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May 14, 2015Thousands of stripers to be stocked in Lake Wateree, Catawba River on May 18

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will utilize a specially equipped fish hauling truck to stock up to 10,000 striped bass fingerlings at the Fort Mill Landing on the Catawba River on May 18 at approximately 2 p.m.

Take exit 83 off I-77, Sutton Road, turn left on Highway 49 (Sutton Road), travel 1.5 miles and turn left on Highway 251 (New Gray Rock Road), take a left to the Catawba River Fort Mill Dam Access Area.

DNR will also stock up to 120,000 striped bass fingerlings at Buck Hill Landing on Lake Wateree on May 18 at 11:30 a.m. Take I-20 to Highway 601 (exit 92), turn right to stay on Highway 601/Main Street, turn left on Highway 28 and travel to Wateree Dam Road and turn right. The landing is located at 1401 Buck Hill Road, Ridgeway, SC.

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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