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December 1, 2016
Full Pool
Lake Marion   76.8
Lake Moultrie    75.5
Lake Marion   74.9
Lake Moultrie 74.9

Fishing report provided by SCDNR

Santee Cooper System (Updated February 20)

Santee Cooper water levels are at 74.9 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.9 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Surface temperatures range from the mid-50s on the main lake to the upper 50s in the shallows.

Warm water temperatures have crappie moving shallow already on the Santee Cooper lakes, and Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) says that may not be a good thing. It's only February, and if there is another blast of cold air and water temperatures drop then the eggs could die. Still, there's nothing we can do it about it! For now fish are scattered between deep and shallow water, and Steve has caught some fish full of eggs around brush in about 20 feet of water that are staging and waiting to go up. There are also some fish up super shallow, which are either males or females that have already spawned.

Steve is also catching some bream, but they are deeper in about the 28-35 foot range around brush.

Tournament angler Steve Harmon reports that bass are also starting to make their way shallower with the water warming up. They can be caught in ditches and depressions in front of spawning areas in about 4-6 feet of water in both lakes. Worms and spinnerbaits are working well.

On the catfish front, Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that warming water is also pushing everything shallower. Anchoring in 4-10 feet of water during the day and at night will produce, and drifting in water in the teens and twenties is also a good pattern. With the herring and shad run these are the preferred baits right now.