Santee Cooper creates new fishing spot in Lake Moultrie

Fish attractors going in Lake Moultrie.

LAKE MOULTRIE, S.C. (WCIV) - There is a new fishing spot in Lake Moultrie thanks to the some new additions by Santee Cooper, the state's Department of Natural Resources and Santee Cooper Counties Promotion Commission.

Thursday was perfectly calm out on Lake Moultrie, great for a boat ride to check the status of Santee Cooper's latest project.

"We are placing fish attractors or artificial reefs into Lake Moultrie just off of Bonneau Beach near Russellville," said Willard Strong, Public Relations Specialist at Santee Cooper

But it's no small task getting them in the water. The concrete structures weigh thousands of pounds. All 40 items were donated by two local businesses, General Precast in Moncks Corner and PC&P in North Charleston.

"We were able to use something that was going to be discarded and something that will be beneficial use to the public," said Strong. "We have the equipment; we have the barge; we have the crane. We have the expertise so it's great when all the different folks can come together and do something to help out the fishing on the lakes."

Once dumped into the water, they will sink 30 feet below the surface and become a new home to all different species of fish.

"We are trying to build some permanent structure out here to hold fish for anglers to come and catch fish on a regular basis. It's a good place to start for people that don't know the lakes very well," said Scott Lamprecht with DNR.

Striped bass is the fish that made Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion famous because they are home of the world's first freshwater striped bass.

A yellow buoy with a fish and a hook marks the spot where anglers should drop their poles and wait for a nibble.

And at the end of the day, those involved hope these slabs of concrete provide benefits to fishermen for years to come.

"Fishing is of vital economic importance on the Santee Cooper lakes," said Strong. "The annual economic impact is over $400 million on the five counties."