The S.C. Department of Natural Resources utilized a specially equipped fish hauling truck to stock 30,000 redbreast sunfish fingerlings at Red's Landing on the Black River between Williamsburg and Georgetown counties on Nov. 29. All of the fingerlings were produced at the Dennis Wildlife Center Fish Hatchery in Bonneau.

The SCDNR also stocked 16,000 redear sunfish, more commonly referred to as shellcracker, in the Savannah River on Nov. 20. This stocking took place on the Edgefield/McCormick County line at Fury Landing, and it brings the total number of stocked fish on the Savannah River to about 104,000 for this year.

The Black River flows through the Coastal Plain of South Carolina. The headwaters originate in Lee County south of the town of Bishopville and the river flows southeasterly through the counties of Sumter, Clarendon, and Williamsburg for 150 miles as it makes its way to join with the Great Pee Dee River in Georgetown County. 


The SCDNR Freshwater Fisheries Section annually stocks from seven to 10 million fish in state waters, including striped and hybrid bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel and blue catfish, bluegill, redbreast, redear sunfish (shellcracker), and rainbow, brook, and brown trout. Anglers in South Carolina spend almost $742 million to fish each year, making the sport, with economic multipliers factored in, a billion-dollar business in the Palmetto State.