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You can beat August heat

Despite the heat and humidity, there are a number of options for finding excellent fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes this month. Deep water or heavy cover are prime areas for some species, but fishing at night can also be good, and anglers can find the fish in shallower water.

Buster Rush, a longtime guide on Lake Marion, said the catfishing is a tale of two totally different scenarios. Read More...
August 20, 2012 at 10:00 am
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A cup of ‘half and half’

July fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes is a hot proposition, both because the heat and fishing patterns are quite dependable. Several species are locked into summertime patterns that will revolve around deep water, and those reliable patterns can be a key to success.Read More...
July 23, 2012 at 7:00 am
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June: A buffet for anglers

June marks the beginning of the 4-month closed fishing season for striped bass on the Santee Cooper reservoirs. Fishing for stripers has been excellent this winter and spring, but despite the closure there’s still plenty of fishing action available this month. All the panfish species are biting, including bream, shellcracker and crappie, plus largemouth bass fishing continues to be very good — and the catfish action is more consistent in deeper water.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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Take your pick in May

Every fish species worth catching in Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie is biting in May, and they are typically caught in big numbers and sizes. It’s the last month we can target and keep stripers until October, and the good news is that the bite is red hot, especially using live bait such as herring. Catfish action is excellent, with blues, channel and flatheads all biting. The largemouth fishing is still outstanding in the shallows, and the bream and shellcracker action is wide open. The crappie action is still good, but they are returning to the brushpiles in slightly deeper water than they were caught in April.Read More...
May 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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‘Awesome’ April arrives

If “Madness” was the word for March, then “Awesome” will be the word for April in terms of fishing success on the Santee Cooper lakes. Many species, including stripers, largemouth bass and catfish all provide excellent fishing. Most species will be found in the shallows, but one of the highlights will be the red-hot striper action in the upper end of the lake.Read More...
April 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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It all breaks loose in March

The fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes begins to come together in frantic fashion in March. Despite often unpredictable weather, the fishing is predictable: look for fish in shallow water. Some of the best shallow-water fishing of the year begins this month for a number of species.Read More...
March 01, 2012 at 3:33 pm
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Better stay on the move

Several species of fish in Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie are on the move this month, which typically begins with some of the coldest water temperatures of the year. As the month progresses, the water typically begins to warm, and as the temperature begins a steady upward climb, several species get active. This is when the transition from cold, winter patterns into prespawn shallow water migrations begin. For largemouth bass, stripers, catfish and crappie, February offers good and improving fishing as the progression from the winter to spring begins.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:31 am
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More good than bad

January begins a new year and is a great month to discuss the overall condition of our lakes, especially since it seems to be very good and improving.Read More...
January 01, 2012 at 1:00 am
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