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Bass Limits – Striped White & Hybrid

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Game Fish Size & Possession Limits

striped, white & hybrid bass

• 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 Body

Fish

Size Limit

Possession Limit

per person per day

Statewide except the Savannah River White Bass Any length 10
Statewide except on the Savannah River and Lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond see below. Hybrid Bass None 10
Statewide except the water bodies list below: Striped Bass Any length 10
Ashepoo River; Ashley River; Back River in Jasper County and the Back River in Berkeley County; Black River; Black Mingo Creek; Bull Creek and Little Bull Creek; Combahee River; Cooper River system; Coosawhatchie River; Cuckholds Creek; Edisto River; Horseshoe Creek; Lumber River; Lynches River; Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers; Pocotaligo in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties; Salkehatchie and Little Salkehatchie Rivers; Sampit River; Santee River system; Tulifinny River; Thoroughfare Creek; and Waccamaw River Striped Bass Oct. 1 – May 31:
26 inches
3
Jun. 1 – Sept. 30: closed except catch
and release on the Lower Saluda River
Lake Murray Striped Bass Oct. 1 – May 31:
21 inches
5
Jun. 1 – Sept. 30:
any length
Unlawful to take, attempt to take, or possess more than 5
Saluda River (Middle Reach)
All waters of Saluda River from backwaters of Lake Murray at SC Hwy 395 upstream to Lake Greenwood Dam
Striped Bass Oct. 1 – May 31:
21 inches
5
Jun. 1 – Sept. 30:
any length
Unlawful to take, attempt to take, or possess more than 5
Saluda River (Lower Reach)
All waters of Saluda River from confluence with Broad River upstream to Lake Murray Dam
Striped Bass Oct. 1 – May 31:
26 inches
3
Jun. 1 – Sept. 30: any length Catch and Release only
Lake Russell Striped or Hybrid Bass or a combination Only 1 fish larger than 34 inches 2
Lake Hartwell Tailwater Striped or Hybrid Bass or a combination Only 1 fish over 34 inches 2
Savannah River (Lower)
All waters of Savannah River from its confluence with the Atlantic Ocean upstream to the Lake J. Strom Thurmond Dam
Striped, Hybrid or White Bass or a combination 27 inches 2
Lake Hartwell & Lake Thurmond Striped or Hybrid Bass or a combination Only 3 fish over
26 inches
10

Temperate Bass Identification

White Perch

A. Dorsal fins joined by a membrane.

B. No tooth patches on tongue.

C. Body deepest in front of 1st
dorsal fin.

D. No stripes present or only faintly striped on lower body only.

E. 2nd spine almost equal the length of 3rd spine.

White Bass

A. Dorsal fins not jointed.

B. Back of tongue has 1 tooth patch.

C. Body deep, more than 1/3 length.

D. Stripes faint, only 1 extends to tail.

E. 2nd spine 2/3 the length or more of 3rd spine.

Striped Bass

A. Dorsal fins not joined.

B. Back of tongue has 2 distinct tooth patches.

C. Body slender, less than 1/3 length.

D. Stripes distinct, several extend to tail.

E. 2nd spine 1/2 the length of 3rd spine.

Hybrid Bass

A. Dorsal fins not joined.

B. Back of tongue has 2 distinct tooth patches.

C. Body deep, more than 1/3 length.

D. Stripes distinct, usually broken, several extend to tail.

E. 2nd spine 2/3 or more the length of 3rd spine.