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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.
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Thornley Forest II Ramp
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Road Bed Intersection
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There is a 29.51% catch rate for Flathead Catfish, based on 18 Flathead Catfish counted.
ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES FLATHEAD CATFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 14.75% catch rate for Blue Catfish, based on 9 Blue Catfish counted.
ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES BLUE CATFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 13.11% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 8 Channel Catfish counted.
ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES CHANNEL CATFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 9.84% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 6 Common Carp counted.
ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES COMMON CARP COUNTS CHART
There is a 4.92% catch rate for Bank Sea Bass, based on 3 Bank Sea Bass counted.
ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES BANK SEA BASS COUNTS CHART
There is a 4.92% catch rate for White Bass, based on 3 White Bass counted.
ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES WHITE BASS COUNTS CHART
There is a 3.28% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 2 Green Sunfish counted.
ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES GREEN SUNFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 3.28% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 2 Redbreast Sunfish counted.
ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES REDBREAST SUNFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 3.28% catch rate for White Crappie, based on 2 White Crappie counted.
ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES WHITE CRAPPIE COUNTS CHART
There is a 1.64% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 1 Bluegill counted.
ENLARGE SANTEE COOPER LAKES BLUEGILL COUNTS CHART
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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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November Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing
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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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