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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". 


Yes Nancy those little boogers can put up a fight!

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Santee Cooper Fishing Report




Sam and Shane from Ga.  caught this board of fish on Lake Moultrie 1-9-2016

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Catfish- The fish have been few and far between on the upper lake due to all of the fresh water that continues to pass through the lake. Most of the water is going out of the Marion dam into the Santee river. Very little water was untill recently released down the Cooper river so Moultrie was for the most part uneffected.We have had some good spawns of Blues and Channels. Catching a lot of 2 lb fish and smaller. Some days the big fish want to play but thats why its called fishing.  

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 has slowed some on Marion but pretty good on Moultrie. 

 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! A 22 lb. Striper won this division in the Big fish Big Bucks contest.

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-slow,slow,slow  on  lake  Marion best around the full moon. Good on Moultrie if you can find someones brush pile.
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.  Go to the Refuge web site at 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.