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AHQ Report - Santee Cooper

April 16

Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.72 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and bouncing around 74.9 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). The upper lake is clearing but still stained while there is a mud line in the lower lake.  Water temperatures are generally in the upper 60s. 

There is a mix of everything going on with the bass on Santee, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

April 2

Santee Cooper water levels are up to 76.30 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.66 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). The upper part of Lake Marion is blown out with mud and it is coming to the rest of the system. Surface water temperatures were down to about 61 this morning. 

There are already a few post-spawn bass on Santee, but Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

March 19

Santee Cooper water levels are down to 75.30 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and up to 74.62 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Clarity is pretty normal and morning surface water temperatures range from 60-62 in the upper lake to about 58 in the lower lake. The wind has made fishing difficult recently. 

A slight cool snap coincided with the CBC last weekend on Santee, and as a result Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

Last weekend's featured Palmetto Boat Center Tournament on Lake Murray was won by Justin Tingen and Jonathan Carter with an impressive 27.52 poundbag including a 7.30 pound big fish, but also impressive was reader Anthony Iocolano's guess - sack weight 27.62 and big fish 7.06 pounds.  He was the winner of last week's $40.00 gift certificate to the store.  

March 10

Santee Cooper water levels are down to 75.53 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.29 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). The lake is dingy all over and muddy in some places, and morning surface water temperatures have reached the high 50s and even low 60s in some of the ponds. 

This weekend is the Carolinas Bass Challenge on Santee, and so you can forgive tournament anglers if they don’t want to say too much about how the bass are being caught. However, Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

March 5

Santee Cooper water levels are down to 76.03 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.59 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). The lakes have cleared and water temperatures range from about 53 degrees on up. 

There have been some monster bags of bass caught recently on Santee, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

With temperatures expected to reach 80 this weekend, after a long, cold and wet winter, it will be interesting to see how the fish react tochanging conditions.  There are a full line-up of tournaments, including multiples CATTs, an ABA event, several clubs tournaments and more.  But this weekend we are featuring one of the two Fishers of Men events - this one on Santee.  Let's see if another 30-pound bag can come out of Santee! Closest guess to the winning weight in the comments here wins a $30.00 gift certificate to Angler's Headquarters.  Bonus: guess the winning bag and big fish weight and win a $500.00 gift certificate to the store.  Deadline is 7:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27.   

February 26

Santee Cooper water levels are just below full at 76.57 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.86 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). The lakes are muddy, with water flying through, and water temperatures range from the mid-40s to low-50s.

They call it fishing for a reason, and on Sunday in the CATT tournament David Matts and Garret Brown managed five that went over 30 pounds and there were several more big bags caught as well as a bunch of fish over 5 pounds. But on Sunday conditions had apparently completely changed, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

Tournament results will be posted here as they become available. ALSO - if you know of a future fishing tournament taking place in South Carolina that should be included on our tournament calendar, please emailjay@usfishingreport.com and we will add it.

 

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February 18

Santee Cooper water levels are up to 74.40 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 73.54 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). The lakes are muddy and the power company is pulling the water hard, with water temperatures are about 50 degrees. 

It’s been some another week of nasty weather on Santee, but Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

The South Carolina Crappie Association had a tournament on Santee Cooper today, and conditions were brutal.  Nonetheless, some impressive limits were weighed. 

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