Santee Cooper Fishing Report
Lake levels are about 1 ½ feet below full pool in Lake Marion while Lake Moultrie is just below full pool.
Crappie: Good. Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that crappie seem to have settled into a healthy summer feeding pattern and some nice fish are being caught right now. However, while some fish can be caught around deep brush more fish are up relatively shallow where they seem to have followed the shad. The best depth has been fishing minnows 6-7 feet down over 12-14 feet of water, and the upper lake has produced better than Lake Moultrie.
Bream: Good. Captain Steve English reports that he has seen lots of bream beds but not a lot of fish actually on the beds. However, with the full moon Saturday there should be a lot of fish spawning. Even after the bedding ends this is the time to prowl the banks and cast crickets and worms to shallow cover.
Largemouth bass: Slow. Captain Steve English reports that bass fishing activity is light to non-existent on the Santee Cooper lakes right now. If anglers are willing to put in a lot of time fish may be catchable around cypress trees, but there is no easy pattern right now. Many fish are probably out deeper following bait schools where they are more difficult to target.
Catfish: Slow. Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that, as expected, the fishing has been pretty slow. It is customary to have a slow down at this time of year, and it is generally believed that the slow fishing is due to spawning activity. However, drifting and anchoring with cut bait are both worth a try.
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.