Santee Cooper Fishing Report
Lake levels are about 1 ½ 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 around relatively shallow brush in 12-18 feet of water. Fish are suspended about 7-12 feet down where they will take both jigs and minnows. Most days his boat has been able to catch a limit.
Bream: Fair to good. Captain Steve English reports that as the water is cooling bream are in transition, and some nice bluegill have moved out of shallow water and towards offshore brush (where his boat is landing some as a by-catch while crappie fishing). Target bluegill with crickets around brushpiles in 15-20 feet of water.
Catfish: Fair. 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.
Captain Jim Glenn reminds anglers that striped bass season is closed.
DHEC fish advisories: Largemouth bass and bowfin (mudfish) should only be eaten once per week.