|It’s surface striper time
112 Views - Posted: November 14 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
180 Views - Posted: October 15 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’
264 Views - Posted: September 16 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.
|Don’t quit, beat the heat
238 Views - Posted: August 16 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.
|Turn to summer patterns
415 Views - Posted: July 18 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.
|It’s hot, but so is fishing
367 Views - Posted: June 18 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.
|May fishing breaks loose
522 Views - Posted: May 20 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.
|Fish shallow, young man!
698 Views - Posted: April 18 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.
|March is breakout month
850 Views - Posted: March 18 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.
|Santee up for a change
924 Views - Posted: February 18 at 9:00 am
February fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes can be likened to the calm before the storm, except the winds of change are already blowing a bit of a breeze. This month, patterns typically change for the better when several popular species begin the transition from winter patterns to prespawn, shallow-water migrations. For largemouth bass, stripers, catfish and crappie, February offers good opportunities.
|Dial up cold Santee cats
842 Views - Posted: January 21 at 9:00 am
Cold weather certainly doesn’t end good fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes; it actually triggers some outstanding fishing for some species — and the blue catfish is right at the top of that list. While January can certainly get cold, the weather triggers some exceptionally good fishing if you know where and what to do.
One of the favored targets of guides and local experts on both Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie is catfish, with the blue catfish being the prime target for most fishermen.
|Cold? So what, fish bite!
788 Views - Posted: December 26, 2012 at 9:00 am
The shift to colder water temperatures and colder weather this month doesn’t put an end to fishing on Santee Cooper. For some species, the action is really heating up as the water temperature drops. Striper schooling, along with catfish catching, are both usually great. The largemouth action can be very good. Although it may be slower than the previous two months of fast-paced action, some big bass are now being caught.
According to guide Marlin Ormseth of Moncks Corner, some of the most-consistent action on Lake Moultrie in December is the blue catfish bite.
|The choice is yours
904 Views - Posted: November 19, 2012 at 9:00 am
November is a favorite month for local outdoorsmen around the Santee Cooper lakes because of the great diversity of excellent fishing and hunting opportunities. It all comes together this month. The fishing is outstanding, and deer hunting reaches the peak of rut activity. Plus, small-game seasons open this month, and with several WMAs around and near the lakes, there more than ample opportunities for hunting as well as fishing.
|Fall fishing is promising
935 Views - Posted: October 22, 2012 at 9:00 am
The fall months provide spectacular fishing at the Santee Cooper lakes, but October seems to be the special month for most local fishermen. The weather has cooled, baitfish are bunched and the fish are basically on a full-time feeding frenzy — plus, the striper season opens on Oct. 1 after a 4-month summer closure.
Kevin Davis owns and guides out of Blacks Camp on the Diversion Canal/Lake Moultrie; he is super-excited about this fall’s striper fishing.
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