People going fishing to celebrate Independence Day may do so in North Carolina without having a fishing license.
This applies July 4 to everyone, residents and non-residents alike. And the exemption that began in 1994 covers all public waters, from cold, rushing trout streams in the Great Smoky Mountains to the warm offshore waters of the Outer Banks, and everywhere in between.
Residents only can plan to fish for free statewide in South Carolina during the holiday. South Carolina also had a license-free day May 25.
The hours in both states on the Fourth, which falls on a Saturday this year, are 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. – 24 hours anglers without proper permits don’t have to worry about game wardens or wildlife enforcement officers saying the words, “May I see your license, please?”
However, all other fishing regulations, including creel and size limits, remain in effect.
Observer News Service
Youth hunting clinic set for York County
Aspiring young hunters can learn wing-shooting skills July 16 during a public clinic in York County.
The event for youths, who must be at least 10, is planned by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with Rocky Creek Sporting Clays, located at 3390 Mountain Gap Road off Highway 901 near Richburg. The hours are 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
Participants will be taught bird-hunting skills and how to safely handle a shotgun.
Registration is required. Application forms and further information are available from Lt. Kim Leverich. Email Leverichk@dnr.sc.gov.
▪ Lake Norman has 162,500 new residents. That’s the number of hybrid bass the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission released Monday in an annual stocking. About half were stocked in the Stumpy Creek arm, the rest near Long Island. The fingerling-sized fish are crosses between striped and hybrid bass. The hard-fighting, good-tasting hybrids are becoming increasingly popular with anglers at Norman. It’s projected some likely will grow to about 10 pounds, but they can reach 20. Tom Higgins
▪ South Carolina officials have named a Jocassee Gorges field office in honor of “living legend” wildlife biologist Sam Stokes. Now retired, Stokes served the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for 40 years and was a leader in restoring deer and wild turkey to the state’s mountain counties. A native of Pickens, Stokes lives near Clemson, where he was based.
Catches Of The Week
▪ A 400-pound blue marlin boated and released off Morehead City by Brian Sweezy of Mooresville while trolling from the Bill Collector.
▪ A white marlin boated and released off Hatteras by Jon Claridge of Mount Ulla while fishing from the Bite Me.
▪ A 22-pound blue catfish at Lake Norman by John Moss of Greensboro while fishing with guide Mac Byrum of Denver, N.C.
▪ Five largemouth bass weighing 19.72 pounds by Darren Gay and Allen Snyder to win $12,500 in a Carolinas Bass Challenge Series tournament at High Rock Lake. Doug Young and Bobby Loving finished second with 18.34 pounds and won $4,250. The duo of Derek Lilley and Steve Dyer weighed the largest single bass, 7.35 pounds.
▪ Red drum of 47 and 46 pounds, respectively, near Hatteras Village by Blake Dockery and Thomas Edwards, both of Hayesville.
▪ A Spanish mackerel of 7.11 pounds at Oak Island Pier by Robert McDowell.
▪ A cobia of 21.13 pounds at Bogue Inlet Pier by Andy Burkett of Swansboro.
▪ Dolphin of 28 and 25 pounds, respectively, by Carroll Campbell and Graham Rogers while fishing off Georgetown, S.C.