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The newly acquired Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area, located near Cordesville in Berkeley County, opened to adult/youth public fishing March 2.

Fishing on Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be allowed on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays during daylight hours only from March 2 through Oct. 31, according to wildlife biologist Will Carlisle at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' Dennis Wildlife Center in Bonneau. The exception to this schedule is that the area is closed on Saturday mornings until 11 a.m. during April for youth turkey hunts and closed all day during scheduled deer hunts in the fall.

"Hunting on Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area has been oriented towards involving youth participation," Carlisle said. "We want to continue the theme of getting youth involved in fishing as well." Therefore, in order to fish on the area, a youth (17 years or younger) must be actively fishing and must be accompanied by no more than two adults at least 18 years of age. Adults are not allowed to fish unless they are accompanied by a youth. Boats will be allowed, however they may be operated only under the power of an electric motor. Alcoholic beverages will be prohibited.

Creel limits per person per day are as follows: two largemouth bass; 10 panfish (crappie, bluegill, redear, pumpkinseed, redbreast). There are no size restrictions for fish kept in the creel.

Participants are reminded to pay attention to areas and roads that are closed to vehicles. Signs reminding participants of these regulations are posted at the main entrance. A map showing lakes and ponds located on the property is located in the kiosk at the main entrance. For more information, call the Dennis Wildlife Center in Bonneau at (843) 761-8820 or (843) 825-3388 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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