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#06-63 March 13, 2006

Star Fort Pond near Ninety Six opens April 1

Star Fort Pond at Ninety Six National Historic Site in Greenwood County will open Saturday, April 1 and remain open through Nov. 1.

The 27-acre Star Fort Pond near the town of Ninety Six offers fishing for bream, largemouth bass, channel catfish and crappie on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. The reservoir will be open for fishing April 1 through Nov. 1.

Star Fort Pond is part of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) State Lakes Program,Star Fort Pond designed to provide quality public fishing where the opportunity is lacking or where few well-managed fishing lakes exist. A cooperative agreement between the DNR and the National Park Service makes possible the inclusion of Star Fort Pond as a public fishing lake. The Sport Fish Restoration Program, to which anglers contribute through their purchase of fishing tackle and motorboat fuel, helps fund the management of Star Fort Pond and all other reservoirs in the DNR State Lakes program.

Check the DNR Web site at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/pdf/freshfishing.pdf or call the DNR Columbia office at (803) 734-3886 for more information on fishing regulations. Anglers 16 years of age or older must have a valid South Carolina state fishing license. The daily limit at Star Fort Pond is 20 bream, three channel catfish and three largemouth bass (12-inch minimum length). One day per year a youth fishing rodeo will be held, and size limits will not apply on that occasion. The daily limit on crappie is 30 per day. A total of 40 game fish (bream, bass, crappie) may be kept in any one day.

No minnows (shiners) are allowed for bait. The snagging of fish by any device is not allowed.

No swimming is allowed. Only electric trolling motors are allowed to power boats. No hunting or firearms allowed on lake property. Camping on lake property by written permission only of park superintendent. No fires are allowed. Littering laws are enforced. No alcoholic beverages allowed. No radio-controlled boats are allowed on fishing days.    
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