Marie McAden



Spartanburg’s Lake Edwin Johnson to reopen with fishing events

Posted 6/20/2012 10:49:00 AM

A popular Upstate fishing hole will be back in business next month after being closed several years ago for refurbishing. Lake Edwin Johnson at Croft State Park opens to the public July 1, nicely stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, shellcracker and catfish.

Young anglers will get the first crack at catching the big one June 23 when the S.C. Department of Natural Resources hosts Youth Fishing Day. Children 15 and younger will be invited to fish off the lake banks from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants should have adult supervision and bring their own fishing tackle and bait.

A week later, the DNR will reopen the 40-acre lake for a Family Fishing Clinic. The June 30 event will offer instruction on how to tie fishing knots, rig a rod and reel and cast.

Located at the end of State Road 359 between Spartanburg and Pacolet, Lake Edwin Johnson is one of 19 state lakes managed by the DNR to provide quality fishing in areas of South Carolina where fishing opportunities are limited.

Fishing had declined in the lake because of the introduction of an undesirable invasive species. As a result, the DNR was forced to drain the lake to remove the invasive fish. It was then restocked with new populations of bream (bluegill), redear sunfish (shellcracker) and largemouth bass. The fish are doing so well, the lake is ready to be reopened for fishing.

For more information or to register for the Family Fishing Clinic, click here or call (803) 737-8483.