Fishing & Hunting

The Santee Cooper Lakes System

 

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.
 

Resident & Non-resident South Carolina Fishing & Hunting Licenses

 

Combination Resident:

  • Combination Hunting, Freshwater Fishing and Big Game License $25.00
  • Sportsman’s License -WMA, Big Game, Hunting & Freshwater Fishing $50.00
  • Junior Sportsman (16-17) WMA, Big Game, Hunting & Freshwater Fishing $16.00

 

Fishing Resident:

  • State Freshwater Fishing $10.00
  • 14 Day Freshwater Fishing $5.00
  • Lake & Reservoir Permit valid when using cane pole and natural bait in the following areas only: Lakes Marion, Moultrie, Murray, Greenwood, Wylie, Fishing Creek, Wateree, Thurmond, Stevens Creek, Hartwell, Richard B. Russell, Jocassee, Keowee, Ashwood and Parr Reservoir, Monticello Reservoir and Monticello Sub-Impoundment $3.00
  • Annual Saltwater Fishing License – Required to harvest oysters or clams or fish for fin fish from privately owned boat $10.00
  • 14 day Recreational Saltwater Fishing License $5.00
  • Shrimp Baiting Permit – Required to take shrimp by cast net over bait $25.00

 

Fishing Non-resident:

  • Annual Freshwater Fishing License required for all freshwater. Also required on all SCDNR managed lakes and with all non-game fishing devices $35.00
  • 7 Day Freshwater Fishing License – Same Privileges and Requirements as the Annual Freshwater Fishing License. Valid for seven consecutive days only $11.00
  • Annual Non-Resident Saltwater Fishing License (required to harvest oysters or clams or to fish for marine fish from privately owned boats) $35.00
  • 14 day non-resident saltwater fishing license $11.00
  • Shrimp Baiting Permit- Required to take shrimp by cast net over bait $500.00

 

Hunting Resident:

  • State Hunting $12.00
  • County Hunting good only in county of residence $5.00
  • Big Game Permit – Required for deer, turkey and bear** $6.00
  • Wildlife Management Permit – Required on all WMA lands. Not required for fishing** $30.50
  • Turkey Tags – Required of all ages to hunt wild turkey** FREE
  • Migratory Bird Permit – Required of persons 16 & older to hunt all migratory birds** FREE
  • State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp – Required of persons 16 and older to hunt all migratory waterfowl. Must be signed across the face** $5.50

 

Hunting Non-resident:

  • Annual Hunting $125.00
  • 10 Day Hunting valid for 10 consecutive days $75.00
  • 3 Day Hunting – valid for 3 consecutive days $40.00
  • Big Game Permit – required for deer, turkey and Bear** $100.00
  • Individual Antlerless Deer Tags – (buck only hunts) $5.00
  • Wildlife Management Permit – Required on all WMA lands. Not required for fishing** $76.00
  • Migratory Bird Permit – Required of persons 16 & older to hunt all migratory birds** FREE
  • State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp – Required of persons 16 & old to hunt all migratory waterfowl. Must be signed across the face** $5.50
  • Turkey Tags – Required for all ages to hunt wild turkey** FREE
  • Shooting Preserve Permit $8.50

**A valid hunting license and other applicable licenses, permits, tags or stamps are required in addition to these items.

 

Boat Rentals

• Bells Marina, Eutawville (803) 492-7924 Jon/Skiff $40 – $50, Houseboats $250/night

• J & J Marina, Manning (803) 478-2490 Pontoon $100 – $150

• Jack’s Creek Marina, Summerton (803) 478-2793 Jon/Skiff $35 – $50

• Lake Marion Resort Marina, Santee (803) 854-2136 Pontoon $75-$150 when available

• Lakeside Marina & Resort, Eutawville (803) 492-7226
Jon/Skiff $50-$75, Pontoons $125-$195, Houseboats call for price, Runabouts/ski $250/day

• Lakevue Landing,Manning,(803) 478-2133 Pontoon $75- $125

• Poplar Creek Marina, Elloree, (803) 897-2811Jon/Skiff $35 – $55

• Poinsett State Park, Wedgefield (803) 494-8177Jon/Skiff $2.50 – $12

• Randolph’s Landing, Manning (803) 478-2152 Pontoon $130/day

• Rocks Pond Campground, Eutawville (803) 492-7711 Pontoon $125/day $200 (24hrs.) Jon/Skiff $25/$50

• Fisheagle at Santee State Park, Santee (803) 854-4005, Jon-$40-$47, Canoe/Kayak $10/Hr. $35/day

• Scarborough’s Marina, Summerton (803) 478-2184, Pontoon $95-$150, Jet Skis $65/Hr. or $350 for a full day

 
CLICK HERE for a listing of U.S. Coast Guard Licensed fishing guides.

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