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Old 03-10-2006, 10:07 PM
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Santee Cooper System
* Water temperature is rising and the American shad run is increasing. Fishing has been good in the Cooper River Tailrace Canal near Moncks Corner, but varies with time of day and discharge from Pinopolis Dam. Anglers have had good success fishing from the bank on the Rediversion Canal near St. Stephen as well. Bank access is available from a parking lot at the end of Platt Road.
LAKE MARION: Largemouth Bass: Slow. Try topwater lures. Striped Bass: Fair casting bucktails to schooling fish or fishing live small blueback herring, shad or shiners. White Perch: Slow. Try jigging off the bottom with Hopkins spoons. Crappie: Fair, Try using small and medium minnows over deep brush piles, bridge pilings and piers. Catfish: Good, using cut shad off the bottom in deep water. Bream and Shellcrackers: Slow. Try red-worms, wigglers and nightcrawlers.
LAKE MOULTRIE: Largemouth Bass: Good, using plastic worms and crankbaits in shallow water in coves 2-4 feet deep. Striped Bass: Good, trolling with artificial worms. Crappie: Slow. Try minnows around fish attraction areas. Catfish: Good, using cut bait 20-35 deep. Bream: Fair. Try using crickets, redworms, and small minnows, around manmade fish attractors. Shellcrackers: Slow, try redworms along the banks along river runs and points.
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