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Game Fish Size & Possession Limits: Brook, Brown, Rainbow & Their Hybrids

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.

Water Bodies

Statewide except the water bodies listed below:

  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 5 per person per day
  • Bait & Tackle Restrictions: None

Waters on Georgia Border

  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 5 per person per day
  • Bait & Tackle Restrictions: None

Chauga River (SC Hwy 290 [Cassidy Bridge Road] upstream to Bone Camp Creek)

  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Nov. 1 - May 14: Catch and Release only; Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
  • May 15 - Oct. 31: Possession Limit: 5 per person per day; None

Chattooga River (Hwy 28 to Reed Creek)

  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Nov. 1 - May 14: Catch and Release only; Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
  • May 15 - Oct. 31: Possession Limit: 5 per person per day; None

Cheohee Creek

  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 5 per person per day
  • Bait & Tackle Restrictions: None

Cheohee Creek (portion that runs through the Piedmont Forestry Center) Open Mon, Wed, Sat, or as posted

  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Nov. 1 - May 14: Catch and Release only; Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
  • May 15 - Oct. 31: Possession Limit: 5 per person per day; None

Corbin Creek (from confluence with Howard Creek upstream to SC Hwy 130)

  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Nov. 1 - May 14: Catch and Release only; Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
  • May 15 - Oct. 31: Possession Limit: 5 per person per day; None

Devils Fork Creek

  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Nov. 1 - May 14: Catch and Release only; Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
  • May 15 - Oct. 31: Possession Limit: 5 per person per day; None

Eastatoe Creek (Lake Keowee to Roy Jones Road)

  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Nov. 1 - May 14: Catch and Release only; Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
  • May 15 - Oct. 31: Possession Limit: 5 per person per day; None

Eastatoe Creek (portion on Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve)

  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Possession Limit: 5 per person per day
  • Bait & Tackle Restrictions: Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except artificial lures.

Howard Creek (from confluence with Corbin Creek upstream to confluence with Limberpole Creek)

  • Size Limit: Any length
  • Nov. 1 - May 14: Catch and Release only; Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
  • May 15 - Oct. 31: Possession Limit: 5 per person per day; None

Lower Saluda River (All waters of Saluda River from confluence with Broad River upstream to Lake Murray Dam)

  • Only 1 fish may be more than 16 inches
  • Possession Limit: 5 per person per day
  • Bait & Tackle Restrictions: None
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