Fishing events set for Saturday, May 13

Anglers young and old need to get their fishing poles and rods ready for two fishing events, both on Saturday, May 13 in Barnwell.

There will be a free fishing rodeo for youth and a fishing derby for both adults and youth, but these are separate events hosted by different groups.

$10,000 Fishing Derby

The City of Barnwell and S.C. Department of Natural Resources are hosting its first-ever $10,000 Fishing Derby in Barnwell from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Lake Edgar Brown for all ages. Weigh-in will be at 2 p.m.

A $10,000 grand prize will be awarded if someone catches the tagged fish, but there will also be many other great prizes.

“Enjoy some splendid family time and the great outdoors. While you are at it you will have a chance to win $10,000. You will not want to miss this event,” said Pamela Davis, the city’s parks and recreation director.

Participants should check in at the Wellington Street landing.

This is for shore anglers only. Bass, catfish and sunfish (bream) are eligible for prizes. There are 15 tagged fish with one grand prize winner.

All participants must pre-register before fishing and the cost is $20 per person to participate. Davis encourages people to register early at Barnwell City Hall, although registration will occur the morning of the event from 8 to 9 a.m.

All participants who are 16 and older must possess a South Carolina fishing license. Each participant can have only one fishing pole or rod and reel.

To register, stop by Barnwell City Hall or call (803) 259-3266, or register the morning of the event.

Free Fishing Rodeo

DNR’s annual Fishing Rodeo for youth will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Barnwell Fish Hatchery (10095 Dunbarton Boulevard) behind the DNR office in Barnwell. Anyone age 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

This is a free event and is being sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, the Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce and Academy Sports.

“The DNR has been putting on this rodeo for close to 30 years,” said John Bedingfield of the SCDNR.

“This is just for kids, ages 13 and under,” he said. “We want kids to get involved in the outdoors. Fishing is such a great pastime.”

According to the DNR, participants need to bring their own poles and no reels are allowed. Bait and stringers will be provided.

“You only need to bring the basic stuff – a pole, maybe a folding chair, sunscreen and hat,” said Bedingfield.

No fishing license is required for this event.

This is a youth event so no adults may fish.

Prizes will be awarded.

Free hotdogs and drinks will also be available.