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Santee Cooper Lakes Fishing Report

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From Sunrise to Sunset fishing is always and adventure with

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Santee Cajun Guide Service


True Fishing Humor

A lady from South Jersey on Capt. Boudreaux's boat one April day and was fighting a good fish for a while when the hook pulled out. She then continued to reel the line in. When Boudreaux pointed at a snail on the point of the hook (the reason the fish was lost) she sighed and said to him "I can't believe a snail pulled that hard". 

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Yes Nancy those little boogers can put up a fight!

Click here for the current NOAA weather on the Santee Cooper Lakes 

  How high's the water Mama

Click here for the current USGS Lake Marion Level report

 

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Santee Cooper Fishing Report

 Updated 

May-18-2017

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 Jay and Micheal Bell from Simpsonville SC. caught this fine board of Kitty Cats out of Mill Creek Marina and Camp Ground in May of 2017If they were just a little younger there wouldn't be any fish left in the lake!

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Catfish-The Spring bite has been great over the past month or so. Now we're in full spawn. You'll find males fighting on the surface and most you catch will be beating up from fighting over females. Plan on the big fish catch to fall off, for the next few weeks. Thats not to say we're not catching some good ones but just farther between.  We're also catching our share of 2 to 5 pound Blues. The weather is warming up but the water is around 75 degrees. One thing for sure as the water warms to above 80 the big flatheads will want to feed. 

 New Blue Catfish Regulation on the Santee Cooper Lake System. 

1. Only 2 Blue Cats 32 inches and over per Licensed fisherman per day.

2. Total of 25 Blue Cats per person per day. What do they think we're catching- Bream! I wish the day would come when I could have 6 customers on the boat and they all would catch 25 cats each. Hell thats 150 Blues not counting Flatheads, channels, and White cats. Guess I'm going to need a bigger cooler!

Crappie- The bite is begining to get better, 

 Rockfish- Striped bass-  Season is Open as of October 1.  Great to see some coming back fishermen are catching a lot of short fish. Getting caught keeping undersize Stripe Bass is like what they say about getting a DUI ticket. You can't afford it!

The Gov. signed a new law the states that you may not target Rockfish. Catch and release is over. Don't fish for them from June through September, or you stand a chance of getting a ticket. 

The DNR has finally started to stock Marion. The new Striped bass regulations include:
Reduction in creel limits from five to three
Increase in minimum size limit from 21 inches to 26 inches
Season restrictions for entire Santee Cooper system (lakes and rivers): no harvest/possession/Pursuit of Striped Bass  from June 1- September 30
Points system: increase to 14 points for violation
Striped bass must be taken to land with head and tail intact enabling enforcement officers to measure complete fish
 
Bream and Shellcracker- Starting up on Marion should peak each month from now till summer 5 days before and 5 days after the full moon.
 
Anyone fishing the North side Federal Santuaries ( from Jacks Creek to Cuddo) must have a Permit, and abide by the new regulations. These permits can be obtained at no cost at the Indian mound park office! Most of these areas are closed to all fishing untill March 1st! Don't go behind the post with the signs on them. You get a permit at the National Indian Mound Park off exit 102 on I95 they are free or Go to the Refuge web site at http://www.fws.gov/santee to see what is open.
 
Check out our Reel Results . You will see good days, bad days and even ugly days. If you see a blank board the customer paid nothing.  As Capt. Barb said one day "We're guides not God, and it ain't over to the fat lady sings , and see ain' t singing". We cannot forecast what the weather or the water conditions will be when you book . We can only rely on our experience and we will do our best to put you on fish even on the worst of conditions! Remember there are fisherman and then there's pole holders! We can only put you on the fish.

The customer must bring them to the landing net.

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