Nongame Device Limits by Location - Recreational

Section 50-13-675

A recreational fisherman may use the following fishing devices and methods for taking nongame fish but only in those waters in which the type and quantity are allowed: archery equipment, cast net, not more than five crayfish traps, not more than two eel pots, gig, one gill net not more than one hundred yards in length or not more than three gill nets, none of which exceeds thirty yards in length; hand grabbing, not more than one hoop net, not more than fifty jugs, minnow seine, not more than five minnow traps, not more than one pump net, not more than one seine, not more than fifty set hooks, not more than one skimbow net, spear, not more than two traps, not more than one trotline with fifty hooks maximum, any lawful game fishing device. Nongame fishing devices, except as provided in this section, must not be used in freshwater including tributaries of rivers or creeks unless listed and regulated in this section:

X Indicates allowed nongame device.
Described limits are the maximum number of nongame devices allowed per license holder.

Body of water listed in alphabetical order.

Body of Water Location Eel pots
Limit 2
Jugs
Limit 50
Nongame gill nets in season Seines
Limit 1
Set hooks Limit 50 Skimbow Nets
Limit 1
Traps
Limit 2
Trotlines
Limit
1 line with 50 hooks maximum
Ashepoo River   X       X      
Ashley River   X       X      
Black Creek Darlington, Florence & Chesterfield counties including Lakes Robinson & Prestwood     X   X     X
Black River       X   X   X -
Allowed only from Pea House landing downstream
X
Broad River         X -
Seines allowed only upstream from SC State Highway 34 Bridge to the NC/SC state line
X   X X
Buffalo Creek         Not allowed       X
Bush River         X        
Catawba River From Lake Wylie Dam to the backwaters of Lake Wateree, including all reservoirs       Not allowed X   X
Combahee River   X       X     X
Congaree River           X   X X
Cooper River

Berkeley & Charleston counties

Note: Pump Nets 1 for Recreational License

X -
(not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek)
      X -
(not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek)
X X  -
(not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek)
X -
(not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek) 
Coosawhatchie           X      

Body of Water Location Eel pots
Limit 2
Jugs
Limit 50
Nongame gill nets in season Seines
Limit 1
Set hooks Limit 50 Skimbow Nets
Limit 1
Traps
Limit 2
Trotlines
Limit
1 line with 50 hooks maximum
Durbin Creek         X        
Edisto River including the North and South Forks X       X     X
Enoree River         X -
Seine from the Norfolk-Southern Railroad in Greenville County downstream to the confluence with the Broad River
X   X X
Four Holes Lakes system in Dorchester County which includes Bridge Lake, John's Hole Lake, Little Pond Lake, Mallard's Lake, Mims Lake, Mouth of Four Holes Lake, Rock's Lake, Shuler Lake, Steed's Lake and Woods Lake     X   X     X
Great Pee Dee River the waters from U.S. Interstate Highway 95 to the saltwater/freshwater dividing line including the navigable oxbows and sloughs and Bull Creek X -
Allowed only downstream from US Highway 701 to the saltwater/freshwater dividing line
  X   X X X X
Great Pee Dee River the waters from U.S. Interstate Highway 95 to the NC/SC State Line including the navigable oxbows and sloughs     X   X   X
Jefferies Creek Florence County     X   X     X
Lake Greenwood     X         X X
Lake Hartwell     X         X X
Lake Keowee               X X
Lakes Marion and Moultrie and the upper reach of the Santee River             X X -
Trotlines—hooks must have a gap or clearance between point and shank no greater than seven sixteenths inch
Lake Murray               X X

Body of Water Location Eel pots
Limit 2
Jugs
Limit 50
Nongame gill nets in season Seines
Limit 1
Set hooks Limit 50 Skimbow Nets
Limit 1
Traps
Limit 2
Trotlines
Limit
1 line with 50 hooks maximum
Lake Russell     X         X X
Lake Secession     X         X X
Lake Thurmond & Stevens Creek Reservoir     X         X X
Lake Wateree               X X
Lake Wylie               X X
Little Pee Dee River including Russ's Creek and other navigable oxbows and sloughs

Note: Beginning July 1, 2012 and for three years after, 1 hoop net allowed with department special issued tag.

    X   X   X -
Beginning July 1, 2012 and for three years after, 2 traps allowed with department special issued tag.
X
Little River from Mars Bridge in McCormick County up to the confluence of Barkers Creek (Long Branch) and Corner Creek in Anderson County       X
       
Log Creek Edgefield County       X        
Long Cane Creek McCormick County from above Patterson Bridge on S.C. State Highway S-33-117 upstream to SC State Highway S-1-75 in Abbeville County       X        
Louther's Lake Darlington County     X   X      
Lumber River       X   X     X
Lynches River includes Clarks Creek, Mill Creek and Muddy Creek     X   X     X

Body of Water Location Eel pots Limit 2

Hoop nets - w/commercial license

Jugs -
Limit 50
Nongame gill nets in season

Seines
Limit 1

Set hooks Limit 50 Skimbow Nets Traps -
Limits
Trotlines -
Limit
1 line with 50 hooks maximum
Mulberry Creek Greenwood County         X        
New River             X      
Old River   Nongame devices not allowed.
Pacolet River           X X   X X
Rabon Creek Laurens County         X        
Redbank Creek Saluda County west of Highway 121 Nongame devices not allowed.
Reedy River           X -
Seines allowed from the Norfolk-Southern Railroad in Greenville County downstream to the backwaters of Lake Greenwood
X   X X
Rocky River Anderson County         X        
Salkehatchie River             X      
Saluda River from S.C. State Highway 183 in Greenville County to the backwaters of Lake Greenwood and on the Middle Reach of the Saluda River         X
X   X X
Saluda River Lower reach               X

Body of Water Location Eel pots
Limit 2
Jugs
Limit 50
Nongame gill nets in season Seines
Limit 1
Set hooks Limit 50 Skimbow Nets
Limit 1
Traps
Limit 2
Trotlines
Limit
1 line with 50 hooks maximum
Sampit River       X   X X X  
Santee River from USGS gauging station 1715 about 2.4 miles below Santee Dam downstream to the saltwater/freshwater dividing line including the North and South Santee Rivers 2         X X X
Savannah River Lower Reach to the saltwater/freshwater dividing line 2   X   X   X X
Stevens Creek from SC State Highway S-19-53 upstream to the confluence of Hard Labor and Cuffytown Creeks       X        
Thicketty Creek Cherokee County       X        
Tulifinny River           X      
Turkey Creek Edgefield & Greenwood counties       X        
Twelve-Mile Creek   Nongame devices not allowed.
Tyger River         X X   X X
Waccamaw River   X   X   X X   X
Warrior Creek Laurens County       X        
Wateree River           X   X X
Wilson Creek Greenwood County from the confluence of Wilson Creek and Ninety - Six Creek upstream to U.S. Highway 25/U.S. Highway 178 in Greenwood County       X        

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