WEEKLY FISHING REPORT PROVIDED BY SC DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES March 2015
Catfish: Slow. Captain Jim Glenn reports that catfishing has essentially been slow recently, and winds and weather have limited fishing on the lakes. Catfish can be found both deep and shallow right now, with anchoring the best bet for success. Try fishing for cats around suspended bait in deep water, or in wind-blown shallow areas. Catfish (and striper) may be keying on stressed or dying threadfin shad, and gulls will be feeding on dying shad across the system. When they are found in shallow water wading birds will be picking up shad on the surface. Catfish will rise to the surface to feed on these same baitfish, and even when this happens over deeper water fishing right under the surface can be effective. Note that mid-day fishing can be strong. Jim also reports that some fish have been caught up in the swamp/ river area at the top of Lake Marion, particularly when the water was first rising. Once water levels began to fall the bite also declined.
Largemouth bass: Fair Captain Steve English reports that overall bass fishing can be a little tough, but on sunny afternoons fish can move up shallower and become more active. Fishing crankbaits in 8-12 feet of water Steve caught six fish in the 3 – 6 ½ pound range recently under these conditions.
CHECK OUT NEW WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS, HERITAGE PRESERVES WEBSITE Getting information about Wildlife Management Areas and Heritage Preserves is now easier than ever with a new S.C. Department of Natural Resources Web site. You can browse by location and search by activity. Check specific boat ramps and bird sanctuaries. Get driving directions, GPS coordinates and much more. Find out more at: https://www.dnr.sc.gov/mlands/lookup. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) owned and managed Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and Heritage Preserves are protected areas that play a critical role in conserving fish, wildlife and other natural resources, and as such serve a different purpose than state park lands. Appropriate and compatible uses of DNR managed lands are hunting, fishing, wildlife or other natural resource observation, wildlife or other natural resource photography, environmental education, and environmental interpretation
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.