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    Catfish are moving into the upper and lower ends of the canal, cut bait, herring and gizzard shad are your best baits.
    In the lakes, drifting across clay & mussel shell bars in 4' to 8' of water using cut bait are catching the bigger fish . Anchoring on same bars using stink baits have been productive for smaller fish. Sonny's blood bait and Murrells stink bait are your best baits.
Reports of 23' to 30' drifting along ledges have been productive also.
    Bream are moving in shallows setting up to spawn leading into the May full moon. Bedding around bullrush grass, lilly-pads, primrose (known as gator grass) in 2' to 4' of water in the protective backwaters with sandy bottoms is the areas to look for. Wigglers,wax,chartreus wigglers and crickets are the best baits.


        With warm weather and approaching moon, shellcrackers are biting very good with limits caught easily, still in shallow waters around grass beds of bullrushes being the best. Chartreus wigglers and crickets are your best offering.
       Some schooling in shallow flats has been reported catching them on Spooks and Pencil Poppers. Live bait fishing (Herring) off the Hatchery and Bonneau in 25' to 40' and in front of the Jefferies Dam in 50' has also been productive.
 Remember the limit is 3 per person with a length being 26" length.
   Crappie have spawned and moved out of shallow water to deeper outside structure 15' to 25'. Brush piles, fallen trees, standing timber, and creek channel ledges are the areas to fish. Minnows, chartreus gigs are the best baits.
Largemouth Bass:
     Lunkers are still in shallow, with a little spawning going on , grasses and pads are your places to concentrate on.
     Skinneydippers, big easy, canethumpers, Flukes, and frogs and buzzbaits are working well,
    Brushhogs, Texas rigged worms, Senko's fished slow
     Series 1 Bandit , 1.5 KVD Strike King, and Spro (John Crews signature series)  shallow around trees for post spawn
We have all your baits, live or artificial for your needs, food in Mac Daddy's restaurant, Liscense, gas, RV sites and lodging if you decide to stay overnight. Come enjoy your visit with us.



Canal Lakes Fish Camp
Santee Cooper Lakes
Hwy 45 (on the Diversion Canal)
139 Canal Landing Road, Cross, SC 29436

Open 5:30 AM