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Lake Moultrie Sponsored by
Date 13-Mar-15
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Conditions : Lake Moultrie: •Catfish: Slow to fair. Captain Jim Glenn reports that catfishing essentially remains slow recently, and winds and weather have limited fishing on the lakes. However, as expected during the winter season some big fish have been caught. For now catfish can be found both deep and shallow, with anchoring the best bet for success. Also try fishing for cats around suspended bait in deep water, or in wind-blown shallow areas. Catfish (and striper) may be keying on stressed or dying threadfin shad, and gulls will be feeding on dying shad across the system. When they are found in shallow water wading birds will be picking up shad on the surface. Catfish will rise to the surface to feed on these same baitfish, and even when this happens over deeper water fishing right under the surface can be effective. Note that mid-day fishing can be strong.

•Largemouth bass: Very tough. Anglers report great difficulty getting bites on Santee Cooper, and many locals are fishing on the Cooper River instead of in the lakes. Soon the bite will turn on but for now the best bet is fishing plastic worms in the backs of creeks around drops that are near spawning areas (where fish are staging).

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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.

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striper Bass
  • Crappie
  • Catfish

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