Santee-Cooper Fishing Charters

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Santee-Cooper: 13 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Summerton
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trips from US $300
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(31 reviews)
Cross
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trips from US $350
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(64 reviews)
Cross
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trips from US $400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(77 reviews)
Cross
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trips from US $400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(114 reviews)
Summerton
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trips from US $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Summerton
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trips from US $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Adams Landing
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trips from US $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Cross
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trips from US $400
Very good
4.0 / 5
(1 review)
Moncks Corner
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trips from US $400
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Cross
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trips from US $450

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Santee-Cooper

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Santee-Cooper are: Full list of top fishing charters in Santee-Cooper

The average price for a private 4 hour Santee-Cooper fishing trip is US $419, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $486 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Santee-Cooper that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Santee-Cooper are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Santee-Cooper are:

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Many fishing charters in Santee-Cooper provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Santee-Cooper are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Santee-Cooper?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Santee-Cooper are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $393
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $456
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $433

Fishing in Santee-Cooper

The Santee Cooper network of lakes undoubtedly offers up some of the best fishing in South Carolina. Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie are ranked first and third in size among the Palmetto State’s freshwaters. Take your pick of Santee Cooper fishing guides and get your hands on some of the biggest, most-prized freshwater creatures in the country. 
 
When it comes to the fish, you’ll be hard-pressed to find such beauties anywhere in the country, let alone the state. Home to world-record Catfish and the state record Largemouth Bass, the lakes already offer incredible fishing, and that’s before you get to the Stripers and Crappie. Whether you’re looking to land that prized catch or your first fish, there’s something for you here. 
 
Trips on Santee Cooper can last as little as a couple of hours or as long as a full day, so families and pro fishermen are welcome. Go after a specific fish on a tailor-made trip, or target them all over the course of the day. Some guides will even take you out at night, giving you the chance to land Catfish under the moonlight like never before. 

Rules & Regulations

You’ll need a South Carolina fishing license before you go fishing on Santee Cooper. Get a license that lasts from 14 days to a whole year, and you’re good to go. 
 
One other thing to be aware of when fishing here is the strict Striped Bass season. From June through September, you won’t be able to go after these tough creatures. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of other fish to target, as you explore these rich waters.

Santee-Cooper Fishing Seasons

January
The subtropical climate of South Carolina makes Santee Cooper the place to be for some fishing action. Come and take advantage of the Largemouth and Striped Bass bite in the deeper waters. 
February
With the prized fish out in the deep, you’ll need to hop on a boat to get out to reach them. Come with a professional captain and cast away to land that prized Bass, or a delicious Crappie to take home.
March
Spawning season is just around the corner, so get ready for a flurry of fishing activity on Lakes Marion and Moultrie. Go after the usual winter suspects before the catfishing action starts to kick in. 
April
It’s peak Bass season as the fish start spawning, giving you hit, after hit, after hit. Fish the canal between the two lakes along with the creeks leading into the river for a range of exciting and delicious fish. 
May
The warmer weather combines with the active fish to give you some of the best fishing possible on Santee Cooper. Get ready to test your strength against monster Bass, while filling the boat with Crappie too. 
June
You may not be able to target Striped Bass, but monster Catfish take their place, giving you the chance to land a prized fish. Go after Blue, White, Channel, and Flatheads and head home with a true treat.
July
Make the most of summer and explore the riches of Santee Cooper in July. Get your hands on a range of exciting fish and discover the beauty of the national and state parks that surround Lakes Marion and Moultrie. 
August
School’s out, so what better way to keep the kids entertained than with a fishing trip? Get them hooked on fishing, as they start their fishing careers targeting Crappie, before graduating to the monster Catfish.
September
There’s no sign that summer ending, with the warm weather and thrilling fishing still going on. Target Largemouth Bass in the shallows and Catfish in the deep, and you can even indulge in some night fishing.
October
As Striper season opens up once more, you’ll have the chance to target these bad boys once more. But don’t miss out on the last chance to target Catfish before they go into hiding, as you go after ‘em all.
November
While it may not feel like winter is ever going to come to South Carolina, the fish will notice the temperature drop as they go into hiding. Head out to the deep waters for your best chance of reeling in a prized Bass.
December
When other freshwater fishing grounds across the country shut up shop for winter, you’re in for a treat in Santee Cooper. Get out on the water right up ‘til the end of the year, and get your fish on one last time.

Santee-Cooper Fishing Calendar

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What anglers said about fishing in Santee-Cooper

Find a guide or ask locals what to do don’t tackle it by yourself you waste time and money
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a guide or ask locals what to do don’t tackle it by yourself you waste time and money
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
prepare for cold weather. you can take it off if it is warmer. lots of cold fronts this year warmest days may also include rain.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
prepare for cold weather. you can take it off if it is warmer. lots of cold fronts this year warmest days may also include rain.
4G Guide Service
4G Guide Service
Definitely book a charter, preferably Mark Lawson. Prepare for wind and rain. Canal lakes fish camp would be a good choice. Houses and cottages for rent, Mac Daddy’s restaurant is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Small store that has bait and tackle, snacks , beer and other drinks. One stop shopping. And the staff is great! Say hey to Jennifer and Megan at Mac Daddy’s.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely book a charter, preferably Mark Lawson. Prepare for wind and rain. Canal lakes fish camp would be a good choice. Houses and cottages for rent, Mac Daddy’s restaurant is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Small store that has bait and tackle, snacks , beer and other drinks. One stop shopping. And the staff is great! Say hey to Jennifer and Megan at Mac Daddy’s.
Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson
Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson
Listen to your guide. Have reasonable expectations. Do your research before you book your trip to determine when to go. Call guides before you book. The guides on Santee-Cooper are professionals. You will catch fish and definitely have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to your guide. Have reasonable expectations. Do your research before you book your trip to determine when to go. Call guides before you book. The guides on Santee-Cooper are professionals. You will catch fish and definitely have a great time.
4G Guide Service
4G Guide Service
Go with an experienced charter service who can help you get familiar with the lake.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with an experienced charter service who can help you get familiar with the lake.
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service Sumter, South Carolina
Unfortunately, the fish cleaning station and the bathrooms were all closed by the time we docked at Mac Daddy's and we were really counting on being able to use both. So, note to self for next time, be sure to get back to the dock at Mac Daddy's before they close everything up!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Unfortunately, the fish cleaning station and the bathrooms were all closed by the time we docked at Mac Daddy's and we were really counting on being able to use both. So, note to self for next time, be sure to get back to the dock at Mac Daddy's before they close everything up!
Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson
Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson
Hampton Inn Santee is well located and is great for anglers. It is important to see the weather conditions in the region, the weather changes constantly
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hampton Inn Santee is well located and is great for anglers. It is important to see the weather conditions in the region, the weather changes constantly
KA Guide Service Santee (Bass)
KA Guide Service Santee (Bass)
April temps at Santee are nice and not as hot and humid. Nice weather! Big fish if you can catch them hungry!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
April temps at Santee are nice and not as hot and humid. Nice weather! Big fish if you can catch them hungry!
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Santee is a big lake with lots of area to fish! Just tough finding them sometimes and making them bite. Big ones are here though!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Santee is a big lake with lots of area to fish! Just tough finding them sometimes and making them bite. Big ones are here though!
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Get a guide! They know where to take you to the fish! Captain Brad Padgett is who I recommend !
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get a guide! They know where to take you to the fish! Captain Brad Padgett is who I recommend !
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service York, SC
Book a trip with Captain Bill and fully enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Captain Bill and fully enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime.
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures Ponte Vedra, Florida
All I can say is that we had fun and enjoyed ourselves I’m sure you will too
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All I can say is that we had fun and enjoyed ourselves I’m sure you will too
Captain Leroy's Striper Charters
Captain Leroy's Striper Charters United States
Watch the weather closely. We had to reschedule a couple times due to very bad weather
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Watch the weather closely. We had to reschedule a couple times due to very bad weather
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service Orangeburg, SC
Make sure you bring the proper equipment for the heat from the sun... And stay hydrated...
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Make sure you bring the proper equipment for the heat from the sun... And stay hydrated...
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service Columbia, SC
Captain Brad with Nav-A-Gator Charter Service was awesome...had a wonderful time and the weather was great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Brad with Nav-A-Gator Charter Service was awesome...had a wonderful time and the weather was great!
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service Elgin, SC

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Santee-Cooper?

Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Fishing charter in Summerton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Captain Bill was the best. Before the trip, he promptly responded to my inquiries about places to stay, where we would meet and fishing reports. The morning of our trip was cold but we caught a few fish and captain kept trying new spots. We saw a number of MLF fisherman out scouting the lake and captain answered my many questions about tournament fishing. I had a great time and will definitely contact Captain Bill next time I get the chance to fish Santee Cooper.
Christopher  E.
Christopher E.
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Fishing charter in Summerton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Thanks Capt Bill for taking us out! Santee Coopers got the quality bass and Capt Bill will find em if you’re willing to grind it out! Very patient, great setup and knowledgeable of the lake! Look forward to the next cast!
Logan  B.
Logan B.
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Fishing charter in Cross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Bobby was amazing!! He was one of the best guides I’ve ever been with. Super knowledgeable and put us on some monster cats! I caught a PB 40 pound flathead catfish! Book your trip with captain Bobby and be ready to reel in some monsters!!!
Trenton  H.
Trenton H.
4G Guide Service
4G Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cross
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(31 reviews)
was a good trip considering weather had to deal with cold weather early as well as a higher wind than predicted. captain stuck it out on a spot he had faith in. it paid off in the long run. got a 15 lb cat on a light crappie rod. lots of fun got a variety of fish1 including crappie, bass, striped bass, catfish and a bream. was a good day away from the rat race!
George  P.
George P.
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Fishing charter in Cross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Really had a good time with Bobby. Wish we could’ve limited out but we had a blast
Terry  H.
Terry H.
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Fishing charter in Summerton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Captain William was GREAT! The weather was terrible, rain and cold, but he had the best attitude, very helpful.. and we caught fish!
Brian  E.
Brian E.
Let's Go Charter Services, LLC
Let's Go Charter Services, LLC
Fishing charter in Adams Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Very nice caption, and educational on fishing tips we caught a lot of nice fish. Very nice boat and fishing equipment
Joe  Y.
Joe Y.
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Fishing charter in Cross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Great fishing trip. We fished for both Striper and Catfish and caught a bunch of both. Lots of fun! Bobby is very knowledgeable and an all around nice guy. We will be fishing with Bobby again for sure.
Colyn  W.
Colyn W.
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Fishing charter in Summerton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Although we didn't catch many fish, it wasn't through lack of effort! The Lake level was down alot and the cold weather didn't help. Captain Bill did a stellar job of getting us on top of the fish - they simply were not aggressive.
Aaron  L.
Aaron L.
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Fishing charter in Summerton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Had a great day fishing with Bill. The bite wasn’t what we’d hoped for, but the weather was fantastic and the company couldn’t be beat. I’d asked to learn some new baits and techniques, and Bill was an excellent and patient teacher. He went above and beyond to make sure we had a great day fishing, and I’d recommend Fishing Adventures to anyone looking for a day on the lake!
Tripp  B.
Tripp B.
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Fishing charter in Cross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
What a great trip with Bobby Bobby is so knowledgeable of fishing the lake is well worth chartering Him for you fishing trip
Steven  J.
Steven J.
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Fishing charter in Cross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
We had a great day on the lake with Bobby. We caught some nice stripers. Bobby did an awesome job putting us on point. (we also missed a fews) Highly recommended Bobby!!!!
Kenneth  R.
Kenneth R.
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
Capt Brad worked hard to get us on fish that were biting. We caught some really nice cats and had a blast.
Phil  L.
Phil L.
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Fishing charter in Cross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Bobby has been doing this a long time and it shows, very professional and patient.
Jared  M.
Jared M.
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Fishing charter in Cross
Very good
4.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
We enjoyed our fishing adventure. Bob was always on the ball with places to fish, keeping our lines baited and also aware of when there was a fish biting! We enjoyed Bob as a person !
Barbara  W.
Barbara W.
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Bob’s Guide Service Encore
Fishing charter in Cross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Bob Jr. was a great guide today. Made it a good trip. Caught fish everywhere we went.
Shane  M.
Shane M.
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
We had a great time with Captain Brad. He took us to the fish and we were able to catch over 100 pounds of fish. We will definitely be going back out with Captain Brad in the near future.
Stephanie  W.
Stephanie W.
4G Guide Service
4G Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
The fishing was tough. Everyone we talked to said the same thing. But our captain (Stevie English) worked his tail off moving from place to place and found the fish. The wind was tough, but again the captain worked hard and kept the boat in position and we caught plenty fish. My brother usually finds something to complain about on every trip we take but not on this trip. He was really impressed with the effort Capt. Stevie put in to ensure we caught fish. Awesome day!!!
Chris  C.
Chris C.
4G Guide Service
4G Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Had a great time. Kids had a blast. Caught several big fish and captain was very friendly and accommodating.
Chris  R.
Chris R. Laurens, SC
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(114 reviews)
After six hours we had a full cooler of fish. Weather was great.Captain Brad put us onto some good fishing.
Craig  C.
Craig C. Harrisburg, NC

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