Electric utility Santee Cooper built Lakes Marion and Moultrie in the 1940s to generate power, but sixty years later, they’re best known for that project’s welcome byproduct-fish. From bass to crappie, the lakes have historically produced national record catches. Catfish take the prize. Whomever you choose amongst the many guides at the fish camps, you’re virtually guaranteed a healthy catch, and you might just land a 30+ pounder (a 109-pound blue catfish was caught this spring).
Directions from Charleston: Take exit 199 off I-26 W to Hwy 17A N. At Moncks Corner, left on to SC Hwy 6. Follow for 15 miles around lake to Hwy 45 (Trojan Rd.). Turn right and head 2 miles until you cross the canal between the lakes.
Lake Moultrie Guide Listings: www.santeecoopercats.net