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Guide Joe Dennis has been catching plenty of big Lake Moultrie crappie in relatively shallow water. Shallow Lake Moultrie crappie bite surprises some, but not Bonneau guide
1204 Views - Posted: January 22 at 5:51 am

Joe Dennis with Santee Cooper Charters in Bonneau has been mauling slab crappie in shallow water at Lake Moultrie for the past couple of weeks. That wouldn’t be big news in March, but in January, that’s something special for fishermen.

Anglers neednít fear winterís cold water, relying instead on white perch and crappie to fill their coolers. Panfish, which feed more frequently in cold water, will be keying on dying schools of bait on deep water flats through the winter. Forget the cold! Catch white perch, crappie around schools of threadfin shad
831 Views - Posted: January 20 at 9:33 am

Freshwater anglers who think the recent cold snaps have signaled the end of fishing until spring need to set their sights on white perch and crappie. As surface temperatures on many lakes in South Carolina’s Upstate dip below 48 degrees, baitfish such as threadfin shad will gang up in huge schools in deeper areas and will begin dying as temperatures decline.

Deep holes and channels in Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie will hold stripers this month. January is big-fish time
88 Views - Posted: January 15 at 9:00 am

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.

Jimmy Holbrook and his wife, Layla, hold the 90-pound blue catfish Holbrook caught from Lake Moultrie before releasing the fish back to the water. Georgia man strikes gold with 90-pound blue catfish from Lake Moultrie
19592 Views - Posted: January 13 at 6:52 pm

Jimmy Holbrook of Gibson, Ga., was fishing alone on Jan. 2 when he scored the fish of a lifetime, a 90-pound blue catfish from Lake Moultrie that he later was able to release alive.

Chuck Porter caught this nice Lake Wateree blue catfish drifting shad over a big pod of baitfish he was marking on his depth finder. Stripers have turned off at Wateree, but a great blue catfish bite has taken over
1022 Views - Posted: January 08 at 9:42 pm

A funny thing happened during a hunt for schooling stripers on Lake Wateree for veteran fisherman Chuck Porter. It turns out the recent rains and dingy water pouring through Lake Wateree seem to have slowed down the stripers but turned the catfish action on big time.

Thomas Allen caught this 45-pound blue catfish and 3 1/2-pound crappie on a Jan. 2 trip to Lake Moultrie. Kid's big day at Lake Moultrie includes two big citation catches
3332 Views - Posted: January 06 at 7:51 pm

A good day on Lake Moultrie is catching a 2-pound crappie. A 25-pound catfish also makes for a memorable day. So Thomas Allen of John’s Island, fishing on a Jan. 2 trip on Lake Moultrie with his father, Greg, and guide Kevin Davis out of Black’s Camp in Cross, had a really memorable day, landing a 3 Ĺ-pound crappie and a 45-pound blue catfish.

Gracen Melhorn, 8, caught this 60-pound, 9-ounce blue catfish from Lake Wateree on New Year's Day. Young NC angler lands 60-pound blue cat from Lake Wateree
2059 Views - Posted: January 06 at 7:16 am

An “horrible day of fishing” is how Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton, N.C., described a New Year’s Day catfishing trip to Lake Wateree. During the outing, he and his 8-year-old son, Gracen, only got six bites. Fortunately for the Gracen Melhorn, one of those bites was from a blue catfish that tipped the scales at 60 pounds, 9 ounces.

Guide Rodger Taylor loves to target big blue catfish in the backs of creeks where he can find baitfish in shallow water. Six keys to catching big winter blue cats in South Carolina lakes
744 Views - Posted: December 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

Fishermen who target catfish equate winter as the prime time to catch some outlandish-size blue catfish. Cold weather and big blues are a natural fit in South Carolina.

Matt Morgan and Kent Watson stick to a careful game plan when they're hunting down winter crappies, especially on a lake they're not familiar with. Here are six super tips on catching winter crappie
1784 Views - Posted: December 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

Crappie fishing is extremely popular in the Carolinas, and what better way to spend the cold months than catching slab crappie.†Here’s what two of the Southeast’s top crappie fishermen do when going to a new lake to find crappie.

SCDNR stocked around 13,000 brown trout and another 5,400 rainbows in the Saluda River near Columbia on Tuesday. SCDNR makes huge trout stocking in Saluda River near Columbia
1523 Views - Posted: December 19, 2014 at 6:55 am

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources stocked approximately 18,400 rainbow and brown trout into the lower Saluda River near Columbia on Dec. 16 using a helicopter and a specialized lift bucket. Of that total, 13,000 are brown trout and 5,400 are rainbow trout for a total more than 3,000 pounds.

Fishing for big blue catfish can be excellent on both Santee Cooper lakes in December. Hooray for the holidays!
112 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

The rapid cooling of the water temperature in December is not a problem for several species of fish on the Santee Cooper lakes. In fact, some guides say it actually does wonders to improve the fishing.

Guide Preston Harden loves to catch Lake Hartwell stripers on a fly rod and a small Clouser. Big Hartwell stripers on the fly
104 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

One of guide Preston Harden’s personal favorite techniques for catching stripers this month is with a fly rod.†

Crappie pro Whitey Outlaw of St. Matthews shows off a tremendous catch of Lake Moultrie slabs. Deep brush, fish attractors producing plenty of slab crappie at Lake Moultrie
1686 Views - Posted: December 14, 2014 at 7:01 pm

At a time of year when some anglers begin to cool off on crappie fishing, the slabs are figuratively “on fire” at Santee Cooper’s Lake Moultrie.

Guide Buddy Bouknight said striper fishing on Lake Murray has been great from the Dreher Island area all the way up the Midlands lake. Lake Murray stripers putting on a show from Dreher Island up the lake
1798 Views - Posted: December 02, 2014 at 8:20 am

The striped bass are in a migration mode at Lake Murray, and the fishing from Dreher Inland up has been excellent. According to guide Buddy Bouknight, the fishing should stay good and possibly improve over the next few weeks.