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Fishingís tops, no fooling

April is the month when almost every species of fish that spawns is in skinny water: †largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, stripers, shellcrackers and bream. Stripers are shallow in the sense they are running up the river to spawn and in fact, many are caught in the Pack’s and Elliott’s flats areas adjacent to the river.

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April 15 at 9:00 am
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Canít go wrong in March - Blue cats, stripers, largemouth, crappie are hot

Fishing is good year-round at Santee Cooper, but March is the one month where almost every popular species is on the move.†

The big, blue catfish are moving to the shallows, as are hawg largemouth and slab crappie. Stripers are moving throughout both lakes, with two prime locations being the Diversion Canal and the upper end of Lake Marion.†

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March 15 at 9:00 am
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February is moving time - Most fish begin to head shallow or upriver

Ol’ Man Winter may still have his icy hand on the weather on occasion, but by February, some fish species on Santee Cooper are a bit too shallow-minded to care.†

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February 15 at 9:00 am
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Donít give up on January

January may be the coldest month, but it does put some fish into definable patterns that enable anglers make the most of the cold weather that usually greets the new year. The best action actually begins in the upper end of Lake Marion.

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January 15 at 9:00 am
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Donít take the month off - Santee Cooper fish are on as holidays near

December doldrums don’t exist at Santee Cooper in terms of good fishing opportunities. Hot action is the norm on both lakes for stripers, catfish, crappie and largemouth bass. The big question — as we learned in early October — is whether conditions such as rain and wind curtail typically great fishing in December.

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December 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Itís big-fish season again at the Santee Cooper lakes

November is an overlooked and underappreciated time at the Santee Cooper lakes. As good as October was in terms of catching fish and seeing a lot of deer, the action improves this month with larger fish getting on a strong bite and big deer moving during the rut. It’s “go” time.

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November 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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October is for everyone

October gets a lot of love in the Santee Cooper area, and not all of it has to do with fishing. Deer season is open, and deer are being harvested, but the pre-rut and rut phases are about to rocket into overdrive and put bucks on the move. It’s a strong temptation for many to be in the woods with cooler weather and increased buck activity.

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October 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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September: a full plate

Fish are biting in the Santee Cooper lakes, but we’re at the time of year when some of the best hunting in South Carolina takes place as well. The very popular alligator season will attract a lot of attention from those with alligator tags on and around the lakes, which are divided into two distinct areas, both known for producing huge alligators.

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September 17, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Dog days can be for cats

August may be known as the dog days, but it’s actually a great time for cats, too, especially the big blues and flatheads of the Santee Cooper. Excellent largemouth and bream action on both lakes also provide opportunities if you know where and how to find them.

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August 17, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Deep thinking required

Summer patterns have settled in on the Santee Cooper lakes, and that’s not a bad situation. When the water heats up and the sun bears down, some species will get into very reliable patterns in deeper water.†

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July 16, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Donít put tackle away

Striper season officially shuts down on the Santee Cooper lakes from June through September, so anglers will focus on other fish for the next four months. Striper fishermen had a strong spring, and prospects for a good return fall and winter are excellent.

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June 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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May is hard to beat

If there’s one month when just about every angler with a piscatorial preference can find something he or she likes, it would be May.†

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May 14, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Not singing the blues yet

he big news for April is that the South Carolina General Assembly passed a bill last fall changing how blue catfish will be managed in the Santee Cooper reservoirs, and the changes will take effect April 1.

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April 16, 2015 at 9:00 am
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March is big-fish month

If there is such a thing as a normal winter, March is the time when big fish of several species bite the best. Largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and often shellcrackers all get into the mix.

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March 18, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Adjust and catch fish

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.

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February 16, 2015 at 9:00 am
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January is big-fish time

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.

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January 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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