Rediversion Canal at Santee Cooper Lake

Discussion in 'SOUTH CAROLINA LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by ga_sportsman, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. ga_sportsman

    ga_sportsman New Member

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    Hi,I was wondering how the water and fishing is at the rediversion canal was.I might have a trip there in Feb. how should the fishing be there then?Wife and neice wants to go shopping and ride to Charleston while I fish then.Planning to stay at Harry's if I get to go.How is the water there now?
     
  2. ga_sportsman

    ga_sportsman New Member

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    Forgot to mention.I have fished above the first bridge at the rediverson canal toward the dam at the off limits sign,that is the closest you can get to the dam.I have seen some nice fish come out of that part.
     

  3. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Lee, welcome to the BOC, first of all. The lakes are so low right now that there is no water being released through the re diversion into the Santee River, and probably won't be for the foreseeable future. February is too far off to predict right now; it all depends on whether we get significant rain or not. The ramp at Russelville landing is barely usable, depending on the size your boat, and access onto the open lake from there is very 'iffy'. If you launch from Harry's (assuming you still could by then), it may be hard to get to the canal area by boat, unless you trailer to Russelvile.
    Conditions may, and hopefully will, change before February. I would suggest checking in from time to time on this forum. I hope you do get to fish, and catch some big 'uns.
     
  4. ga_sportsman

    ga_sportsman New Member

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    Thank you,Is it trure close to the dam at the rediversion canal there are not any boating allowed there?
    Is there any other places to fish from the bank at ?I fished one place across from Hills from the bank and the rediversion canal.That is about the only places I have fished from the bank.I am not planning on bringing a boat this trip.
     
  5. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Lee, there are several roads that cross the rediversion canal between russelville landing and the power plant at St. Stephen. Look at most any map and you can find those crossings. I see quite a few people fishing from the bank by parking near the bridges and walking along the canal. There are signs posted perhaps 1/2 mile from the power plant that prohibit passing beyond there, but that still leaves more than 3 mile of canal to fish.
    When there is current in the canal, the fishing would certainly be better, but I see quite a few still fishing there, so they are probably catching something. I was on the canal some time back, and there was a guy from GA there; said he fishes there on a regular basis, and he has several nice bluecats that day. :big_smile:
     
  6. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    Maybe Blackwaterkatz can shed some light on this one -

    Several times on the way to Wilson's Landing (on the Santee right below the Lake Marion Dam) I have seen cars or trucks parked on the left (dam) side of the road on the straightaway that leads to the landing. Are folks parking there and walking up to fish off the dam?
     
  7. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Yes, John. They are bank fishermen, but Santee Cooper has fenced off that area recently in order to keep people from driving on the grass and leaving ruts. It is permissible to fish upstream to the cable, about 250 yds above the boat landing. There is also some pretty good bank fishing below the landing, but requires considerable walking in some cases.
    I recently had a chance to catch some fish in the sanctuary on rod/reel, all in a day's work, too. :cool2:
     

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  8. rivercatsc

    rivercatsc New Member

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    I dont know how you do it Tommy. Everyday that job of yours gets harder and harder. Im glad to see you are finally getting some time off to rest.LOL
     
  9. ga_sportsman

    ga_sportsman New Member

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    Is the water level normal at the rediversion canal now behind the dam at St. Stephen.There at the off limits sign is where I fished at.Just ove the dike from the gate and parking area.It was last Nov. of last year when I was there.
     
  10. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Lee, the river level is low, but is more or less at a normal 'low' level due to a small discharge through the santee dam at Wilson's. However there is no current there, http://waterdata.usgs.gov/sc/nwis/uv?cb_00065=on&cb_00060=on&cb_00010=on&format=gif_stats&period=7&site_no=02171645 and the water is really clear, last time I was there about 3 weeks back.
    There may be fish to be caught, but current makes things much better. I haven't but a very few people fishing that area in quite a while.
    Another option may be where US Hwy 52 crosses the old Santee River, north of St. Stephen about 5 miles. There is a boat landing on the north side. Haven't seen many people fishing there either, though.
     
  11. scwolf

    scwolf Member

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    We use to fish the rediversion quite a bit, I haven't been there in awhile, but we've always caught a few fish. During the early part of the year we've caught a few big blues out of the rediversion, and in the summertime you can catch some very nice channels out of there with the occasional blue in the mix also. I might be trying the rediversion here soon to see if there is a winter bite going on down there. Now that I am selling my pontoon I will be bank fishing again more than normal.
     
  12. ga_sportsman

    ga_sportsman New Member

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    I still hope to get there in Feb. around the first weekend.If my wife doent go I will set me up a tent at Harry's if he has tent camping.Does anyone know?I hope the water level is up then.
     
  13. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Yes, Lee, Harry's has tent camping on a first come, first served basis, I think, but they shouldn't be crowded at that time.
     
  14. ga_sportsman

    ga_sportsman New Member

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    I cant wait to get there .I hope I dont get disapointed and not get to go.I have already started wearing my Harry's Fish camp hat every day trying to get ready.
     
  15. ga_sportsman

    ga_sportsman New Member

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    Does anyone have a phone number or anyone I can call to find out how far the water is from the bank on the rediversion canal near the dam at St.Stephen.?Thank you
     
  16. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    I don't know of a number, but the lake level is about 10' low, the banks are pretty steep in the canal, so the water won't be too far away from the bank, just far below. :wink:
     
  17. Roy Huber

    Roy Huber New Member

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    How is the level in the Diversion canel ( where the metal bridge crosses it) I think it is called canire landing. Can boats be put in there?

    Roy from Sumter SC
     
  18. ga_sportsman

    ga_sportsman New Member

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    Thank you,I will be checking back as time draws near.I hope they will be bitting then.
    As for the other canal between the lakes,I have heard that you can still put a boat in there.But the rediversion canal boats is not allowed.
    Does anyone know if boats is allowed on the rediversion canal?
     
  19. ga_sportsman

    ga_sportsman New Member

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    Blackwaterkatz,Is that the rediversion canal that the banks are steep too?
     
  20. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Yes, the Rediversion banks are steep, but normally are not too much above water level. Now that the water level is down, of course, it's probably 12-15 feet above the water in most places.
    As for the Diversion canal, the banks are much higher above the water, even at normal levels. Boats can still be launched at Canal Lakes, as well as Hill's Landing on the canal, as far as I know.