Last Update 05/02/2020
Boating and Water Safety
Boating, skiing and swimming rules and regulations are vital to the safety of everyone on the Lake. Please review the 2020 Lake Santee Boating Rules & Regulations Highlights that were included in your Dues & Assessment packet. A link to the document is located below for your reference. Please share this information with guests who may be using your boat this summer, so everyone can have a happy and safe summer on the water.
The Lake is well known for bass fishing and is stocked annually with a variety of fish. It is an excellent fishing lake with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, hybrid striped bass (wiper), walleye, black crappie, blue gill, catfish and others. The Lake Santee Bass Club holds Team Bass Tournaments from April through September of each year.
FISHING RULES AND REGULATIONS
7.1 Only members of the Association in good standing and their invited guests will be permitted to fish in Lake Santee. Guests must be in the company of a member.
7.2 Largemouth Bass: no fish less than 21 inches shall be removed from the lake. Daily bag limit is set at 1 fish per day.
7.3 Hybrid Striped Bass: no fish less than 21 inches shall be removed from the lake. Daily bag limit is set at 1 fish per day.
7.4 Bluegill: no restrictions.
7.5 Crappie: daily bag limit is set at 25 fish per day.
7.6 Redear Sunfish: daily bag limit is set at 15 fish per day.
7.7 Catfish: no restrictions.
7.9 Trot lines and jug fishing are prohibited.
7.10 No fishing tournaments or contests will be permitted without prior approval of the Board of Directors.
7.11 An individual must not bring to Lake Santee to be used as bait any of the following species: carp, gizzard shad, bull head catfish (all three species), green sunfish, goldfish, suckers, and any other invasive or exotic species. The above mentioned species of fish may be collected by cast net from Lake Santee and used as bait. All unused bait must be killed and properly disposed of, and not returned to the lake alive when finished. Acceptable live bait (minnows) to be brought to the lake are store bought or wild shiners, fathead minnows and creek chubs. However, all live bait used at the lake must not be turned loose alive into the lake when finished.
7.12 The use of minnow seines are prohibited on Lake Santee.
A full, updated copy of the Lake Santee Rules & Regulations are located here or are available from the Lake Santee Office.