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Lake Moultrie Sponsored by
Date 05-Aug-16
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Conditions : Lake Moultrie: Bass: Slow to fair. Steve Harmon reports that fishing has slowed down but the pattern remains basically the same – although a surprising number of fish seem to have moved shallow in the last week or so. Early in the morning fish can be caught in shallow water where they will take topwater lures, and later in the day fish can be caught in middle depths on down. When conditions are calm soft plastics are working best for the deeper fish, and when it is windy spinnerbaits work better.

Catfish: Fair. Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that between the heat, storms and wind there have been some difficult fishing conditions, but when anglers can get out fish can be found both shallow and deep. Some pockets of smaller fish can also be located and there are plenty of channel catfish at various depths that will take cut bait or dip baits.

Crappie: Slow to fair. Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that crappie fishing has gotten a lot tougher, and it’s really taking some searching to pick up random fish here and there. Fishing minnows around brush is still the main pattern.

Bream: Slow to fair. Captain Steve English reports that the bream bite continues to be down, and while decent numbers of fish can be caught locating fish big enough to eat has been a struggle.

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.

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striper Bass
  • Crappie
  • Catfish

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