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  • Sparkleberry Swamp Panfishing

    Anglers are doing well fishing the Riser's Lake section of Sparkleberry Swamp. Fishing with live minnows under corks around cypress trees is one tactic that is working for Sumter's Ken Nutter while fishing for crappie. He is also doing catching bluegill in the same areas with crickets and redworms.

    Nutter has been starting the days off early by catching crappie, then switching over to bream when the crappie fishing slows down.

    Fishing Riser's Lake is simple, according to Nutter. Just keep your bait close to the cypress trees that line both banks of this body of water, which is also known as Dead River. Try different depths until you find the fish, but the fish are definitely there, hanging around the trees.

    Sparkleberry Swamp gets a bad rap for being difficult to find your way around, but Nutter has been fishing this area for 40 years and knows it well. He suggest for those who don't know it well to carry a handheld GPS unit like an inexpensive Garmin eTrex. Mark the landing, and when needed, track back to the landing by following the path marked on the GPS.

    Brian Cope
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter