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Lake Marion Sponsored by
Date 25-Sep-15
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Conditions : Lake Marion: •Crappie: Good to very good. Captain Steve English reports that crappie fishing remains very strong with parties loading the boat most days. Crappie can be found around brush in 12-22 feet of water, with 16-18 feet the best range. The upper lake has been better but the lower lake is now coming on strong.

•Bream: Good. Captain Steve English reports that big bluegill are finally leaving shallow water and starting to show up on brushpiles in 12-14 feet of water where they will eat crickets and other baits. Recently fishing in the lower lake has been better.

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About: - Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie are part of the Santee Cooper lake system.  The two lake combine for over 170,000 surface arces and are joined by the 6.5 mile Diversion Canal. At this time the lakes hold a world record Channel Catfish (58 Ibs) and a Warmouth weighing 2.2 Ibs was caught in a creek a few miles from lake Marion. These lakes held the record for striped bass until 1977, its weight was 55 Ibs. State records held are: Largemouth Bass (16.2 Ibs), Black Crappie (5 Ibs), Chain (Jack) (6.4 Ibs), Channel Catfish (58 Ib.), Arkansas Blue (109.4 Ibs)

The Santee Cooper Lakes vary from shallow swamps and blackwater ponds to vast open water with a multitude of underwater structures. Lake Marion was not completely cleared, as a result, fishermen will find there are thousands upon thousands of stumps, standing dead tree trunks and live cypress trees. Lake Moultrie is more open and is 14 miles across at its widest point.

These lakes do not ice over during the winter and there is no closed season for fishing season. Weather permitting, fishermen can fish year round.

  • Bream
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striped Bass

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