Boat captains sought for Riversweep
Last year there were 50 boat captains and 859 volunteers. Many volunteers assisted at the 14 sites around the lake, but with more boats, coverage will grow.
Online registration for Riversweep is open. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Life jackets available
The kiosk, an effort of Duke Energy and Coast Guard Auxiliary Lake Wylie, provides adult and child life jackets that visitors can borrow free for a day on the water.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, about 85 percent of those who drowned in 2012 were not wearing life jackets.
Duke Energy has helped sponsor 11 life jacket loaner kiosks in the Carolinas and is looking for sponsors to help fund the construction of additional kiosks, along with donations for life jackets.
Marine group meets monthly
Volunteer fishing instructors wanted
The Family Fishing Clinics are designed to introduce the basics of freshwater fishing to the young and old. Participants will learn how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast, fish and more. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Aquatic Education Section hopes to accomplish this through the clinics and skilled volunteers.
Volunteers must be willing to attend a training session and undergo a SLED background and driving record check. Once trained, the certified DNR fishing instructors will be expected to host at least two clinics a year for a minimum of 15 participants and no more than 25 participants and turn in the required reporting documents.
The intention of the Family Fishing Clinics is to introduce participants with little or no angling experience or those who need a refresher to the basics of fishing to increase their future participation in the sport. Participants will learn how and where to fish and have someone to fish with to become confident anglers.
Call 803-737-8483 or email RigginL@dnr.sc.gov about attending the next class Sept. 6 in Columbia, or register at dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/instructor/.
Catfish club posts tourney schedule
The 2014-15 Catawba Catfish Club season includes the following dates:
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 13, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22, Fishing Creek Reservoir, U.S. 21 Access
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 13, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 10, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 21, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14, Fishing Creek Reservoir, U.S. 21 Access
• 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 11, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park
• 6 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area
Weigh-ins are at 3:30 p.m. each day, and open to spectators. For more information, visit catawbacatfishclub.com/.
Fishing, hunting licenses on sale
Licenses are available in person at any of the four regional S.C. Department of Natural Resources offices or by visiting one of the 500 license vendors across the state. Licenses also are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-866-714-3611 or by visiting the DNR website at dnr.sc.gov/purchase. Having a state issued identification ready and a current South Carolina hunting/fishing license with customer identification number will speed the purchase.
Residents and nonresidents age 16 and older must purchase the required licenses to hunt and fish in South Carolina. Anyone born after June 30, 1979, must have successfully completed a hunter education course prior to obtain a hunting license.
Hunting license applicants who do not have a hunter education certification may use a one-time exemption and apply for an annual Apprentice Hunting License. The apprentice hunter must be accompanied by a S.C. licensed hunter who is fully licensed, is at least 21 years of age, has not been convicted of a hunting or hunter education violation or received deferred adjudication of the same, and stays within a distance that enables uninterrupted, unaided, visual and oral communication with the apprentice hunter to provide adequate direction.
Lake info available on app
The site can be accessed on a smartphone at m.duke-energy.com. The default menu shows an option for Lakes and Recreation.
Duke Energy’s lake information websites – which include recreational water release schedules, lake levels and alerts – attract thousands of hits each month. The number rises steadily when heavy rainfall causes high water conditions at the lakes managed by the company.
In addition to accessing the new mobile-enabled website, boaters can check real-time lake levels and updates at duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp, and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.
Scuba club dives into events
Dive team needs volunteers
The team does water-related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low-angle rope rescue and searches for missing people.
Scuba divers and nondivers are needed. Visit yorkcountyert.com to find out more.
For more information, call 803-372-7593.