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Cool kids: stripers, catfish

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.

December 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

Itís surface striper time

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.

November 14, 2013 at 3:00 am

Tips for fishing Santee Cooper in October

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.

Guide Alan Spence, who targets catfish and stripers, said the big news for many anglers is the striper fishing season opens again on Oct. 1 after a four-month, no-fishing restriction.

“Last October, the opening week of the season was tremendous in terms of huge catches of fish being made,” Spence said. “It seems that more fish were caught in the lower lake in October, and this is the one time of the year that I will sometimes leave Lake Marion and fish Lake Moultrie for stripers.†

October 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

A good-tasting Ďstakeí

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.

September 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

Donít quit, beat the heat

Excellent fishing opportunities abound on the Santee Cooper lakes in August, despite the hot and humid weather. One thing we canít 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.Read More...
August 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

Turn to summer patterns

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 ó 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.Read More...
July 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

Itís hot, but so is fishing

Striper season officially shuts down from June through September, so the focus moves to other species, but thereís plenty of fish that continue to bite well throughout the summer.Read More...
June 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

May fishing breaks loose

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.Read More...
May 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

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