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Lake Marion Sponsored by
Date 05-Sep-19
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Conditions : Lake Marion: Bass: Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports that September should see a significant improvement in the bass fishing. The bigger fish that are so hard to find in August will begin to show up again, and instead of having to concentrate fishing activity in small windows early and late there will begin to be patterns that work all day. While topwater lures and soft plastics will continue to catch fish, it will also be possible to catch fish on more varied presentations again including swimbaits and spinnerbaits.

Crappie: Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that in September the crappie fishing typically improves even if temperatures don’t drop, indicating that something about day lengths must be going on. This month fish should be caught on mid-depth and shallower brush with minnows.

Bream: Captain Steve English reports that in September it will continue to be easy to catch numbers of bluegill and shellcracker, but targeting the big fish will remain a little tricky. It usually isn’t until October and November that all of the fish go deep and the fish really group up.

Catfish: Captain Stevie English (843-709-8138) reports that during the first part of September night fishing should remain a better way to catch big fish, although at times numbers will be better drifting during the day in mid-depths. At night you can also anchor around shallow trees with cut bait.

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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