Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing
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Bream & Crappie: Very Good
Crappie: Crappie fishing in the Santee Cooper lakes is still strong, but as expected seasonally everything is starting to move deeper. The best action has been coming fishing 18-24 feet down over deep brush with minnows.
Bream: Bluegill remain bunched up around brushpiles and continue to feed well, but like the crappie they have moved deeper. Fishing crickets 20-25 feet down over brush in 25-35 feet of water has been the best pattern, with crappie found on some of the same brush. Bluegill are generally a bit more aggressive than crappie so the best bet for anglers targeting crappie is to move on to the next brushpile if they start catching bream. The lower lake has been a little better for bream recently.
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Up until recently bass fishing had been pretty good around typical shoreline habitat, and there had been reports of good numbers of fish caught up shallow on spinnerbaits. However, as water temperatures have continued to drop fishing has slowed in the shallows. There have been some reports of improved fishing around deeper, offshore structure.
The gradual seasonal movement of bait into deeper water is underway. Blue catfish are biting pretty well most days in and around the big schools of bait in both Lakes Marion and Moultrie. Both anchoring and slow drifting will catch fish, and both cut shad and herring are working.
Striped Bass: Good
Striped bass fishing has been good in both lakes. Although sub-legal fish certainly continue to outnumber legal fish, some fish over 26 inches have been caught. Anglers can catch fish by locating suspended schools of bait on their electronics and then fishing in or around these schools. Trolling or anchoring with live baits has been productive, and drifting weighted down-lines or free-lining is also a good way to prospect for striper.
Up to date fishing information for freshwater fishing in lakes Jocassee, Keowee, Hartwell, Russell, Thurmond, Wylie, Greenwood, Monticello, Wateree & Murray.
Winter is prime time to catch a giant blue catfish. "Big blues actually become more aggressive once the water temperature dips below 40 degrees," says Jim Moyer, a veteran guide from Clarksville, Tenn., who has bagged cats close to 80 pounds during winter. "I've had fast action on monster blues in water as cold as 35 degrees." Here's his plan:
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Brown trout are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts and the brook trout is the most sensitive to temperature....