Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fishin' at the Prison

Midlands area anglers have a good fishing resource that many don't know about. While the thought of visiting a prison to get your fishing fix may seem odd to some, don't let it keep you from experiencing some jam-up fishing.

The Wateree River Correctional Institution has a well-maintained pond and some other fishing waters that are open to the public, and these waters hold some nice largemouth, bream, and crappie. According to Keith Hunter, who has been fishing at the prison for over 15 years, at least one 10-pound largemouth has been caught each year out of these fishing grounds.

And there are no worries about this being inside the gates of a prison. The fishing grounds are secluded with no interaction, or even sightings of, inmates.

Getting a pass is easy. Just drive to the main gate off of Hwy. 261 between Boykin and Horatio and ask for a fishing application. It will take about 2 weeks to get approval, and then you can fish on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Small boats are allowed, and electric motors are also approved. It's always good to have access to a pond, and this is a good one to add to your inventory.

PhotosByBrianCope: Ponds like the one at Wateree River Correctional Institution are always great for putting kids on bream. While this largemouth isn't a trophy, it's a healthy fish that shows the potential of one of WRCI's ponds, shown in the bottom photo.

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