|Time to flip a few birds
106 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
635 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
240 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
297 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
344 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’
413 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.
|Don’t quit, beat the heat
352 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.
|Turn to summer patterns
606 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.
|It’s hot, but so is fishing
451 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.
|May fishing breaks loose
801 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.
|Fish shallow, young man!
917 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.
|March is breakout month
1139 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.
|Santee up for a change
1202 Views - Posted: February 18, 2013 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
1090 Views - Posted: January 21, 2013 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.
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