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Old 06-06-2008, 01:29 PM
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Default Re: Trophy bass has all but disappeared from the Marion-Moultrie lakes.

Governor helps bass

Governor helps bass
S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford has signed new striped bass regulations into effect for the Santee-Cooper Reservoir system. The regulations are a first step to combat the population decline of the striped bass fishery Lakes Marion and Moultrie by reducing the amount of fish an angler can harvest, as well as increasing the minimum size limits.New regulations include:
• Reduction in creel limits from five to three.
• Increase in minimum size from 21 to 26 inches.
• Season restrictions for entire Santee Cooper system (lakes and rivers): no harvest/possession. Catch and release only from June 1-Sept.30.
• Points system: increase to 14 points for violation.
• Striped bass must be landed with head and tail intact enabling enforcement officers to measure complete fish.
The waters to which the new regulations will apply are limited to the Santee-Cooper system. This includes the waters of the Lower Santee River system, or all waters and tributaries seaward of the Lake Murray Dam, the Columbia Canal Diversion Dam, and the Lake Wateree Dam to the freshwater/saltwater dividing line on the North Santee River and the South Santee River. Additional waters affected by this bill include the Cooper River System, which includes all waters and tributaries of the Cooper River, including the Tailrace Canal, from its point of origin seaward to the freshwater/saltwater dividing line.
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