Santee-Cooper

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Santee-Cooper Fishing Charters

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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.
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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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9/11 Trip
CARLTON A. fished with Nav-a-gator Charter Service on September 11, 2021
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Make sure you eat, use the restroom and bring cash before you arrive.
An 8hr. Night fishing trip.
Phil R. fished with Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson on September 1, 2021
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Book a trip with Captain Mark Lawson, he will put you on the fish.
Attempted fishing trip
Johnna O. fished with Nav-a-gator Charter Service on July 30, 2021
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Watch the weather closely. We had to reschedule a couple times due to very bad weather
Full day trip with Captain Bill
Vivian S. fished with Fishin' Adventures on June 25, 2021
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Lake Marion is a lot of fun. Enjoy it as much as you can.
Full day trip with Captain Bill
‘Maria E. fished with Fishin' Adventures on February 19, 2021
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Fishin’ Adventures with Captain Bill is amazing!
July fishing trip
Cleveland M. fished with Nav-a-gator Charter Service on July 25, 2020
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If you go in July bring lots of water and sun screen and don't be afraid to have fun with the captain he was so so cool.captain pageit was awesome and very Knowledgeable about catfishing and he did not mind at all to share some of that knowledge with us and he really answered every question we asked . It started out slow but captain Brad was relentless at putting us on fish my next trip for catfish will be with him . My 2 friends that was with me was reeling them in awesome job guys can't wait to do another trip with them.
Full day trip with Capt Brad
David M. fished with Nav-a-gator Charter Service on June 25, 2020
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Be patient with the weather. Don't give up to quickly.
June fishing trip
Tobias T. fished with Nav-a-gator Charter Service on June 4, 2020
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Make sure you bring the proper equipment for the heat from the sun... And stay hydrated...

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Santee-Cooper

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Santee-Cooper costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $389, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $446. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Santee-Cooper is 24 ft and the most common vessel type is a Pontoon.

According to customer reviews, Captain J Hook Charters – Cross, Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson, and Fishin' Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Santee-Cooper. Full list of top fishing charters in Santee-Cooper.

Captain J Hook Charters – Cross, Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson, and Fishin' Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Santee-Cooper.

The best way to experience fishing in Santee-Cooper is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Santee-Cooper.

The most popular fish species you can target are Catfish, Bass (Striped), and Bass (Largemouth). Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, light tackle, and drift fishing. Lake fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Santee-Cooper.