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Whitey Outlaw uses tiny Roadrunners on light spinning tackle to catch big February bass. Adjust and catch fish
82 Views - Posted: February 16 at 9:00 am

February is an overlooked month in terms of quality fishing at Santee Cooper. Frequently changing weather causes fishing patterns to change quickly, but for anglers who adjust to cold fronts and can fish deep and shallow or adapt from a slow presentation to a fast presentation, February is a great time for quality fish.

Deep holes and channels in Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie will hold stripers this month. January is big-fish time
214 Views - Posted: January 15 at 9:00 am

Fishing can still be very good in January on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie despite the typical cold weather, especially for catfish and stripers. One of the best species for consistent action is catfish; more than one way of finding and catching these fish will work in January.

Fishing for big blue catfish can be excellent on both Santee Cooper lakes in December. Hooray for the holidays!
186 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

The rapid cooling of the water temperature in December is not a problem for several species of fish on the Santee Cooper lakes. In fact, some guides say it actually does wonders to improve the fishing.

Guide Kevin Davis caught this nice striper from Lake Marion last November. Say thanks for strong bite
184 Views - Posted: November 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

Despite the cooling weather in November, the fishing action seems to just simply get better for a variety of species on the Santee Cooper lakes. In addition to good action, the potential for heavyweight fish also increases.

Guide Joe Dennis looks forward to the opening of striped bass season on the Santee Cooper lakes, finding fish suspended around baitfish. Welcome back, stripers
268 Views - Posted: October 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

The striper fishing on both Santee Cooper lakes, closed for four months, opens on Oct. 1, and many Santee Cooper fishermen celebrate it as many would any dove or deer opener.

Crappie will be deep but biting through September on Lake Marion, according to guide Buster Rush. Fall fishing is on the way
275 Views - Posted: September 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

Fishing takes a step forward in September, with improved action on a variety of species. With even just slightly cooler temperatures, the fishing for largemouth bass improves, especially in terms of topwater schooling action, and these fish begin chasing forage much more aggressively. That means anglers can get more aggressive with their fishing styles.

Capt. Joe Dennis shows off a mixed stinger of big bluegill and shellcrackeres, typical of what he catches in the Santee and Cooper rivers this month. You can beat the heat
442 Views - Posted: August 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

With hot weather beating down, one of the keys to success will be the ability to diversify your fishing and take advantage of what’s biting. August is hot and humid, but plenty of excellent fishing action occurs in Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie and the Santee and Cooper rivers downstream. Getting into that moving water below the dams is often the ticket to success.

Catfish action can be as hot as the weather on the Santee Cooper lakes, especially in the Diversion Canal. Fish are here, anglers aren’t
324 Views - Posted: July 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

Fishing is as hot as the summer sun in July, but the fishing action in terms of angler participation seems to slack off a bit.

Guide Billy Salmon catches plenty of big catfish like this one  in June on the Santee Cooper lakes. June offers consistency
366 Views - Posted: June 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

Although striper season is closed for four months, there’s still plenty of great action on several species at Santee Cooper. According to guides, the fish begin to get into more-reliable, warm-weather patterns, and some species — such as crappie — begin to consistently hold on brush in open water along deeper drops and ledges. The fishing for these fish can been sensational in June and throughout the summer and fall.

Guide Chris Orvin said the Santee Cooper lakes and the Santee and Cooper rivers are blue catfish hotspots this month. If it swims, it’s biting
530 Views - Posted: May 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

There are times when almost anything worth catching is biting, and May is one of those months at Santee Cooper. From bedding bream, bass in the shallows, good striper fishing throughout both lakes and huge catfish and crappie being caught, there’s something for just about everyone.

This 27-inch striper proves that Steve Pack knows a little bit about how good fishing can be in April. April action is wide open
481 Views - Posted: April 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

April is one of the most eagerly anticipated months on the Santee Cooper lakes, and with good reason. A lot of popular fish are biting extremely well, and a lot of them are moving to shallow water.  Action on both Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie is excellent for a wide variety of species.

March is a great time to catch big bass on the Santee Cooper lakes; this hawg came from Lake Moultrie. March is ‘moving’ month
614 Views - Posted: March 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

March is a month when a lot of big things are happening on the Santee Cooper lakes. Some huge largemouth will be caught as they move to the shallows, the stripers begin their annual run up the lake and into the river, and crappie fishing gets into high gear. Of course, the catfish will bite, and some shellcrackers are usually taken late in the month. 

Probably the biggest news for many will be the great largemouth fishing in the shallow waters of both lakes. 

Guide Andy Pack said February is a great month to catch big crappie in the upper end of Lake Marion. Time to flip a few birds
698 Views - Posted: February 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

Some of the biggest news this month is the hunting season for cormorants, set to begin on Feb. 2. Of no surprise to local fishermen, Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie are overwhelmed with cormorants. The great quantity of fish these birds consume has apparently caused concerns regarding the forage base in the lakes, as well as other natural resources.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources announced plans for a cormorant season nearly two months long to start after the close of duck season. According to SCDNR’s Derrell Shipes, double-crested cormorants may be taken beginning Feb. 2 and ending March 31. Legal hours begin 30 minutes before sunrise and end 30 minutes after sunset. Cormorants are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act; taking them or similar species without a permit or by methods, or in areas, not prescribed by permit, is strictly prohibited.

When water temperatures on the Santee Cooper lakes drop low enough to shut off the striped bass, blue catfish take their place. Stripers, blue cats are on
1260 Views - Posted: January 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

Some outdoorsmen around the Santee Cooper lakes believe that January is just a slow-motion repeat of December. However there’s actually much more to it than that.