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#06-55 March 6, 2006

Adult/youth fishing opened March 4 at Bonneau Ferry

Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area, located near Cordesville in Berkeley County, opened to adult/youth public fishing on Saturday, March 4. This is the second year of adult/youth public fishing on Bonneau Ferry.

“We were very pleased with last year’s fishing season,” said Will Carlisle, wildlife biologist at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Dennis Wildlife Center in Bonneau. “Most groups managed to catch a few fish and seemed happy with the quality of the fishing.”

For more information on adult/youth fishing at Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area, call the Dennis Wildlife Center in Bonneau at (843) 761-8820 or (843) 825-3388 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fishing on Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be allowed on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during daylight hours only from March 4 through Oct. 31, according to Carlisle. The exception to this schedule is that the area is closed on Saturday mornings until 11 a.m. during April for youth turkey hunts and closed all day during scheduled deer hunts in the fall. Check the DNR rules and regulations booklet for specific hunt dates.

“Hunting and fishing on Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area is oriented towards providing quality outdoor opportunities for younger generations,” Carlisle said. In order to fish on the area, a youth (17 years or younger) must be actively fishing and must be accompanied by no more than two adults at least 18 years of age. Adults are not allowed to fish unless they are accompanied by a youth. Boats will be allowed, however they may be operated only under the power of an electric motor or by paddling. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Creel limits per person per day are as follows: two largemouth bass; 10 panfish (crappie, bluegill, redear, pumpkinseed, redbreast). There are no size restrictions.

Participants are reminded to pay attention to areas and roads that are closed to vehicles. Signs reminding participants of these regulations are posted at the main entrance. Maps showing lakes and ponds located can be obtained at the kiosk at the main entrance.

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