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Nongame Fish Size & Possession Limits

American Eel

  • Water Body: Statewide
  • Size Limit: Minimum 9 inches
  • Possession Limit: 25 per person per day

Blue Catfish

  • Water Body: Statewide
  • Regulation: Only 2 fish larger than 32 inches per person may be taken
  • Possession Limit: 25 per person per day

Game Fish Size & Possession Limits

Bream (includes bluegill, flier, warmouth, pumpkinseed, green sunfish, redear (shellcracker) and spotted sunfish)

  • Water Body: Statewide
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 30 per person per day

Redbreast Sunfish

  • Water Body: Statewide
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 15 per person per day

Crappie

  • Water Body: Statewide
  • Size Limit: Minimum 8 inches
  • Possession Limit: 20 per person per day

Walleye & Sauger

  • Water Body: Statewide
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: No more than 8 combined total of walleye or sauger

Chain Pickerel

  • Water Body: Statewide
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 30 per person per day

Redfin Pickerel

  • Water Body: Statewide
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 30 per person per day

Yellow Perch

  • Water Body: Statewide
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 30 per person per day

Game Fish Size & Possession Limits

Black Bass: Largemouth, Smallmouth, Redeye, Spotted Bass & Genus Micropterus

  • A total of 40 game fish may be kept in any one day. This total shall not exceed more than the limits or exceptions listed below. Any game fish or species with a size limit listed must be landed with head and tail fin intact. All freshwater fish species in the state of South Carolina are measured using total length. Special limits and regulations apply to SCDNR managed lakes.

  • Check with state parks, city reservoirs, or county parks for special limits and regulations that apply to those areas.

Smallmouth Bass

  • Water Body: Statewide except the water bodies listed below
  • Size Limit: Minimum 12 inches
  • Possession Limit: No more than 5 combined total of smallmouth, largemouth, redeye bass, or their hybrids

Smallmouth Bass

  • Water Body: Lakes Hartwell, Russell (including the Lake Hartwell tailwater), Thurmond, Tugaloo, Yonah; Stevens Creek Reservoir; the Chattooga and Savannah Rivers
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: No more than 10 combined total of black bass

Smallmouth Bass

  • Water Body: Lake Keowee
  • Size Limit: Minimum 12 inches
  • Possession Limit: No more than 10 combined total of black bass

Redeye (Bartrams) Bass

  • Water Body: Statewide except the water bodies listed below
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: No more than 5 combined total of smallmouth, largemouth, redeye bass, or their hybrids

Redeye (Bartrams) Bass

  • Water Body: Lakes Hartwell, Keowee, Russell (including the Lake Hartwell tailwater), Thurmond, Tugaloo, Yonah; Stevens Creek Reservoir; the Chattooga and Savannah Rivers
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: No more than 10 combined total of black bass

Largemouth Bass

  • Water Body: Statewide except the water bodies listed below
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: No more than 5 combined total of smallmouth, largemouth, redeye bass, or their hybrids

Largemouth Bass

  • Water Body: Lakes Blalock, Greenwood, Jocassee, Marion, Monticello, Moultrie, Murray, Secession, Wateree, Wylie, and the middle reach of the Saluda River and the upper reach of the Santee River
  • Size Limit: Minimum 14 inches
  • Possession Limit: No more than 5 combined total of smallmouth, largemouth, redeye bass, or their hybrids

Largemouth Bass

  • Water Body: Lakes Hartwell, Keowee, Russell (including the Lake Hartwell tailwater), Thurmond, Tugaloo, Yonah; Stevens Creek Reservoir; the Chattooga and Savannah Rivers
  • Size Limit: Minimum 12 inches
  • Possession Limit: No more than 10 combined total of black bass

Largemouth Bass

  • Water Body: Lake Robinson (Greenville County)
  • Size Limit: Minimum 12 inches
  • Possession Limit: No more than 5 combined total of smallmouth, largemouth, redeye bass, or their hybrids

Spotted Bass

  • Water Body: Statewide except the water bodies listed below
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 15 per person per day

Spotted Bass

  • Water Body: Lakes Hartwell, Keowee, Russell (including the Lake Hartwell tailwater), Thurmond, Tugaloo, Yonah; Stevens Creek Reservoir; the Chattooga and Savannah Rivers
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: No more than 10 combined total of black bass

Black Bass

  • Water Body: Slade’s Lake
  • Size Limit: Minimum 12 inches
  • Possession Limit: No more than 2 bass per person per day

Game Fish Size & Possession Limits: Striped, White & Hybrid Bass

A total of 40 game fish may be kept in any one day. This total shall not exceed more than the limits or exceptions listed below. Any game fish or species with a size limit listed must be landed with head and tail fin intact. All freshwater fish species in the state of South Carolina are measured using total length. Special limits and regulations apply to SCDNR managed lakes.

Check with state parks, city reservoirs, or county parks for special limits and regulations that apply to those areas.

White Bass

  • Water Body: Statewide except the Savannah River
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 10 per person per day

Hybrid Bass

  • Water Body: Statewide except on the Savannah River and Lakes Hartwell, Russell, and Thurmond
  • Size Limit: None
  • Possession Limit: 10 per person per day

Striped Bass

  • Water Body: Statewide except the water bodies listed below
  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 10 per person per day

Exceptions:

  • Ashepoo River; Ashley River; Back River in Jasper County and the Back River in Berkeley County; Black River; Black Mingo Creek; Bull Creek and Little Bull Creek; Combahee River; Cooper River system (see map below); Coosawhatchie River; Cuckholds Creek; Edisto River; Horseshoe Creek; Intracoastal Waterway (Horry County); Lumber River; Lynches River; Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers; Pocotaligo in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties; Salkehatchie and Little Salkehatchie Rivers; Sampit River; Tulifinny River; Thoroughfare Creek; and Waccamaw River:
    • Striped Bass: Oct. 1 - June 15: 26 inches min, 3 per person per day; June 16 - Sept. 30: closed
  • Santee River system (see map below); includes Saluda River (Lower Reach):
    • Striped Bass: Oct. 1 - June 15 striped bass between 23 and 25 inches may be harvested except that one fish may be greater than 26 inches, 3 per person per day; June 16 - Sept. 30: closed except for Lower Saluda River where catch and release is allowed
  • Lake Murray:
    • Striped Bass: Oct. 1 - May 31: 21 inches min, 5 per person per day; June 1 - Sept. 30: any length, unlawful to take, attempt to take, or possess more than 5
  • Saluda River (Middle Reach) - All waters of Saluda River from backwaters of Lake Murray at SC Hwy 395 upstream to Lake Greenwood Dam:
    • Striped Bass: Oct. 1 - May 31: 21 inches min, 5 per person per day; June 1 - Sept. 30: any length, unlawful to take, attempt to take, or possess more than 5
  • Lake Russell:
    • Striped or Hybrid Bass or a combination: Only 1 fish larger than 34 inches, 2 per person per day
  • Lake Hartwell Tailwater:
    • Striped or Hybrid Bass or a combination: Only 1 fish over 34 inches, 2 per person per day
  • Savannah River (Lower) - All waters of Savannah River from its confluence with the Atlantic Ocean upstream to the Lake J. Strom Thurmond Dam:
    • Striped, Hybrid or White Bass or a combination: 27 inches min, 2 per person per day
  • Lake Hartwell & Lake Thurmond:
    • Striped or Hybrid Bass or a combination: Only 3 fish over 26 inches, 10 per person per day

South Carolina Freshwater Fish Size & Possession Limits

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