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Lake Moultrie Sponsored by
Date 10-Jun-17
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Conditions : Lake Moultrie: Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.68 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.46 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Water temperatures are around 78 degrees and the water is high and dingy.

As anticipated Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that the catfish bite in the Diversion Canal is strong. There’s a lot of water running through the canal, and as a result the fish are stacking up in there. The best pattern is drifting down the center of the canal (while dodging boats) on the bottom in about 27 feet of water, and a variety of cut baits are working well. There is also a pretty good night bite.

Meanwhile, crappie fishing has gotten tough. Steve says that you can pick up a few fish but overall it is slow. It’s easy to catch bream over brush right now, but Steve says that most of them are small. There will be fish up shallow bedding with the full moon, but due to water conditions it can be a little tough to spot them.

Bass fishing can be pretty good right now if you know offshore spots, as the period when you could catch a bunch of fish shallow is definitely over. In the tournament recently, several boats had limits in the mid to high-20s, but they were catching these fish out of deep water.

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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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