|Welcome back, stripers
37 Views - Posted: October 16 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.
|Fall fishing is on the way
177 Views - Posted: September 15 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.
|You can beat the heat
238 Views - Posted: August 15 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.
|Fish are here, anglers aren’t
214 Views - Posted: July 17 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.
|June offers consistency
258 Views - Posted: June 16 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.
|If it swims, it’s biting
360 Views - Posted: May 15 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.
|April action is wide open
351 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 ‘moving’ month
460 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.
|Time to flip a few birds
553 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.
|Stripers, blue cats are on
1051 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.
|Cool kids: stripers, catfish
625 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.
|It’s surface striper time
657 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 is a busy month
850 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.
|A good-tasting ‘stake’
754 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.