The SCDNR’s investigation into the April 21 Lake Murray boating accident that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Danny Phillips and 28-year-old Shawn Lanier has been concluded. The agency found that Phillips was responsible for the crash, as his 16-foot Stratos bass boat collided with a 32-foot Intrepid driven by Bruce Dyer.
After conducting a thorough investigation, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has determined no criminal charges will be filed for the boating fatality that took place on Lake Murray the night of Thursday, April 21, 2017. The Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office was consulted and reviewed all of the files of the investigation and concurred with SCDNR’s decision.
The density and diversity of catfish species found in South Carolina’s Lake Murray, along with warming water temperatures, creates an outstanding opportunity to catch a cooler full of ol’ Mr. Whiskers. With abundant channel and blue catfish populations, along with plenty of flathead and white catfish, Lake Murray is a catfish haven in May.
Don’t call it a comeback. Lake Murray’s crappie fishing is still going strong since the unusually mild winter has kept water temperatures higher than normal. The action is expected to get even better as spawning season nears.
Most people would consider a cold, dreary day in February a terrible time to be outside, much less on the water fishing. But that sentiment doesn’t hold true for Mike Gault of Jonesville, S.C. A retired game warden, he looks forward to the nastiest days of the year so he can head to South Carolina’s Lake Murray and drag live baits behind the boat for striped bass.