Santee Cooper Fishing Report
Lake levels are about 2 feet below full pool in Lake Marion while Lake Moultrie is about 6 inches below full pool.
Crappie: Good. Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that crappie fishing has been strong, although fish seem to have moved a bit deeper as water temperatures have cooled. Fish are suspended in about 20 feet of water where they will take both jigs and minnows. Most days his boat has been able to catch a limit.
Bream: Good. Captain Steve English reports that cooler water temperatures have really improved bream fishing, and right now fish are feeding well around brush in 12-18 feet of water where they are taking crickets well. Bream fishing is also very strong in the canal, where anglers are fishing on the bottom with wax worms in 15-18 feet of water.
Catfish: No new report. Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports a slight improvement in catfishing, particularly night fishing at anchor. During the day he also reports some decent success; anchoring early and then drifting during the day has produced blues in the 18-30 pound range. Jim notes that the bite should improve in the cooler months ahead, although he reminds anglers that the decline in the population of blue catfish means that fewer bites are likely even during good conditions.
Largemouth bass: No new reports.
DHEC fish advisories: Largemouth bass and bowfin (mudfish) should only be eaten once per week.