Fishing report provided by SCDNR
Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.47 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.42 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Water temperatures are around 83 degrees.
Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that the catfish bite continues to be strong in the Diversion Canal, and when they are pulling water through you can almost always catch fish. Some people are also anchoring at night in the canal, even when there is no current, and having success. This is also a typical summer pattern.
Out on the lakes, Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that fishing is still a little slow even though his boat has caught some big fish up to the 40s. The best depth range has been 10-25 feet, and there have been smaller fish mixed in with 10-pounders, “teenage”-sized fish and some bigger ones.
There are still a lot of small catfish being caught in the Rediversion in the Russellville area from the bank on cut baits and prepared dip baits.
While the crappie bite hasn’t really turned on, even at the time of year when it’s supposed to be slow it has actually improved a bit. In particularly they are catching better numbers of fish. Deep water has been wholly unproductive, and the best pattern right now has been fishing shallow to medium depth brush 8-14 feet down over 15-25 feet of water.
Bream fishing has also been a little off, and the shallow bite just doesn’t seem to have been as strong as it usually is – even around full moon bedding periods. You can catch tons of fish off brush, with the occasional nice one mixed in, but most of the fish are small.
The summer doldrums have set in for bass fishing on Santee Cooper, and even though they are catching a few early and late on topwater baits like frogs it’s overall slow.