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Lake Marion Sponsored by
Date 11-Aug-14
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Conditions : Lake Marion: •Crappie: Good. Captain Steve English 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.

Reported by: SCDNR


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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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