The water level at Blewett Falls Lake near Lilesville is scheduled to be drawn down approximately 6 feet starting Tuesday.
According to Duke Energy and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the drop is to facilitate safety during work on areas near the dam, slated to begin June 1. The draw-down is expected to last for about two weeks.
Fishing at the reservoir on the Yadkin-Pee Dee River, especially popular with anglers in the Rockingham and Wadesboro areas, likely will be adversely affected for those who use boats.
The Grassy Island Access Area will be closed to motorized boats. The Pee Dee and Blewett Falls Areas will remain open, but could be closed or restricted if conditions warrant.
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The Wildlife Commission also noted that boaters should be aware that navigation hazards might become exposed and more dangerous because of the lake’s lowering.
Once the work is completed, the lake will be returned to its normal level. How long this takes will depend on weather conditions and river inflow. Observer News Services
▪ Lake Wateree’s population of striped bass grew markedly in just a few minutes Monday. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources stocked 120,000 striper fingerlings in the reservoir on the Catawba River. The young fish were released at Buck Hill Landing near Ridgeway. The agency also stocked 10,000 striper fingerlings in a flowing stretch of the Catawba at Ft. Mill Landing.
▪ In September of 1908, an assassin’s bullet took the life of South Carolina game warden L. Pressley Reeves near the Edisto River. Reeves was remembered last week when a plaque was dedicated in his honor in his native Dorchester County. No one ever was charged in the murder. It’s theorized Reeves was killed because of his work in removing illegal fish trap devices from the Edisto.
Catches of the week
▪ A 98-pound cobia near Hatteras Village by Virginian David Heafner.
▪ A 73-pound cobia at Hatteras Village by Ashley Moody of Elizabeth City.
▪ A 57.4-pound cobia near Hatteras by Duane Hutcheson of Sharon, S.C.
▪ A large sailfish off Ocean Isle by Taylor Henkel, trolling from the Total Chaos.
▪ Blue marlin boated and released off Hatteras Village by Eric Nutter of Spruce Pine, Jordan Scott of Raleigh and Ethan Hedrick of Lexington.
▪ A white marlin boated and released off Hatteras by Byron Lohr of Lexington.
▪ A 55-pound blue catfish at Lake Hartwell by a party fishing with guide Bill Plumley.
▪ Six different species during a single morning trip at Lake Norman by Georgian Ed Clark, a former Charlottean. Fishing with guide David Clubb, Clark boated and released crappie, hybrids, largemouth bass, spotted bass, white perch and a 12-pound blue catfish.