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Fish shallow, young man!

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.Read More...
April 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

March is breakout month

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.Read More...
March 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

Santee up for a change

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.Read More...
February 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

Dial up cold Santee cats

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.Read More...
January 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

Cold? So what, fish bite!

The shift to colder water temperatures and colder weather this month doesn’t put an end to fishing on Santee Cooper. For some species, the action is really heating up as the water temperature drops. Striper schooling, along with catfish catching, are both usually great. The largemouth action can be very good. Although it may be slower than the previous two months of fast-paced action, some big bass are now being caught.

According to guide Marlin Ormseth of Moncks Corner, some of the most-consistent action on Lake Moultrie in December is the blue catfish bite.Read More...
December 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

The choice is yours

November is a favorite month for local outdoorsmen around the Santee Cooper lakes because of the great diversity of excellent fishing and hunting opportunities. It all comes together this month. The fishing is outstanding, and deer hunting reaches the peak of rut activity. Plus, small-game seasons open this month, and with several WMAs around and near the lakes, there more than ample opportunities for hunting as well as fishing.Read More...
November 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

Fall fishing is promising

The fall months provide spectacular fishing at the Santee Cooper lakes, but October seems to be the special month for most local fishermen. The weather has cooled, baitfish are bunched and the fish are basically on a full-time feeding frenzy — plus, the striper season opens on Oct. 1 after a 4-month summer closure.

Kevin Davis owns and guides out of Blacks Camp on the Diversion Canal/Lake Moultrie; he is super-excited about this fall’s striper fishing.Read More...
October 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

Fall knocking at the door

The fishing action on the Santee Cooper lakes takes a turn for the better this month. The action may not be smoking-hot on every species, but the general trend is toward improved fishing for most. Crappie fishing is the smoking-hot fishery, and largemouth bass fishing is heating up and isn’t too far behind.Read More...
September 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

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