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: Slow to fair. Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that overall catfishing is fairly slow on the Santee Cooper lakes, and it is rare for anyone to catch more than 4-8 fish on a daytime trip. Night fishing is also slow. For now reports indicate that fish are scattered, and fish are being caught both shallow and down to about 25 feet. Drifting seems to be working better than anchoring, and the best approach seems to be drifting fresh cut baits in 10-25 feet of water in Lake Marion. However, when wind is blowing into trees or points in 3-6 feet of water anchoring may be preferable in some areas of the upper lake. Look for a seasonal improvement in the bite when temperatures drop later this month and into November.
Largemouth bass: No new reports.
DHEC fish advisories: Largemouth bass and bowfin (mudfish) should only be eaten once per week.