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Recent News

White catfish record broken on Lake Murray

Charles Earp of West Columbia, SC can take pride in his record breaking white catfish caught June 23, 2014 on Lake Murray. Using Sonny’s Bait Dip and a treble hook, Earp’s white catfish weighed in at 12-pounds 2.9-ounces. The white catfish was certified officially as the new state record on a certified scale at Ole Timey Meat Market by Ron Ahle, regional fisheries biologist for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Columbia.

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General Assembly passes new catch, possession limits on spot, whiting, Atlantic croaker

A recent amendment to the South Carolina Code of Laws (50-5-1705) is now in effect. The amended section reads as follows: It is unlawful for a person to take or possess in any one day more than fifty of a combination of the following: spot (Leiostomus xanthurus), whiting (Menticirrhus spp.), and Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) taken by hook and line. The Coastal Conservation Association was instrumental in crafting this legislation with DNR and legislators.

Director of the DNR’s Marine Office of Fisheries Management, Mel Bell, said, "This is a small pro-active step towards maintaining these fish populations as our fishing public continues to grow at a rate of about 30 percent per decade." These popular species are relatively small fish that are caught primarily in the rivers, sounds and bays, and nearshore waters. Read More...

Renew your state hunting and fishing license on June 18, 2014

License Sales for 2014-2015 hunting and fishing licenses begin on June 18, 2014. You can buy your South Carolina hunting and fishing licenses multiple ways. Licenses are available in person at any of the four regional S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offices or by visiting one of the 500 license vendors across the state. Licenses are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-866-714-3611 or by visiting the DNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase. Having your state issued identification ready and a current SC hunting/fishing license that displays your customer identification number will speed your purchase.

Residents and nonresidents age 16 and older must purchase the required licenses to hunt and fish in South Carolina. Persons born after June 30, 1979, must have successfully completed a hunter education course prior to obtain a hunting license.

Six miles Of Lake Wateree waterfront protected

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and The Conservation Fund announced on April 28 the permanent protection of 1,628 acres and more than six miles of Lake Wateree shoreline in Lancaster County. DNR will manage the property as part of its Wildlife Management Area program for habitat and water quality preservation and plans to make it available to the public for hiking, hunting, bird watching and fishing.

The newly protected land is part of a 3,452-acre tract along more than 14 miles of frontage on Lake Wateree, formerly known as Liberty Hill Farms that also contains acreage in Kershaw County. Located across the lake from Lake Wateree State Park, a majority of the property was to be developed for residential purposes. When the lakeside land was put up for sale, The Conservation Fund purchased the entire property, safeguarding the natural viewshed from the State Park and providing DNR the necessary time to secure funding for its permanent conservation.more...