Does anyone know how to find out if bill H.4497 got sent to the house or was it rejected by the state committee? It is a bill proposing that white perch be removed from the states game fish list.
H 4497 General Bill, By Loftis, Umphlett, Lowe, Mitchell, Witherspoon, Dantzler,
Duncan, Hodges and M.A. Pitts
Summary: Game fish
A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 50-1-30, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
1976, RELATING TO THE CLASSIFICATIONS OF BIRDS, ANIMALS, AND FISH, SO AS TO
REMOVE WHITE PERCH FROM THE LIST OF GAME FISH IN THIS STATE.
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01/17/08 House Introduced and read first time HJ-4
01/17/08 House Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural
Resources and Environmental Affairs HJ-4
02/20/08 House Committee report: Favorable Agriculture, Natural
Resources and Environmental Affairs
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They are not natual here.Ten years ago there wasnt any in the lake.In fact KDWP prohibits using it for live bait for that very reason.Its considered an "aquatic nuisance".I think that it affects more of striper fishing than catfishing.I dont fish the lake anymore but I know they didnt use to have them and now they dont want them.They are here naturally. They're populations rival shad in many lake I think.
Thomas, I used to take my family and fish for them from sandbars during their spring run. We'd clean and cook a bunch to eat, spend the whole day up the river. :big_smile:They have been here since before they built any of the major lakes. They used to run up the river like the shad, mullet and striper do now. They are found all along the Atlantic Seaboard states. Big ones are rather tasty.
No their name is White Perch. they're in the True Bass Family along with Striped Bass, White Bass and Yellow Bass. I can remember catching coolers full back in the 80's at Greenwood.
Somebody release some in the city of Gaffney's water supply. Lake Whelchel is the name of the lake. I've been throwing a cast net up there for at least last 15 years and two years ago I caught three. They haven't taken the lake yet but they will before to long I'm sure. DNR doesn't have any control of the lake so they haven't done any creel checks in several years now.Thomas, I used to take my family and fish for them from sandbars during their spring run. We'd clean and cook a bunch to eat, spend the whole day up the river. :big_smile: