WEEKLY FISHING REPORT PROVIDED BY SCFISHINGREPORT.COM May 21
Crappie: Good. Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that crappie are still out on brush and feeding well. Fish have been around a wide range of brush from 7-25 feet of water, and most of the brushpiles in that depth range have at least a few fish around them that will eat minnows. While there are not a lot of monsters being caught some nice 1 ½ to 2 pound fish have been boated, and there is also a very strong population of ¾ pound fish (indicating a good spawn two years ago).
Bream: Good. Captain Steve English reports that bluegills are just starting to bed, and anglers should look around shallow cover in a foot or two of water. Aggressive spawning fish will take a variety of natural and artificial baits.
Largemouth bass: Fair to good. Captain Linwood Thornhill (843-509-8174) reports that the bass bite has been pretty good on Santee. While there are probably not many fish that have not spawned yet, Linwood did see a monster 9 pound 14 ounce fish recently that was full of eggs and looked like a March or April bass. Overall a lot of fish can be found around cypress trees in 3-5 feet of water, and there are also a decent number of fish around grass. There are also some fish hanging around depth changes in 5-10 feet of water such as drops and depressions close to shallow water. Plastics worms, lizards and crankbaits will all catch fish.
Catfish: Fair. Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) reports that catfishing has been pretty slow both drifting and shallow anchoring in the upper end of Lake Marion, while on the lower end of that lake anglers are having more success but the bite should still only be rated as fair. Overall the bite on Lake Moultrie is also fair.
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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.