SANTEE — This past weekend, April 6 and 7, the Santee Lakes held their highly-anticipated Catfish Opener to kick off the start of the whiskerfish season. Hundreds of anglers turned out for the occasion and few were disappointed with the results.
“The Catfish Opener this past weekend was a huge success,” said lakes’ Ranger Greg Even. “Two-thousand pounds of catfish were split into lakes 3 and 4, making for some great fishing. Limits were taken out of both lakes.”
THE SANTEE LAKES’ catfish opener was held this past weekend, and anglers scored easy limits of kitties; many of which were tagged fish worth prizes. Here, 5-year-old Lilya Gove-Purtteman holds the tagged catfish she caught which earned her the tackle box at her feet. Good job, Lilya!
Bryce Lund plucked 4 catfish from Lake 4 using shrimp, including the largest of the weekend at 4.15 pounds. That fish earned the angler an iPod Touch. Ten-year-old C.J. Moir used mackerel in Lake 3 for a 3.9-pound whiskerfish. Sean Mayes caught a tagged 3 pounder soaking the same bait in Lake 4; earning a Sam’s Outdoorsman MiniFighter rod holder. Brooklynn and Rayven Greer had a couple of cats from Lake 4; the largest of which weighed 3 pounds and another tagged fish good for a rod and reel combo. Naa Saliaphiw used m&m combos in Lake 4 for a total of 4 kitties to 3 pounds. One of those fish was also tagged and worth a rod and reel combo.
Joe Gregory soaked mackerel in Lake 3 for a tagged 2-pound, 12-ounce cat worth a pair of adult and junior fishing permits. Andrew Lane used shrimp in Lake 3 for a 2.9 pounder. Gavin Pankau landed a tagged 2.5-pound cat using mealworms in Lake 4. That fish earned Pankau a two-night camping trip. Five-year-old Lilya Gove-Purtteman won a tackle box for the tagged fish she caught on PowerBait in Lake 4.
Leonard Autterson took home a pair of adult and junior fishing permits for the specially-marked kitty he landed on a nightcrawler in Lake 3. Eleven-year-old Brendan Klima landed a tagged cat worth a Daiwa rod and reel combo using a nightcrawler in Lake 4. Andrew Forrester and his father used mealworms in Lake 4 for a total of 8 cats weighing 18 pounds. J.P. Mason creeled a 14-pound, 2-ounce stringer of kitties using the same approach.
The next catfish plant is slated to arrive sometime this Friday, April 12.