The Santee Cooper Lakes are on FIRE right now. Catfish are biting cutbait like crazy in Lake Moultrie. Crappie and eating it up on brush piles in 15 to 28 feet of water and minnows are your best bet. Bream are also doing will stacking up nice on brush piles in 16 to 22 feet of water. Toss your line around 8 to 14 feet with crickets and you are sure to get some bites.
This weekend is going to be a windy one, but all is not lost! I'd be willing to bet that you can catch some big catfish and bream in the diversion canal. The good thing about the canal is you can get out of the wind just about all of the time. This time of year, anchor in the canal and throw chunks of cut bait on the bottom. About 2 ounces of lead with a 5/0 circle hook. For the canal bream, either fish straight down with crickets or throw crickets under a cork towards the bank. Good fishing!
Because of the cool nights, the water temp. is down to a fish feeding frenzy temperature of 70 degrees! This means that the big ones are eating the little ones! The cats are in 20 to 30 feet of water being caught drifting with herring and cut mullet. Have seen some nice blue cats come out of the canal at night, using live bream and white perch. Some big panfish are in the canal, and the giant slab crappie and bream are being caught on brush, and also by stump jumping in the upper lake, Lake Marion. Go tree to tree and fish right down beside the dead timber in the upper lake with jigs tipped with minnows. Stripers are schooling like crazy in the lower lake, Lake Moultrie, look for the seagulls and throw bucktails or swim baits. Live herring is also very effective for stripers right now. Use your sonar to find them in 25 to 30 feet of water. Blacks Camp has plenty of lively herring, our herring are guaranteed to die trying!
Crappie are doing well on brush piles in 10 to 25 feet of water. Bream doing good on the same brush piles. Stripers are being caught aim live herring while drifting in 30 feet of water. Some catfish are being caught in the canal, as well as the lower lake in 30 feet of water. Catching the catfish on cut bait, herring and mullet. Look for the catfish to move down to the dam area of Lake Moultrie late next month. Today the water temperature is 75°. The cooler the water gets, the better the fish will bite. Good Fishing,