Blueback Herring, American & Hickory Shad -
2014 - 2015 Fishing Regulations

Shad and Herring species in SC

To take shad for recreational purposes by hook and line, cast net, or skimbow net in waters of the state, a person must have the appropriate freshwater or saltwater recreational fishing license.

Herring fishery closed in the Savannah River seaward of the Augusta Diversion Dam and in all rivers in the Winyah Bay River System (means all waters of Winyah Bay east of a line running south from the southern tip of North Island to the eastern tip of Sand Island, and extending to the mouths of the Sampit, Great Pee Dee, and Waccamaw Rivers) except for the Great Pee Dee River.

Herring fishing is prohibited within one hundred feet of the fish lift exit channel at St. Stephens Powerhouse.

Recreational (unlawful to sell catch) Limits

Shad

10 shad per person per day except in Santee River and Rediversion Canal (where it is 20 per person per day)

Herring

1 US bushel of herring per person per day

Gear Type:

Hook and Line, Cast Nets or Skimbow Nets

Gill Nets

It is unlawful to possess saltwater or freshwater game fish or fishing tackle capable of taking saltwater or freshwater game fish while taking or attempting to take shad or herring with gillnets.

Shad Gill Net

A gill net used for taking or attempting to take shad in the inshore saltwaters must have a stretched mesh size of no smaller than 5-1/2 inches and a length not exceeding 900 feet. A gill net used for shad in the freshwaters must have a stretched mesh size of no smaller than 5-1/2 inches and be no longer than 600 hundred feet. Gill nets for taking shad may be freely drift fished or set.

Fishermen using a Gill Net

Herring Gill Net

A gill net used for taking or attempting to take herring in the salt waters of this State must have mesh size of 2-1/2 inches stretched and a length no greater than 900 hundred feet. Gill net used for taking or attempting to take herring in freshwaters must have a stretched mesh of 2-1/2 inches stretched and a length no greater than 600 hundred feet.

Recreational License Requirements

Commercial (selling your catch) Limits

Gear Type:

Cast Net

Shad Gill Net or Herring Gill Net

Commercial License Requirements


Commercial fishing for shad and herring in freshwaters, including for sale as bait and by use of gill nets, is regulated under saltwater fisheries laws regardless of location within the state. Contact the Charleston License office at 843-953-9311 or 843-953-9821 for commercial and gill net information.