Fishing report provided by SCDNR
Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.41 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.35 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Water temperatures are in the upper 70s, and particularly Lake Marion is muddy – while the lower lake is a little better.
While there haven’t been a ton of changes in the catfish action on the Santee Cooper lakes, Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that the big fish bite has slowed somewhat during the day. They are still catching lots of 2-6 pounders, with the occasional 12-14 pound fish mixed in, mostly drifting. The big fish reports that have come in have been at both ends of the depth range. Some big fish have been caught in less than 15 feet of water, while some have been in over 38 feet. It’s fair to say the bigger fish are scattered out.
Overall the very small fish that were deep earlier in the year have moved shallower, and they can be caught most consistently in the 6-15 foot range now. That may be related to the location of the mussels they are feeding on.
Captain Steve English’s (843-729-4044) boat advises that bream fishing has been a little off this spring, and there aren’t the numbers of shallow spawning fish that are usually caught. On the brush the fish are pretty small. The slow bite may be related to the very stained conditions.
Crappie fishing has also been a little slow, and while Steve’s boat is still having the occasional 20- or 30-fish day overall numbers are down. The fish they are catching are about 8-16 feet deep over brush in 14-30 feet of water.
There are still some bass being caught shallow, but there are not the numbers of super-shallow fish that were showing up a few weeks ago. Post-spawn fish are starting to head out to deeper water.