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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
70 Views - Posted: April 14 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
186 Views - Posted: March 14 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
229 Views - Posted: February 14 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
723 Views - Posted: January 16 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.


Catfishing is typically great this month. Cool kids: stripers, catfish
328 Views - Posted: December 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

The weather will be cool in December, but the fishing at Santee Cooper typically get’s hot for at least a couple of species: striper and catfish.


Guide Kevin Davis battles a Santee Cooper striped bass at dusk — a favorite time for schooling action on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. It’s surface striper time
364 Views - Posted: November 14, 2013 at 3:00 am

Several very strong fishing patterns are in place in November for anglers to enjoy on the Santee Cooper lakes, but one species really seems to stand out for most, and that’s the striped bass. According to most guides, the fishing is improved in the sense of more large fish are typically caught, as well as vastly improved topwater schooling action.


October fishing is excellent for blue catfish on the Santee Cooper lakes, as this 30-pounder taken out  of Black’s Camp testifies. October is a busy month
421 Views - Posted: October 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

A lot is going on in the Santee Cooper lakes this month. In fact, October is one of the most productive seasons for a variety of species, according to several guides.


Dan Turner and Dan Floyd show off a pair of keeper-sized stripers from Santee Cooper, where the fishery is in full recovery mode. A good-tasting ‘stake’
481 Views - Posted: September 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

Striper fishing on Lake Marion or Lake Moultrie has been closed since June, and won’t open until October, but there has been much work behind the scenes this summer.


Guide Inky Davis caught this chunky August bass in heavy cover on Lake Marion. Don’t quit, beat the heat
401 Views - Posted: August 16, 2013 at 9:00 am
Excellent fishing opportunities abound on the Santee Cooper lakes in August, despite the hot and humid weather. One thing we can’t do is keep stripers, so keep that in mind while fishing. Even if you catch them while fishing for other species, you must release them immediately.

Drifting cut bait in deep water will produce nice blue catfish on Lake Moultrie in July. Turn to summer patterns
683 Views - Posted: July 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
July is a month for consistency and patterns at both Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. The fishing is excellent for both crappie and catfish in deeper water, and largemouth bass action is still excellent in the shallows — although they will often be found quite tight to cover. Good bream fishing will be found around weeds or tree cover in the 3- to 5-foot depths, but catching limits of fish will usually require more effort and moving in terms of success from previous months of lots of bedding fish action. Also, fishermen will score well fishing at night for catfish and crappie, especially for the big flatheads in Lake Marion.

June is a great time to catch big catfish on either of the Santee Cooper lakes. It’s hot, but so is fishing
525 Views - Posted: June 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
Striper season officially shuts down from June through September, so the focus moves to other species, but there’s plenty of fish that continue to bite well throughout the summer.

Guide Buster Rush caught this Lake Marion crappie on a jig. May fishing breaks loose
946 Views - Posted: May 20, 2013 at 9:00 am
May is diversity month for Santee Cooper, and it brings out some of the very best fishing for a wide variety of species around Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie.

Shellcracker fishing picks up in April, and Kevin Davis has a great stringer to show off from the shallows of Lake Moultrie. Fish shallow, young man!
1006 Views - Posted: April 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
There’s one time of the year when most species of gamefish — and most any fish species, in fact — are roaming the shallows of Santee Cooper’s Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. April is “the” month when shallow-water fishing rules the day.

Steve Pack caught this nice striper in the river near Pack’s Landing. March is breakout month
1274 Views - Posted: March 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
Fishing is certainly a year-round activity on the Santee Cooper lakes, but March is the month when there is literally something biting for almost everyone. The largemouth bass are in high gear, the stripers and catfish are biting great. Crappie are being taken in the swamp, and shellcracker action is getting in gear in shallow water.

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