Miscellaneous definitions

Fishing Equipment Definitions

Species Definitions

Waterbody Definitions and Maps

Bait fish:
means a fish allowed to be used as bait in the freshwaters including: Asian clams (Corbicula spp.), crayfish, eels, herring, shad, and fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas), golden shiners (Notemigonus crysoleucas), and goldfish, including 'black salties' (Carassius auratus). Except for bream (other than redbreast), no other game fish is allowed to be used as bait, provided, trout are allowed to be used as bait only on Lakes Hartwell, Russell, Thurmond, Tugaloo, Yonah, Stevens Creek Reservoir, and the Savannah River.
Commercial purpose:
  • being engaged in selling fish; or
  • taking or attempting to take fish in order to derive income or other consideration; or
  • fishing more devices than allowed for recreation.
means the twenty-four hour period from one-half hour before official sunrise of one day to onehalf hour before official sunrise the following day.
Freshwaters or freshwaters of this State:
means all waters of this State from the saltwater/ freshwater dividing line inland to the jurisdictional limits of this State and those naturally occurring freshwaters seaward of the saltwater/freshwater line, but does not include private lakes or ponds which are entirely segregated from other freshwaters.
means finfish and shellfish, including mollusks and crustaceans.
means all activity and effort involved in taking or attempting to take fish.
Hand grabbing (noodling):
means taking nongame fish by hand without the aid of hook, snare, or artificial breathing device. A stick, pole, rod, or PVC pipe must be used to dislodge the fish.
means take and retain possession while afloat or take and bring ashore.
means the number or size of fish one person lawfully may possess in any one day while afloat or afield.
means one-half hour after official sunset of one day to one-half hour before official sunrise the following day.
Possess or possession:
means to take and retain.
means a person other than a licensed freshwater commercial fisherman, who under immediate supervision assists a licensed commercial freshwater fisherman, but does not use separate nongame fishing devices from the vessel engaged in commercial fishing. A striker is not required to have a commercial freshwater fishing license.
means pulling a device equipped with one or more hooks through the water in an attempt to impale fish. 'Snagging' does not include using lures or baited hooks designed to catch fish in or about the mouth.
means to catch, capture, gather, wound, kill, harvest, or remove, but does not include a catch and immediate release.
Total length:
means the length of a fish laid flat and measured from the closed mouth (snout) to the tip of the tail fin when pinched together. It is a straight line measure, not over the curvature of the body.
means the device operator is not in the immediate vicinity.

Species definitions

Black bass:
means largemouth (Micropterus salmoides), smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu), redeye (Micropterus coosae), and spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus).
Hybrid bass:
means those fish produced by crossing striped bass (Morone saxatilis) with white bass (Morone chrysops).
Striped bass or rockfish:
means the species Morone saxatilis.
means rainbow, brook, brown, or other species of cold-water trout of the family Salmonidae.