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 75.2, about a foot and a half below full pool, and Lake Moultrie is at 75.0, about six inches below full pool. Water temperatures are climbing fast.

Bream & Crappie:  Good
Crappie: Crappie have moved up shallow into the backs of creeks, and they can be caught around the edges in 3-8 feet of water. The best advice is to anchor and then cast jigs and minnows towards the target depth range.

Bream:  For now bream are still out deeper in 15-20 feet of water around brush. They will take crickets.

Shad/ herring: Good.
There has been a very good recreational shad and herring fishery in the rivers this year. Water flow though the dams at St. Stephens and Jeffries is critical to keep the fish oriented to the current and striking Sabiki rigs and small jigs/ grubs.

Largemouth Bass:  Good
Rapid rise in water temperatures has quickly improved bass fishing on the lakes, and fish are properly in pre-spawn mode. Steve suspects that in the blackwater ponds there are even a few fish already fanning beds, but he has not seen them. Fishing worm and Senkos in 3-6 feet of water in the very backs is the best bet, and as always at this time of year anglers should be cognizant of spawning areas and fish the places that lead to them.

Catfish:  Slow
Catfishing remains slow to fair. While there has been some improved shallow water fishing recently, weather has still been an issue for lots of people who have remained on dry land. For now catfish can be found both deep and shallow, with anchoring the best bet for success. Also try fishing for cats around suspended bait in deep water, or in wind-blown shallow areas.

Striped Bass: Fair
The target depth range is shallow out to about 30 feet of water, and dragging herring on free-lines (and planer boards) has been most productive. There has also been some schooling activity, and contrary to conventional wisdom the best schooling action has come on sunny days. Keep your eyes open for the birds which will tell you everything you need to know about where the fish are located.

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