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Lake Marion Sponsored by
Date 27-Mar-15
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Conditions : Lake Marion: •Crappie: Good. Captain Steve English reports that crappie have moved up shallow into the backs of creeks, and they can be caught around the edges in 3-8 feet of water. The best advice is to anchor and then cast jigs and minnows towards the target depth range.

•Shad/ herring: Good. Captain Jim Glenn reports that there has been a very good recreational shad and herring fishery in the rivers this year. Water flow though the dams at St. Stephens and Jeffries is critical to keep the fish oriented to the current and striking Sabiki rigs and small jigs/ grubs.

•Largemouth bass: Good. Captain Steve English reports that the rapid rise in water temperatures has quickly improved bass fishing on the lakes, and fish are properly in pre-spawn mode. Steve suspects that in the blackwater ponds there are even a few fish already fanning beds, but he has not seen them. Fishing worm and Senkos in 3-6 feet of water in the very backs is the best bet, and as always at this time of year anglers should be cognizant of spawning areas and fish the places that lead to them.

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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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