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AHQ Report - Santee Cooper

June 26

Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.90 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.48 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Water temperatures range from about the mid-70s to low 80s because of all the cool freshwater coming into the lakes, and overall clarity is good. 

Even though water temperatures are relatively mild on the Santee lakes, Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

June 9

Santee Cooper water levels are at 76.38 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.20 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Surface water temperatures are in the mid-80s in the morning. The lower lake is clear while the upper lake has improved from muddy to just dingy. 

There have been some really good bass catches recently on Santee, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

June 2

Santee Cooper water levels are at 76.72 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.89 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Surface water temperatures are around 80.5 in the morning, and the upper lake is very muddy which is also coming to the lower lake.   

Even though it could come back on the next full moon the shad spawn seems done for right now, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

May 20

Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.90 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.07 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Water temperatures are around 74 degrees in the morning and the lakes – which have been dingy to clear – are about to get very muddy. 

The bass are still shallow on Santee Cooper, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

May 12

Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.79 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.75 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Water temperatures are in the upper 60s. The upper lake is muddy while the lower lake is just colored. 

The bass remain in a similar pattern on Santee Cooper, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

April 30

Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.71 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.26 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Water temperatures are in the upper 60s and both lakes are dingy with so much wind and some recent rain. The canal is muddy. 

The bass fishing remains strong on Santee Cooper, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

April 15

Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.46 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.15 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Before the mud from Sunday’s rain arrives the lakes are clearing, while morning surface water temperatures have dropped back into the upper 60s and lower 70s with the cold snap.   

The bass fishing remains excellent on Santee Cooper, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

March 31

Santee Cooper water levels are at 76.25 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.43 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5) and the lower lake is dirtier than the upper lake. Water temperatures have gotten as high the low to mid-70s in places. 

The bass fishing is wide open and pretty fantastic right now on Santee Cooper, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

March 25

Santee Cooper water levels are at 75.20 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.90 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Water temperatures have risen into the 60s and the lakes have cleared considerably. 

There might be other ways to catch bass on Santee Cooper, but Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

March 12

Santee Cooper water levels are at 76.57 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.15 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Water temperatures range from the upper 50s to low 60s, and the whole lake is still muddy.

It’s March on Santee, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

February 28

Santee Cooper water levels are at 76.36 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 75.01 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). The whole system is muddy, and water temperatures have dropped into the low 50s. 

When bass are able to move away from extremely dirty water that is often what they will do, but when there is no clean water to be found they have no choice but to get used to it. And figuring out how to adapt to the mud is exactly what Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

February 18

Santee Cooper water levels are at 76.39 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.73 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5). Surface temperatures in the lower lake are around 55 degrees, but with so much inflow the upper lake is running closer to 50. The whole system is muddy, and even though some areas are slightly cleaner it is generally not much.

To say that the Santee Cooper lakes are muddy is really an understatement, and Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

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