Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing
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Bream & Crappie: Good
Crappie: Reports are that crappie fishing has been strong around relatively shallow brush in 12-18 feet of water. Fish are suspended about 7-12 feet down where they will take both jigs and minnows. Most days his boat has been able to catch a limit.
Bream: As the water is cooling bream are in transition, and some nice bluegill have moved out of shallow water and towards offshore brush (where his boat is landing some as a by-catch while crappie fishing). Target bluegill with crickets around brushpiles in 15-20 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bass fishing activity is light to non-existent on the Santee Cooper lakes right now. If anglers are willing to put in a lot of time fish may be catchable around cypress trees, but there is no easy pattern right now. Many fish are probably out deeper following bait schools where they are more difficult to target. In the Santee and Cooper Rivers there is better bass fishing right now.
There is a slight improvement in catfishing, particularly night fishing at anchor. During the day he also reports some decent success; anchoring early and then drifting during the day has produced blues in the 18-30 pound range. Jim notes that the bite should improve in the cooler months ahead, although he reminds anglers that the decline in the population of blue catfish means that fewer bites are likely even during good conditions.
Striped Bass: Closed
Striped bass fishing is closed until Oct 1
In Santee Cooper -From June 1st to September 30th, it is unlawful to take, attempt to take, or to possess striped bass. Striped bass taken must be returned immediately to the waters from where it came.
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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....