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Oct. 11, 2013

6,000 bream stocked at Lake Edwin Johnson near Spartanburg

About 6,000 bream were stocked at Lake Edwin Johnson near Spartanburg on Wednesday, Oct. 9. On hand for the stocking of bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) were state Sen. Shane Martin, state Rep. Bill Chumley and S.C. Natural Resources Board member Norman Pulliam, all of Spartanburg County.

"A lot of people, like my family, like to fish, and that's quality family time," said Martin. "The people in this district can drive right here to this lake, and it's a great bank-fishing area. That's especially important for folks who don't have a boat or don't have access to one of the big reservoirs like Hartwell or Murray, which really aren't that close."

"These are wonderful amenities for the people of Spartanburg County, and the entire state, to enjoy," said Chumley. "Improving fishing in a beautiful place like Lake Edwin Johnson is putting something back for our children and grandchildren."L-R, Sen. Shane Martin, Natural Resources Board member Norman Pulliam, and Rep. Bill Chumley

"On behalf of the DNR board, we're glad that we were able to secure the funding from the General Assembly to continue and enhance programs like these improvements at Lake Edwin Johnson," said Pulliam.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) used a specially equipped fish hauling truck to stock 4,500 bluegill and 1,500 redear sunfish (shellcracker) at Lake Edwin Johnson. The fish were produced at the Cheraw State Fish hatchery. These larger-size fish will grow to a catchable size by spring 2014, helped along by new fish feeders recently placed in the lake. A barrier-free fishing pier will also be erected on the lake in the coming months, near the fish feeders, making for a perfect fishing spot. The Spartanburg County Legislative Delegation, of which Martin and Chumley are members, funded the bream stocking at Lake Edwin Johnson along with other amenities such as the barrier-free pier and fish feeders.

Lake Edwin Johnson is a 40-acre fertilized lake providing largemouth bass, bluegill, shellcracker and catfish fishing opportunities.

The DNR Freshwater Fisheries Section annually stocks from seven to 10 million fish in state waters, including striped and hybrid bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel and blue catfish, bluegill, redbreast, redear sunfish (shellcracker), and rainbow, brook, and brown trout. Anglers in South Carolina spend almost $742 million to fish each year, making the sport, with economic multipliers factored in, a billion dollar business in the Palmetto State.

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