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Fishing Reports

Fishing report provided by SCDNR

Santee Cooper System

Santee Cooper water levels are at 74.71 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.48 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Water conditions are extremely clear for Santee and temperatures range from the mid-60s all the way up to the lower 70s.

In catfish news, Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that the big blue catfish have turned on in the Santee Cooper lakes. In a scouting trip on Wednesday he fished areas that historically have produced big fish for him at this time of year, and in 3-12 feet of water he caught a 24-pound fish as well as three more over 30 pounds. Drifting cut shad has been the ticket.

On the crappie front, skyrocketing water temperatures mean that the crappie spawn is winding down and will very soon be pretty much over. The best fishing has moved back out to brush, and Captain Steve English’s (843-729-4044) boat caught some fish in shallower brush piles this morning. However, they have had the best luck catching white crappie 20-22 feet down over brush in about 30 feet of water.

In the lower lake Steve reports that he has been up shallow looking for bream, but there have not been a lot of signs of shellcracker (which usually move up first) shallow. They are still catching fish in the lower lake around deeper brush.