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Blue catfish in the Santee Cooper system will be managed with new creel and size limits beginning April 1. Not singing the blues yet
22 Views - Posted: April 16 at 9:00 am

he big news for April is that the South Carolina General Assembly passed a bill last fall changing how blue catfish will be managed in the Santee Cooper reservoirs, and the changes will take effect April 1.

Good mapping programs can help fishermen zero in on spots that will potentially hold spring catfish on the Santee Cooper lakes. Utilize technology to locate hotspots
8 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

The best place to find catfish in the spring is shallow water, but the Santee Cooper lakes are littered with shallow water, and knowing exactly which shallow flat is good can be taxing. Plus, small channels and depressions in the middle of flats are ideal places to find concentrations of catfish. Anglers can utilize modern technology that identifies these places to narrow down the search and spend more time putting fish in the boat.†

Commercially made stinkbaits work because catfish have a highly developed sense of smell they regularly use to locate food. Stinkbaits are a good option
7 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Catfish will feast on just about anything from small fish, snails and worms to crawfish and even some seeds from neighboring trees. And even though they have decent eyesight, the conditions they live in offer little chance to see their prey at great distances.†

Guide Preston Harden has success in April fishing smaller baits on main-lake points on the upper end of Lake Hartwell. Go small while the sun shines
44 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Guide Preston Harden loves to throw artificial baits on wind-blown points to catch striped bass on Lake Hartwell. In contract to guide Mack Farr’s Bomber bite on the lower end of the lake, Harden fishes the upper end of Hartwell, and he fishes during daytime.†

Santee Cooper guide Kevin Davis shows off a 3-pound, 12-ounce Lake Moultrie crappie caught earlier this month that had already spawned out and was heading for deep water. What would the fish have weighed before it scattered its thousands of eggs? Lake Moultrie crappie spawning in stages, giving anglers plenty of options
910 Views - Posted: April 13 at 10:44 am

Not all of Lake Moultrie’s crappie spawn at the same time; some have already spawned and are abandoning the shallows for deeper water. Other crappie will soon spawn and join them on the journey to deeper water. Kevin Davis, guide and co-owner of Blacks Camp, recently had a 3-pound, 12-ounce crappie hauled over the rails of his pontoon boat.

Jeremiah Johnson and Steve Pack celebrate Johnson's 22-pound, Lake Marion striped bass. Striper fishing explodes on Lake Marion over the weekend
1987 Views - Posted: April 01 at 2:57 pm

Striper fishing has been good the past few weeks in the upper end of Lake Marion, both in the river and on the flats, but last weekend, the fishing changed from warm to red hot.

Guide Kevin Davis makes sure heís fishing shallow when Santee Cooperís catfish make their move out of their winter haunts. Santeeís shallow cats - Go shallow for Santee Cooperís spring catfish
61 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Fishermen come from all over to visit the Santee Cooper lakes every year, many to target the great numbers of catfish and the possibility of catching a trophy. And with fish shallow and spawning, spring is a perfect storm for the jumbo whisker lover.

Guide Mack Farr scratches his head over why South Carolina anglers havenít caught on to the great after-dark striper action that is to be found on Lake Hartwell. Itís da Bomb(er)! An after-dark jerkbait bite is a killer pattern for Lake Hartwell stripers this month.
91 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Mack Farr scratches his head when he talks about Lake Hartwell’s great striped bass fishing. A well-known guide who lives in Buford, Ga., Farr spends most of the spring fishing Hartwell, an hour or so up I-85 from his normal home waters of Lake Lanier.

Guide Steve Pietrykowski expects crappie fishing on Lake Hartwell to peak in the next two weeks. Guide says Lake Hartwell crappie action should break loose soon
1180 Views - Posted: March 26 at 7:00 am

Lake Hartwell crappie fishermen had better have all their jigs tied and rigs prepared, because according to Steve Pietrykowski of Fishski Business Guided Fishing, it’s about to break loose.

Darren Hill of Iva caught this 4-pound, 2-ounce crappie from the Upper Rocky arm near Lake Russell this past Sunday. Iva angler brings enormous crappie to the scales at sporting goods store
6486 Views - Posted: March 25 at 6:52 pm

The Big Crappie Contest at Sportsman’s One Stop in Iva got made a big jump last week when Darren Hill from Iva brought in a 4-pound, 2-ounce black crappie caught from the upper Rocky River arm near Lake Russell on March 20.

SCDNR is holding a series of youth fishing rodeos across South Carolina over the next two months, along with a handful of family fishing clinics. SCDNR schedules youth fishing rodeos, family fishing clinics
868 Views - Posted: March 25 at 12:09 pm

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a series of 23 youth fishing rodeos and family fishing clinics across South Carolina for April and May for young and old fishermen who would like to be introduced to the basics of fishing.

Chris Oswald of Summerton caught this keeper striper fishing with Andy Pack of Packís Landing. March is big-fish month
227 Views - Posted: March 18 at 9:00 am

If there is such a thing as a normal winter, March is the time when big fish of several species bite the best. Largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and often shellcrackers all get into the mix.

Bryan Starks of Simpsonville caught this 3-pound, 7-ounce crappie on Saturday at a kayak-club event on Lake Russell. Lake Russell produces 3-pound, 7-ounce crappie for paddler
13913 Views - Posted: March 17 at 6:57 am

What was scheduled as a meet-and-greet, bass-fishing outing on Lake Russell turned into a perch-jerking event this past Saturday for several members of the Upstate SC Kayak Fishing Club, including Bryan Starks of Simpsonville, who landed a crappie that weighed nearly 3 Ĺ pounds.

Itís not unusual for American shad to reach several pounds in size before they head up the Cooper River on their spring spawning run. Double up for shad
157 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Shad fishing in the early spring along the eastern seaboard is a “must do” for any angler within driving distance of a spawning river. For anglers really wanting to put a strain on their fishing rods, a tandem rig is the way to go.†