Free fishing days, June 11-12, allows South Carolina residents who would like to try the sport of fishing to go without having to purchase a license.
There are 28 tackle loaner sites, including Kings Mountain, where residents may rent, free of charge, everything for a day of fishing. A full list of tackle loaner sites can be found on the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Web site. To find more information about the site, the type of bait to bring and to ensure equipment is available, call the tackle loaner site in advance.
There are other free events around the state in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-12.
National Fishing and Boating Week is an annual event coordinated by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation to help share the benefits of fishing and boating. To learn more about the basics of fishing, the DNR Aquatic Education Section will be offering two free Family Fishing 101 courses on June 7 and June 9 at the Cohen Campbell Fish Hatchery, 2726 Fish Hatchery Road, Columbia. Reservations are required, as space is limited.
In addition to the free fishing seminars, DNR will be offering boater education courses around the state. Unless noted, boater education courses are free of charge, but require pre-registration.