Fishing report provided by SCDNR (updated April 26)
Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.19 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.15 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5).
On the catfish front, Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that it’s been a good period for catching fish on the Santee Cooper lakes. Broadly, the bigger fish are scattered at various depths but generally shallower, while the smaller cats are concentrated in deeper water. In very deep water (for spring) greater than 30 feet most of the fish are in the 1 pound and smaller range right now, and in middle to deeper water from 15-28 feet there are concentrations of 2-6 pound fish. On recent trips when anglers want to increase their chances of tangling with big fish, understanding that numbers will be lower, Jim’s boat has targeted 5-12 feet of water. In addition to nice blues in the teens on up to 30 plus pounds, they have caught some solid channel catfish in the same depth range.
Cut shad has been working well, and on days when there is no wind the bite has been noticeably slower. A healthy breeze makes for the best fishing right now – as is often the case.