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Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing

Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing

Santee Cooper Lakes consists of Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. Approval for constructing the lakes came from the New Deal, which was a series of programs enacted in the 30s. Santee Cooper, a utility company in South Carolina, led construction of the lakes. At the time, this project was the largest land-clearing initiative in the country's history. Over 177,000 acres of swamp and forest were cleared to create the lakes. Lake Marion covers 110,000 acres and has a shoreline of 315 miles, spanning over five counties. The surrounding area consists of a river valley landscape for breathtaking views during your fishing trip. Lake Moultrie is 60,000 acres with more than half of its shoreline in dams and dikes. There are boat ramps, marinas and campgrounds at the lakes as well.

Santee Cooper Lakes fishing can easily keep you busy catching largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and white perch. A record 58-pound channel catfish and five-pound black crappie were caught at Lake Moultrie. Other types of fish you can target while Santee Cooper Lakes fishing are striped bass, bream and bluegill. Striped bass found their way into Lake Marion to spawn and ended up trapped there upon completion of the Santee River dam. They adapted to the freshwater and continue to thrive here. Summer is the best season for catfish fishing at Santee Cooper Lakes. You could catch a 20-pounder or aim to break one of the lake records. Bass and crappie are great to target any time of the year. For striped bass, spring and winter are the seasons you'll want to plan your Santee Cooper Lakes fishing trip.



Top Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing Spots

  1. Thornley Forest II Ramp
    4/13/2017 2:24:07 PM - Thornley Forest II Ramp


  2. Fish Attractor
    1/31/2017 1:53:44 AM - Fish Attractor


  3. Fish Attractor
    1/31/2017 1:50:50 AM - Fish Attractor


  4. Fish Attractor
    1/31/2017 1:46:43 AM - Fish Attractor


  5. backgate
    7/15/2014 5:35:50 PM - 172 gate


  6. Road Bed Intersection
    3/14/2019 10:45:49 PM -


  7. Fish Attractor
    1/31/2017 1:48:46 AM - Fish Attractor


  8. Largemouth Bass988
    4/1/2021 5:26:49 PM -


  9. jacks creek
    5/26/2016 3:36:01 PM - creek


  10. Fish Attractor
    1/31/2017 1:52:47 AM - Fish Attractor



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Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Santee Cooper Lakes, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Flathead Catfish

  2. Flathead Catfish

    There is a 29.51% catch rate for Flathead Catfish, based on 18 Flathead Catfish counted.

    Santee Cooper Lakes Flathead Catfish Counts Chart
    Flathead

    ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES FLATHEAD CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  3. Blue Catfish

  4. Blue Catfish

    There is a 14.75% catch rate for Blue Catfish, based on 9 Blue Catfish counted.

    Santee Cooper Lakes Blue Catfish Counts Chart
    Blue

    ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES BLUE CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  5. Channel Catfish

  6. Channel Catfish

    There is a 13.11% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 8 Channel Catfish counted.

    Santee Cooper Lakes Channel Catfish Counts Chart
    Channel

    ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES CHANNEL CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  7. Common Carp

  8. Common Carp

    There is a 9.84% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 6 Common Carp counted.

    Santee Cooper Lakes Common Carp Counts Chart
    Common

    ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES COMMON CARP COUNTS CHART


  9. Bank Sea Bass

  10. Bank Sea Bass

    There is a 4.92% catch rate for Bank Sea Bass, based on 3 Bank Sea Bass counted.

    Santee Cooper Lakes Bank Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Bank

    ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES BANK SEA BASS COUNTS CHART


  11. White Bass

  12. White Bass

    There is a 4.92% catch rate for White Bass, based on 3 White Bass counted.

    Santee Cooper Lakes White Bass Counts Chart
    White

    ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES WHITE BASS COUNTS CHART


  13. Green Sunfish

  14. Green Sunfish

    There is a 3.28% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 2 Green Sunfish counted.

    Santee Cooper Lakes Green Sunfish Counts Chart
    Green

    ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES GREEN SUNFISH COUNTS CHART


  15. Redbreast Sunfish

  16. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 3.28% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 2 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Santee Cooper Lakes Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redbreast

    ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES REDBREAST SUNFISH COUNTS CHART


  17. White Crappie

  18. White Crappie

    There is a 3.28% catch rate for White Crappie, based on 2 White Crappie counted.

    Santee Cooper Lakes White Crappie Counts Chart
    White

    ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES WHITE CRAPPIE COUNTS CHART


  19. Bluegill

  20. Bluegill

    There is a 1.64% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 1 Bluegill counted.

    Santee Cooper Lakes Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

    ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES BLUEGILL COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 17 species of fish and 61 fish counted for December around Santee Cooper Lakes.

To date, there are 33 species of fish and a total of 2112 fish counted for Santee Cooper Lakes and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 9/29/1927 (95 years).

Last Update: 12/1/2022 12:08:11 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Latest Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing Reports

  • November Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing
    11/1/2021 1:54:39 PM - There should be better bass fishing this month in some of the deeper pockets on the lake. Crappie should be bting in the those mid-depth brush piles as well as bream. Cut sh


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Top Santee Cooper Lakes Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Carolina King Retreat & Marina
    Carolina King Retreat and Marina, LLC offers cabin rentals, boat rentals, fishing, hunting and hiking opportunities for your next weekend getaway or vacation. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Marion in Summerton, SC, we have everything that yo

  2. Lakeside Marina & Resort


  3. Canal Lakes Fish Camp


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Top Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Jackson's Catfish Guide Service
    Catfish Charters on the Santee Cooper Lakes in SC. No fish! No Pay! Guaranteed!

  2. Catfishnfool
    Santee Cooper Lakes Catfishnfool Fishing Guide Service, Captain Wayne Vining 803-238-0596 is offering guided fishing trips specializing in Catfish, Crappie, and Bream. My trips are fun and affordable fishing adventures, family vacations, or group out

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Top Santee Cooper Lakes Marinas

  1. Carolina King Retreat & Marina
    Carolina King Retreat and Marina, LLC offers cabin rentals, boat rentals, fishing, hunting and hiking opportunities for your next weekend getaway or vacation. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Marion in Summerton, SC, we have everything that yo

  2. Lakeside Marina & Resort


  3. Rocks Pond Campground and Marina
    Open Year Round. Store is closed from November 1st until March 1st but the campground is still open for camping. During this time reservations can be made on our Reservations Line, (803) 492-7711. During the winter months, reservations must be paid i

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