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You can beat the heat

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.

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August 15, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Fish are here, anglers aren’t

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.

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July 17, 2014 at 9:00 am
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June offers consistency

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.

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June 16, 2014 at 9:00 am
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If it swims, it’s biting

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.

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May 15, 2014 at 9:00 am
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April action is wide open

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.

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April 14, 2014 at 9:00 am
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March is ‘moving’ month

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. 

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March 14, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Time to flip a few birds

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.

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February 14, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Stripers, blue cats are on

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.

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January 16, 2014 at 9:00 am
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