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April 4, 2013
Register for upcoming Family Fishing Clinics, Fishing Rodeos
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting a Family Fishing Clinic on April 6 at Lake Rabon (SC Highway 252, west of Laurens) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Make sure to sign up as the classes fill up quickly!
Want to get your line in the water and reel in the big one, but you don't feel confident with your angling skills? Family Fishing Clinics is an introductory class to fishing.
The clinics are sponsored by the DNR Aquatic Education Section and are designed to introduce the basics of fishing to the young and old or those who need a refresher to increase their future participation in the sport. Family Fishing Clinics teach skills on how to tie a fishing knot, rig a rod and reel, and casting. The best part is everyone will get to try their hand at fishing. Family Fishing Clinics are free of charge.
Register online at www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/fishingclinic. For more information regarding an upcoming Family Fishing Clinic event or to host an event, please contact Lorianne Riggin, email@example.com or (803) 737-8483.
The following dates are open for registration:
- April 6 - 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon - Lake Rabon (SC Highway 252, west of Laurens)
- April 13 - 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon - Lexington Wildlife Chapter (Wildlife Road off of Barr Road in Lexington)
- April 27 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Lake Hartwell State Park
- May 11 - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Table Rock State Park
- May 25 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Lee State Park
In addition to the clinics, DNR continues to add dates to a series of free outdoor family events around the state. Youth ages 6-15 are encouraged to sign up for a fishing rodeo with specific times for most events to be determined.
Youth ages 6-15 must be accompanied by an adult and no adult fishing will be allowed. Pre-registration is required and limited spaces are available. Register online at www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/rodeos/ or call (803) 737-8483. Sign in occurs 15-30 minutes prior to the session start time. Bring your own fishing equipment and tackle. Bait may be provided at some of the rodeos. No minnows or artificial lures allowed.
Anglers can catch and keep, but an event specific creel limit will be in place. Call (803) 737-8483 for additional information.
The additional dates as follows:
- April 13, 2013 - 8 a.m. to 12 noon - The Ponds Fishing Rodeo (Dorchester County)
- April 27, 2013 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Blue Heron Nature Center (Jasper County)
- May 4, 2013 – 9 a.m. to 12 noon - Star Fort Pond (Greenwood County)
- May 4, 2013 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Sunrise Lake (Lancaster County)
- May 11, 2013 - TBD - Calhoun Falls Fishing Rodeo at the Calhoun Falls Bank Fishing Area
- May 11, 2013 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Draper WMA (York County)
- May 11, 2013 - 9 a.m. to 1p.m. - Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo at Lick Fork Lake (Edgefield County)
- May 11, 2013 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Goose Creek Fishing Rodeo (Berkeley County)
- May 18, 2013 – 8 a.m. to 12 noon - Barnwell County
- May 18, 2013 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Darlington County (Rancho Road, Hartsville, SC)
- May 18, 2013 – 8 a.m. to 12 noon - Foster Park Lake (Union County)
- May 18, 2013 – 9 a.m. to 12 noon - Piedmont Tree Nursery (Tamassee, SC)
- June 1, 2013 - TBD - Cohen Campbell Fish Hatchery (West Columbia, SC)
- June 1, 2013 - 8 a.m. to 12 noon - Chattooga River at Burrells Ford
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