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March 3, 2009

Adult-youth fishing opens March 4 at Bonneau Ferry

Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located near Cordesville in Berkeley County, opens to adult/youth public fishing March 4. This is the fifth year of adult/youth public fishing on Bonneau Ferry. This adult/youth only fishing area continues to be something of a hidden treasure for Lowcountry residents looking for a quality outdoor experience with the family.

Fishing on Bonneau Ferry WMA will be allowed on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays during daylight hours only from March 4 through Oct. 31. The exception to this schedule is that the area is closed on Saturday mornings in April until 11 a.m. for youth turkey hunts and closed all day during scheduled deer hunts in the fall. Check the rules and regulations brochure for specific hunt dates.
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. All reservoirs will be open for fishing this year unless specified by postings at the WMA.

Creel limits per person per day are as follows: 2 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 lake and pond locations can be obtained at the kiosk at the main entrance. For more information, 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.

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.

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