Carolina Anderson Region
Darwin H Wright Park Darwin H. Wright Park
Close to exit 21 off I-85, go East, off Hwy 178 (Liberty Hwy)
Anderson, SC
Open March – Oct.
On Lake Hartwell: boat ramp and dock, handicapped accessible fishing pier, restrooms, 9 hole disc golf course, picnic area, playground and swimming beach