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Lake Marion Sponsored by
Date 29-Jul-14
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Conditions : Lake Marion: •Largemouth Bass: Good, using artificial worms, Carolina rigs and bucktails fishing along banks and points, especially in morning.

•White Perch: Slow. Try jigging off bottom with Hopkins spoons.

•Crappie: Good, using small and medium minnows over deep brush piles, bridge pilings and piers. Catfish: Good, using cut shad, herring and live shiners off bottom in deep water and at night in shallow water.

•Bream and Shellcrackers: Good, using redworms and crickets in 4 to 6 feet of water and fishing shallow in river channel.

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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