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Guidelines for Nongame Fish Tags

  • Updated directives and details are provided alongside the issuance of nongame fish tags or permits.
  • Obtain tags, permits, and commercial freshwater fishing licenses from any regional SCDNR Office, online, or by reaching out to SCDNR-License Section through mail or phone.
  • Regional SCDNR offices are responsible for distributing nongame fish tags.
  • Tags procured online or via mail are dispatched from the Columbia office and are deemed valid upon receipt by the licensee.

Gill Nets Regulations

Description

  • Gill nets used for nongame fish (excluding shad and herring) must have a mesh size of at least 4-1/2 inches stretch mesh.
  • The maximum allowable length for gill nets is 100 yards in freshwater.
  • No part of the net, cable line, or any supporting device should extend beyond halfway across any stream or body of water.
  • Each gill net must be clearly marked with a white floating marker as per the guidelines outlined in the Freshwater Nongame Fishing Regulations regarding Markers and Identification of Nongame Devices.

Permits/Regulations

  • A valid gill net tag is mandatory for using gill nets.
  • Gill nets can be placed in freshwater areas on a first-come, first-served basis, but they must not be set within 200 yards of another gill net.
  • Along the Little Pee Dee River upstream of Punch Bowl Landing, specific proximity rules apply: no net may be set within 75 feet of a previously set gill net, or within 75 feet of another drifting net.
  • Nongame fish caught in shad nets during the lawful open season for shad fishing may be retained.
  • Any sturgeon caught must be promptly released back into the waters where it was caught.

Hours/Seasons

  • The season for using gill nets to catch nongame fish (excluding American shad and herring) in freshwater areas of the state is from November 1 to March 1 (where permitted).
  • Gill net fishing is restricted to Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during this season.

Hoop Nets Regulations

Description

  • Hoop nets are constructed of textile netting (without wire) with a mesh size ranging between 1 and 2 inches square.
  • They enclose a series of round hoops and have two or more muzzle openings made of netting material.
  • The maximum allowable size for a hoop net is 16 feet by 5-1/2 feet.
  • Each hoop net must be visibly marked with a white floating marker, following the guidelines outlined in the Freshwater Nongame Fishing Regulation regarding Markers and Identification of Nongame Devices.

Permits/Regulations

  • A valid hoop net tag is required before using a hoop net for fishing.
  • Hoop nets must be positioned on the bottom of the water body and should not be placed within 100 feet of the mouth of any tributary stream.

Hours/Seasons

  • There is no closed season for using hoop nets. They can be used throughout the year without any seasonal restrictions.

Jugs Regulations

Description

  • Jugs consist of a single hook and line attached to a free-floating device.
  • The device must have a minimum capacity of one pint and a maximum of one gallon.
  • Each jug is permitted to have only one line attached.

Permits/Regulations

  • A valid permit is required for fishing with up to 50 jugs, with a maximum limit of 50 jugs per licensee.
  • The licensee's name and customer ID number must be clearly marked on each jug.
  • Jug fishing is permitted only in specific lakes: Greenwood, Hartwell, Secession, Russell, Thurmond, and Stevens Creek Reservoir.
  • Residents assisting jug permit holders do not require a separate jug permit.
  • Jugs must be visibly marked with the owner's name and customer ID number as per the guidelines outlined in the Freshwater Nongame Fishing Regulations.

Hours/Seasons

  • Jugs must be removed from the water before one hour after official sunrise each day.
  • They should not be replaced prior to one hour before official sunset.

Set Hooks Regulations

Description

  • Set hooks consist of a single hook and line attached to bushes, limbs, poles, sticks, or similar structures.
  • Each set hook must be labeled with the customer's name and customer ID number.

Permits/Regulations

  • Fishing with set hooks is permitted up to a maximum of 50 hooks, as per the 50 hook limit regulation.
  • Set hooks must be visibly marked with the owner's name and customer ID number.
  • Specific regulations apply to the Black, Edisto, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee, Lumber, Lynches (including Clarks, Mill, and Muddy Creeks), Sampit, and Waccamaw Rivers regarding the use of live nongame fish and bream (excluding redbreast) with single-barbed set hooks having a shank-to-point gap of fifteen-sixteenths inches or greater.
  • However, it is unlawful for an individual to possess more than the lawful creel limit of bream while using nongame devices on these rivers.

Hours/Seasons

  • Set hooks must be removed from the water before one hour after official sunrise each day.
  • They cannot be reattached until one hour before official sunset.

Traps Regulations

Trap Type 1 Description

  • Made of wire or textile material, cylindrical in shape, not exceeding 6 feet in length and 3 feet in width.
  • Mesh size should not be smaller than 1 inch by 1 inch.
  • Exterior wire to the trap should be applied only once.
  • The trap door on the second muzzle or catch muzzle remains closed, opening only for fish entry.
  • Alternatively, constructed of netting, the small end of the second muzzle or catch muzzle is held in a slit shape.
  • The slit should be horizontally oriented when the trap rests on the bottom, with a vertical opening of no greater than 1 inch.

Trap Type 2 Description

  • Made of wood strips or slats, cylindrical or rectangular, with a maximum length of 6 feet and a width or diameter not exceeding 2 feet.
  • The throat opening of the catch muzzle, in a resting position, should not exceed 3 inches in any direction.
  • There should be a minimum one-inch opening between the slats on the sides, top, and rear of the trap, allowing for the escape of small catfish. This applies only to the last 12 inches of the trap.

Eel Pot Description

  • Constructed of wire, not larger than 24 inches by 48 inches, with a mesh size no smaller than 1/2 by 1/2 inch, except for the throat or muzzle and the end opposite the throat or muzzle.
  • Throat opening should not exceed 2 inches in any direction.
  • A permit is required for the harvest of eels in both freshwater and saltwater.

Permits/Regulations

  • A tag is necessary for each trap or eel pot.
  • A permit is required for harvesting eels in both freshwater and saltwater.
  • Traps and eel pots may be suspended in water at a depth that does not pose a hazard to watercraft.
  • No trap or eel pot should be placed within 100 feet of the mouth of any tributary stream.
  • The use of crab pots or traps of similar design is prohibited in the freshwaters of this state.

Hours/Seasons

  • No closed season applies.

Trotlines Description

Trotlines consist of two or more hooks attached to a line rigged horizontally, identifiable by a white floating marker. Statewide, stainless steel hooks are prohibited. However, in Lakes Marion and Moultrie, hooks must measure 7/16 inch or less between point and shank.

Regulations

  • In specified rivers (Black, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee, Lumber, Lynches, and Waccamaw), live nongame fish and bream, excluding redbreast, are permitted on trotlines with a maximum of 20 hooks. However, possession of bream beyond the lawful creel limit is prohibited while using nongame devices on these rivers.
  • Each trotline with up to 50 hooks requires a tag. For trotlines with more than 50 hooks, a tag for every 50 hooks or less is required. Trotlines must not be attached to another trotline or its support.
  • Trotlines are not allowed within 100 feet of the mouth of any tributary stream.

Hours/Seasons

  • Trotlines must be inspected and fish removed every 24 hours. From Apr. 1 to Oct. 1, trotlines are prohibited in waters from one hour after official sunrise to one hour before official sunset, unless they are submerged to a minimum depth of four feet. From Oct. 2 to Mar. 31, trotlines can be left in the water 24 hours per day at any depth.

Crayfish Trap

Description

A crayfish trap is constructed of coated wire with throat or flue openings not exceeding 2-1/4 inches and a minimum mesh size of 1/4 inch bar mesh. These traps must bear the name and customer ID number and are permitted only in designated bodies of water. Commercial fishermen may utilize up to fifty crayfish traps, while recreational fishermen are limited to five.

Minnow Seine

Description

A minnow seine must not exceed 4 feet in depth by 20 feet in length, with a mesh size of no more than 1/4 inch square mesh. Possession of a minnow seine is prohibited from 10 PM to official sunrise. Each seine must be marked with the owner's name and customer ID number.

Minnow Trap

Description

A cylindrical device, no longer than 24 inches and no more than 30 inches in circumference, or a rectangular device not exceeding 24 inches in length, 8 inches in height, and 9 inches in width. The mesh must be no smaller than 1/4 inch bar mesh, with a throat opening not exceeding 1 inch in diameter. All minnow traps must bear the user’s name and customer ID number.

Seine

Description

A net with a stretch mesh of not less than 1 inch and not more than 1-1/2 inches, not exceeding 75 feet in length or 6 feet in depth. Anchoring a seine and leaving it unattended is prohibited.

Skimbow Net

Description

A hand-operated dip net with a wooden bow and wire or textile netting with a mesh size not exceeding 1-1/2 inches square. The bow must not exceed 14 feet in any direction. Skimbow nets are exclusively used from Feb. 1 to Apr. 30 for shad or herring fishing, only from a boat, and solely for recreational purposes.

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