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Dargans Pond is a 50 acre state managed pond/lake in Darlington County. Gas motors are restricted. It is an electric motor only lake. It depth averages 5 to 7 feet with it's deepest areas being around 12 - 14 feet deep at full pool.

On this body of water the normal state bass limits are not used. Instead the limit is 3 bass. Two of those fish can be 12" or better and the 3rd must be 16" or better.

Dargans Pond is off limits half of the year. It is only open April 1st to September 30th. During the open season, access is restricted to only daylight hours. (sunrise to sunset)

Dargans Pond is under the states State Game Fish Management Program and due to this some MONSTER bass are caught here. 8 to 10 lb bass are caught fairly regularly and bass hitting the 16lb mark have been caught as recently as this past season.

Dargans pond has two types of cover. The most notable when examining the lake are the cypress trees and the stumps. In  the north of the lake there are dozens of large standing cypress. Some of these are dead and bare no leaves, while most are alive and healthy. The living trees provide a good bit of shade with their leaves during the warmer months.  On the eastern shore there are many young cyrpress trees. These trees are standing in water 1 to 3 feet deep and provide a lot of nice cover.

The second type of cover that Dargans has is grass. I am unsure as to what type of grass this is but it is both emergent and submerged and can be found standing right up next to shore and also as far out as 4 to 5 feet deep (completely submerged at these depths). As I said I am not completely sure of the species of grass but it could possibly be one of these two.

http://aquaplant.tamu.edu/database/emergent_plants/lizards_tail.htm

http://aquaplant.tamu.edu/database/emergent_plants/smartweed.htm

Dargans Pond also doubles as a state managed water fowl management area which is headed up by Clemson University.

Aside from the Largemouth Bass which inhabit Dargans there is also a healthy population of Bream, Crappie and Flathead Catfish. Mudfish, aka Bowfin, also share these waters though rarely caught.

Your typical reptiles also call Dargans Pond home. Several types of turtles, water mocassins and copperhead snakes are common sights. Fortunately Alligators do not venture up as far as Dargans Pond.


If anyone has any specific questions about Dargans Pond, and you do not see the answer here, please feel free to either post your question or PM me and ask me directly.

Tattered Thumbs n Bigguns, Jared
 
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Sounds like a nice place to fish. Are those larger bass kept or returned the lake? With a pond so small keeping giant bass like that can have a devastating effect on the eco system not to mention the size and population of Bass.
 

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I always release and I see quite a bunch get released but I do see a lot of the big ones, mostly the ones caught by the older anglers there, get taken home.
 

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Atleast in my area... I have run into a lot of the old timers who dont believe in catch and release and will keep all the catch. They dont seem to realize that the fish are an extinguishable natural resource.
 

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I fish Dargans pond all the time and yes it is a great place to fish. I've caught some very nice bass out of there. still looking for that monster bass. I recommend anyone to fish that lake
 

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twon_23 said:
I fish Dargans pond all the time and yes it is a great place to fish. I've caught some very nice bass out of there. still looking for that monster bass. I recommend anyone to fish that lake
we'll have to fish together there one of these Saturdays Twon :D
 
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