Santee Cooper Lake offers over 450-miles of shoreline. Damming the Santee and Cooper Rivers created the two lakes known as Moultrie and Marion. Together, the lakes known as “Santee” or “Santee Cooper” provide a huge biomass. Over 12,000 workers cleared over 170,000 acres. (That is a LOT of stumps!)
The vast swamp around the lake provides the “nursery” to Santee’s fishing success. The millions of bluegill fry provide food to bass and crappie. Larger bluegills are the mainstay of the catfish population. The shad population provides even more protein for the larger predators. Both nesting and migratory birds enjoy the food base.Where do you begin? A call to Carolina King Retreat is a good start. The boat-ramp, comfortable cabins, and dockage for your boat are all here.
You can plan your fishing trip and navigation with Navionics. Click this link to see how to use your laptop to pre-plan your route. Just plug the card back into your Humminbird and your route is ready. (Cool!) This angler would be inclined to boat some bluegill and head out for big cats this summer. You could anchor up in a likely spot or cover some water, drift fishing. Hook up your bluegill with a Team Catfish Hook.
In the fall, it would be tough to ignore all of the migratory ducks. However, the Bass and crappie will be feeding heavily. Try fishing various depths. Again, your Humminbird has a temperature gauge, so be sure to use that advantage.
The winter will offer fishing similar to early fall and summer fishing. Go deep first and work in. Jigs like the Road Runner and Rockport Rattler in the quarter-ounce sizes may be the way to go. Try the eighth-ounce size first. Tip with a Mid-South glow tube and a minnow. Slow down your presentation as winter progresses.
As spring begins to awaken, try lighter jigs in shallower waters. The crappie spawn should begin as the dogwoods start to bloom.
It sounds like we should fish Santee year’ round.