Santee Cooper Fishing Report  & Weather Report
Santee Cooper Fishing & Weather Report
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Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing
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Phone 843-685-1832
Lake Marion is at 75.6, just over a foot below full pool, and Lake Moultrie is at 75.3, a couple of inches below full pool.

Bream & Crappie:  Good
Crappie: Crappie fishing remains strong on both lakes, and his boat has been catching 50-60 fish per day. While basically all of the fish appear to be post-spawn, not all of the fish have left shallow water yet. However, fishing brush in 7-20 feet of water has been most productive.

Bream:  As water temperatures warm up again they will move shallow again, and the best bet is to look for fish around shallow cover in 1 ½ – 4 feet of water. They won’t always be looking for sand and sometimes the fish will be spawning in the middle of lily pads or other cover. Bluegills are in the shallow brushpiles waiting for the next full moon to move up and spawn.

Largemouth Bass:  Good
Most fish have already spawned but some are still spawning, and there should be another spawning wave on the next full moon in May. Most fishing activity is in less than 6 feet of water right now, and there should be good numbers of fish up shallow through June. Soft plastics, topwater lures and frogs will all catch fish.

Catfish:  Fair
Catfishing has picked up a bit drifting with cut bait in deep water, but the fish remains pretty slow in the shallows – particularly on the upper end of Lake Marion.

Striped Bass: Good
The spawn is underway and striper fishing is good in the river, on the flats and on the upper end of Lake Marion out of Pack’s Landing. This area should continue to produce through May, with cut and live bait both working. More keeper-sized 26- plus inch fish have been caught recently.

Fishing reports for other lakes around South Carolina
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Tips for Giant Winter Blue Catfish
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: