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    Default Small Boat Question

    My In Laws have purchased a lot and are building on a Private 52 acre lake/Pond in the upstate. First I am looking to get a 2 man Bass Buggy type boat with a trolling motor to leave at the lake/their house. Does anyone have one of these 8-10 foot type boats, any recommendations?

    Also if you are on a private lake would this type of boat need to be registered etc. Does anyone know the law/regs on this. Tried to look it up but really could not find much on private lakes/ponds etc.

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    I'm pretty sure if it has "any" kind of motor on it,,,it has to be registered. Private or public body of water......
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    If you put any kind of motor on a boat, the boat has to be registered.

    IMO, unless you have fished out of a short (8'-10') and you are extremely comfortable in it, I would look at a 12-14' jon instead. They are dime a dozen on CL, or you can buy a brand new alumacraft from academy for about 1k. If you are wanting to stay away from registering the boat, look at a canoe, easy to paddle and somewhat lightweight. 52 acres may not seem very big, but you would be surprised at how much wind comes across a pond that size.

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    I would check with DNR. You do not need a fishing license to fish in a private pond so I wouldn't think you would need boating registration. But hold on to all your paperwork because if you sell it or decide to use it on public waters you would have to register it.
    We had a 100 acre pond for years and I never saw the first game warden out there.
    A word of caution though. If you hunt ducks in private water, ducks are a state and federally regulated species and you have to have all the proper licenses and stamps. Doves too, by the way.
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    ,,,,,"You do not need a fishing license to fish in a private pond"

    Are you sure,,,,I think you do,,,but I could be wrong.
    Capt Rick Hiott
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    You do not.

    I have a deal on a 2014 14' Alumnacraft Jon boat a trailer and trolling motor. $600.

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    No not in privately owned ponds. Commercial pay to fish ponds do require a license unless permitted by SCDNR. I am reading from the DNR website under license requirements.
    I teach fishing clinics for DNR to kids who are interested in learning basics such as knot tying, rigging, baits, etc. We cover license requirements in the class so the kids parents are aware of the regulations.
    Our Wildlife club (SC Wildlife Federation member) has a small pond that we let the kids fish in as part of the class. All classes are run through DNR via their website.
    Mark 1:17 ...I will make you fishers of men.

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    OK,,,,,that's good!
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    Buddy of mine has one of these that we use to fish the DNR lakes.

    http://www.basspro.com/shop/en/sun-d...-2-person-boat

    It has a 30 lb thrust trolling motor on it and it does very well. We even put it in fishing creek and fished the slews a time or two. I know his is registered but like I said we mostly fish public areas. Good luck.
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