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Lakes in Chester, Lancaster counties closed until 2017 for renovation

Bill Monkton of Myrtle Beach with his 29.7-pound dolphin, winner of the mahi mahi division in last week's Megadock fishing tournament at Charleston. The event was the season finale in the S.C. Governor's Cup Billfishing Series. Monkton was trolling from his boat Mirage.
Bill Monkton of Myrtle Beach with his 29.7-pound dolphin, winner of the mahi mahi division in last week's Megadock fishing tournament at Charleston. The event was the season finale in the S.C. Governor's Cup Billfishing Series. Monkton was trolling from his boat Mirage. Photo courtesy of Georgetown Landing Marina

Two South Carolina impoundments, Lake Oliphant in Chester County and Sunrise Lake in Lancaster County, are closed for renovation until July 2017.

Both are to be drained and, after various projects completed, restocked with bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass and shellcracker.

Lake Oliphant covers 40 acres, Sunrise Lake 25 acres. Both are managed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, which will be in charge of the improvement projects.

“Many small ponds and lakes periodically need to be drained and restocked in order to produce good fishing,” the wildlife agency indicated in a release. “This involves draining the water, removing the remaining fish, adding wood structures and gravel spawning areas to the lake bottoms, refilling the lakes and restocking with balanced fish populations.

“Both Oliphant and Sunrise also will have repairs made to water control structures to ensure safe and long-term function of their dams.”

The wildlife department recommends that while the two are closed area anglers visit Chester County’s Mountain lakes, covering 42 and 10 acres, and 62-acre Lancaster Reservoir. Observer News Services

Briefly

  • The Fayetteville Creek Boating Area, affording access to the Cape Fear River, has been reopened by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The Fayetteville facility had been closed for renovation. Improvements include a 285-foot boat ramp with an 80-foot floating dock. A re-graveled parking area has 17 vehicle/boat trailer spaces and five other parking spots. The access area is located at 2517 Wilmington Highway.
  • The boat Reel Passion is overall winner of the annual S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series. The victory was secured Saturday in the series finale Megadock Tournament at Charleston when a blue marlin was caught and released by the team aboard the boat owned by Bill Ingram and skippered by Gary Richardson. Reel Passion is based at Bohicket Marina on James Island and triumphed in two of this year’s four tournaments. The Megadock event was won by owner John Darby’s Artemis with two blue marlin releases Saturday. The event produced 12 blue marlin, one white marlin and 17 sailfish. Previous tournaments were at Georgetown, James Island and Mt. Pleasant.

Catches of the week

  • Several large speckled trout up to 20 inches at Oak Island Pier by Angie and Vance Wilson of Kings Mountain.
  • An 8.3-pound flounder in Oregon Inlet by Ben Morris.
  • A 4-pound speckled trout at Oak Island Pier by 9-year-old Caleb Pitcock.
  • A 7-pound black drum at Oak Island Pier by William Lunsford of Gastonia.
  • A 48-pound dolphin off Hatteras Village by Noah Rothman of Simpsonville, S.C.
  • A sailfish boated and released off Hatteras Village by Kirby Smith of High Point.
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