With spring doing its best to warm up the outdoors, many sportsmen have fishing on their minds. The SCDNR does too, and is hosting a number of fishing rodeos and family fishing clinics around the state.

During fishing rodeos, all youth anglers must have an adult present with them. The adults are not allowed to fish, but can help the youth anglers bait hooks, tie on lures, etc. Click here to register for a fishing rodeo, or call 803-737-8483. Participants should bring their own fishing gear and bait.

If you’re interested in the whole family – young and old alike – wetting a line together, sign up for one of the Family Fishing Clinics. They are introductory classes, but can serve as good refreshers for those who haven't fished in a while. 

These clinics go over the basics of fishing, including how to tie a fishing knot, how to put line and other terminal tackle onto a rod and reel combo, and the different methods of casting. This is hands on training, on the water, so all participants can try their new skills immediately. There is no charge for the clinics. Click here to register.

List of upcoming fishing rodeos:

April 16 – 9 a.m. to noon. The Ponds Fishing Rodeo in Dorchester County

April 23 – 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Blue Hole Recreation Area

April 30 – 9 a.m. to1 p.m. – Blue Heron

May 7 – 9 a.m. to noon – Lake Thicketty

May 7 – 9 a.m. to noon – Croft State Park

May 7 – 9 a.m. to noon – Star Fort Pond

May 7 – 9 a.m. to noon – Marlboro County

May 14 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Goose Creek Rodeo

May 14 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo, Like Fork Lake, Edgefield

May 14 – 9 a.m. to noon – Cohen Campbell Fish Hatchery

May 14 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Darlington County

May 14 – 9 a.m. to noon – Piedmont Tree Nursery

May 21 – 9 a.m. to noon – Foster Park Lake, Union

May 21 – 9 a.m. to noon – Draper WMA

May 21 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Bulls Bay Nature Festival Rodeo

June 4 – 9 a.m. to noon – Horry County Rodeo, Peach Tree

June 11 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Sewee Center Youth Fishing Day

Sept 24 – 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Cheraw Fish Hatchery

Spet 24 – 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Cheraw Fish Hatchery

Oct 8 – 9 a.m. to noon – Socastee Fishing Rodeo, Sayebrook 

Upcoming Family Fishing Clinics:

April 2 – 1-4 p.m. - Lake Warren State Park (Shelter #1)

April 9 – 1-4 p.m. – Barnwell State Park

April 16 – 1-4 p.m. – Sun City Grand Parents Park - Fort Mill

April 23 - 9 a.m. to Noon - Lexington Wildlife Chapter

May 21 – 1-4 p.m. - Sun City Grand Parents Park - Fort Mill

May 21 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Lexington Wildlife Chapter

June 4 – 1:30-4:30 p.m. – Wateree Heritage Preserve

June 18 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Sun City Grand Parents Park - Fort Mill

June 18 - 9 a.m. to Noon - Lexington Wildlife Chapter

July 16 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Sun City Grand Parents Park - Fort Mill

Aug. 6 – 1-4 p.m. – Barnwell State Park (Shelter #4)

Aug. 20 – 3-6:30 p.m. - Lexington Wildlife Chapter

Aug. 20 – 1-4 p.m. – Lake Warren State Park (Shelter # 1)

Aug. 20- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Sun City Grand Parents Park - Fort Mill

Sept. 17 – 1-4 p.m. - Sun City Grand Parents Park - Fort Mill

Sept. 17 – Lexington Wildlife Chapter, time to be determined