The lower Saluda River, which begins just below Lake Murray Dam outside of Columbia, S.C., is stocked with rainbow trout, and because the water in the river comes off the lake’s bottom and stays cold, they don’t die during the summer.
Bruce Vosburgh, of Kennett Square, Pa., fishes out of Ocracoke, N.C., several times a year, but his trip on Sept. 12 with his daughter, brother and some friends was special. Fishing aboard the Drumstick with Capt. Marty Baumgaertel, he caught a huge rainbow runner that was later established as the first state record for that species.
Hanging Rock State Park is getting a boost to its lake on Oct 12. The NCWRC and the NC State Parks Commission is stocking 1200 catchable-size rainbow trout. This is the second stocking of rainbow trout in the lake, and it offers anglers the unique opportunity of catching trout in an area other than traditional trout waters.
The earlier rainbow trout stocking took place in April, and the NCWRC reported it as an instant highlight for anglers, said NCWRC Fisheries Biologist Kin Hodges.
Anglers looking for a respite from the heat while still catching fish are finding all they can ask for on Cane Creek. Plenty of chunky rainbow trout are hitting live bait on the small, blue-ribbon stream that flows for 10 miles through Mitchell County.
Mention trout fishing in South Carolina and many people will think of speckled seatrout, oyster beds and marsh grass. Seldom thought about are rainbow, brown, and brook trout in a mountain wilderness setting. […]