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Williamsburg County's Hidden Gem

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Tucked away in South Carolina’s Williamsburg County are a number of hidden gems for kayak anglers – the oxbow lakes and ponds of Wee Tee State Forest. 

The 12,000-plus acre Wee Tee State Forest is located along the Santee River, and is part of the Santee's floodplain. It was acquired by the South Carolina State Forestry Commission in 2004.

Wee Tee Lake and Ferry Lake are chock-full of fish. Several species of bream (including warmouth and bluegill), largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish are among the species found in these lakes. Huge gar - in excess of three feet - can be seen busting the surface. Big carp are frequently spotted tailing in the shallows.

The lakes of Wee Tee are open Wednesday-Saturday only. Friday is a youth fishing day; each adult must be accompanied by a child seventeen or younger. A SC state fishing license is required, and state regulations apply. No gas motors are allowed, but electric motors are permitted.

I had the opportunity to take my kids fishing recently, and Wee Tee Lake did not disappoint. My oldest had a blast fishing with a Texas-rigged worm, getting plenty of bass hits and a few smaller fish. He also caught a nice slab crappie on a Johnson™ Beetle Spin®, as well as a number of bream. My little one caught two bream and a small bass. This place is perfect for bringing kids fishing!

For adults – you'll be entertained, too. There are bigger bass lurking about. I lost a couple nice bass during a recent trip, with one that looked to be around five pounds. Working worms around the many pieces of structure along the edges will not only yield bass, but nice hand-sized bream - including the larger-mouthed “warmouth” that are abundant here.

During my last trip, the bass were eating up the pumpkin and chartreuse ZOOM worms. Texas-rigged offerings worked great, and kept me busy while the bite was hot during the cooler morning hours. As afternoon set-in, the bite slowed noticeably. Talking to some locals, it seemed like the morning and early evenings were the better times here. Beetle Spin® lures and crappie grubs were productive for bream and crappie.

Wee Tee State Forest has several access points. Wee Tee Lake can be accessed via dirt road, off Santee Road (County Road 45) across from Sutton Methodist Church. Ferry Lake, another small lake in Wee Tee, is accessed via dirt road off US 17-A/SC Hwy 41 on the north side of the Santee River.

Wee Tee State Forest on the internet: http://www.state.sc.us/forest/weetee.htm


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Lewis G. Brownlee

Lewis G. Brownlee (Elgeebee) is a native South Carolinian, and avid outdoorsman.  He is the president of the "Lowcountry Kayak Anglers" club in Charleston, SC.


# islandgeek 2014-07-15 18:13
Great article Lewis! that lake looks like a really cool place to Yak fish. :-)
# smj190 2014-07-15 23:36
Good article Lewis!
# Sauerkraut 2014-10-23 08:56
I had an oopurtunity to fish here recently with some friends. I caught my new personal best Largemouth on a Strike King KVD crankbait. Anyone who gets a chance to go here will not be disappointed.

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