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CATFISH AT SANTEE COOPER
SANTEE COOPER CATFISHING
Santee Guide Service is family owned and operated by brothers Ron & David Gray
Located on beautiful lake Marion the largest lake in South Carolina. The lake covers 110 thousand acres and is part of the Santee Cooper river system. It was created in the early 1940s as part of the Santee Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project. It is fed by many tributaries including Wyboo Creek and the Santee River, also by numerous springs including Eutaw Springs. The lake is named for the Revolutionary War General Francis Marion, whose home, Pond Bluff, was one of those flooded when the lake was created.
Lake Marion is known for its big fish and abundant wildlife. The state fishing record for Largemouth Bass (16.2 Ibs) is held on this lake. Other notable records for the Santee Cooper system Include Blue Catfish (109.4lbs), Black Crappie (5.0 lbs), and Channel Catfish (58.0 lbs). Other wildlife that call Lake Marion home include deer, fox, squirrel, turtle, dove, turkey, alligator and various species of duck, hawk, eagle, egret and osprey.
Conditions vary from shallow swamps and black water ponds to vast open water with a multitude of underwater structures.
Lake Marion was not completely cleared when it was created, and as a result, there are thousands of stumps, standing dead tree trunks and live cypress trees.Our guide camp and lodging facilities is located on the lake at Poplar Creek Landing.
Due to the mild winters we are open all year. Whether you are interested in fishing for that monster catfish of a lifetime, hunting turkey and deer, or an alligator photo safari, you have found the right place.
We love to hear from folks who are interested in hunting and fishing. Please feel free to call or email us at any time with questions about our guide service or the Santee area in general.
We look forward to seeing you Soon !
Dave & Ron
The Santee Cooper Lakes System and Fishing Lakes Marion & Moultrie
The Santee Cooper lake system consists of two lakes, Marion 110,600 acres and Moultrie 60,400 acres. These two lakes are joined by the 6.5 mile diversion canal. These world-class fishing lakes were created from 1939 to 1942 for a hydroelectric project by the South Carolina Public Service Authority, commonly known as "Santee Cooper" because of the two river systems the project connected. At the present time these lakes hold a world record Channel Catfish (58 lbs). These lakes held the world records for Striped Bass until 1993, its weight was 55 lbs. and Arkansas Blue until 1996, its weight was 109.4 lbs. State records currently held are: Largemouth Bass - 16.2 lbs, Black Crappie - 5 lbs., Chain (Jack) - 6.4 lbs., Shellcracker - 5.7 lbs, Warmouth 2.25 lbs., Channel Catfish - 58 lbs., and Arkansas Blue Catfish - 109.4 lbs., Flathead - 77.3 lbs.
The lakes vary from shallow swamps and blackwater ponds to vast open water with a multitude of underwater structures. Lake Marion was not completely cleared, as a result fishermen will find there are thousands of stumps, standing dead tree trunks and live cypress trees. Lake Moultrie is more open and is 14 miles across at its widest point.
These lakes do not ice over during the winter and there is no closed season for fishing. Weather permitting, fishing is year round.