Lower Saluda Catch and Release

A friend just forwarded the notice to me. DNR has found that the trout are actually reproducing naturally in a section of the river. A copy/paste of the text of the notice is below:

SCDNR to host trout catch and release public meeting

Local Angler John Gray displays a brown trout he caught near Saluda Shoals Park.

Columbia, S.C. – SCDNR is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, to seek input on a proposal to establish a special management zone on the lower Saluda River for coldwater trout.
Consideration is underway concerning the establishment of a catch-and-release-only zone between Interstate 26 and Stacey’s Ledge on the lower Saluda River. This reach of the river contains unique habitat from which SCDNR has documented evidence of trout reproduction. SCDNR welcomes public input on this proposal and will be presenting supporting information at the meeting.
The meeting will be hosted from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Columbia Community Center located at 754 B Ave. in West Columbia.
The public can also offer ■■■■■■■■ at an additional meeting to be hosted in late February.

I personally don’t get to fish the Saluda much but it’s pretty amazing to have reproducing trout right here in Columbia. Photo from the notice is below. Very nice!

There’s a reason I’m close to the top of the food chain.
'17 F-250

Only Rainbow’s reproducing, not browns. Could be they have been for many yrs

Capt. Garry Coats
Folly Beach & CHS