WEEKLY FISHING REPORT PROVIDED BY SC DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES March 20
Crappie: Fair. Captain Steve English reports that on warm days some fish can be caught, but on cold days there is very little fishing activity. On warm days fish are moving towards the creeks, and they can be caught as shallow as 3-4 feet around trees and the edges of grass – particularly early and late. Fish are not spawning yet but they are getting ready to. On cooler days the best bet is to stick to the middle of creeks in 10-12 feet of water and fish minnows and jigs 8-12 feet down. Some people are drifting and tight-lining, but the most popular technique is to anchor down and throw out bobbers.
Catfish: Slow to fair. Captain Jim Glenn reports that he has had some limited success in Lake Marion drifting middle depths from 22-26 feet of water, but after the water temperatures dropped that bite cooled off. Some shallow water bite has been reported from time to time, but it is not yet consistent in the traditional early spring spots.
Largemouth bass: Slow to fair. Captain Jimmie Hair reports that before the recent cold snap some nice fish had started to move up shallow, but the cold weather likely pushed those fish back out (as also happened around the ice storm). If the weather cooperates fish should be moving up shallow into areas where they will be bedding, such as lily pads in a couple of feet of water. Soft plastics including Senkos and Zoom Magnum Finesse worms are a good bet, and shallow running crankbaits should also work well.
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MARINE EVENT APPLICATION NOW ONLINE
The Marine Event Application for Approval is now on the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) website. This application is required for any type of marine event that includes 20 or more boats using state waterways. The form also needs to be completed if an event is coordinated on the water and does not include boats, such as charity rubber duck races and swimming contests. In order to have an event approved, the coordinator must complete the application and submit the form to the DNR's Charleston Marine Investigations Office at least 30 days prior to the scheduled event. Applicants must also enclose a chart or scale drawing showing the boundaries of the event and/or various watercourses or areas to be used by participants and spectators, as well as the proposed rules and regulations governing the event. The application is accessible online at (PDF file) www.dnr.sc.gov/boating/Forms/PDF/Marineeventapp.pdf. For additional questions, or to receive a mailed or faxed Marine Event Application for Approval, contact the DNR's Marine Investigations Office in Charleston at (843) 953-9378. DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people. Find out more about DNR at www.dnr.sc.gov.