Bream Sunfish Crappie Yellow Perch Pickerel Walleye & Sauger Limits

Hunting Regulations Icon South Carolina Hunting & Fishing

Game Fish Size & Possession Limits

bream, redbreast sunfish, crappie, yellow perch, pickerel, walleye & sauger

• 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


Size Limit

Possession Limit

per person per day

Statewide Bream (includes bluegill, flier, warmouth, pumpkinseed, green sunfish, redear (shellcracker) and spotted sunfish) Any length 30
Statewide Redbreast Sunfish Any length 15
Statewide Crappie 8 inches 20
Statewide Walleye & Sauger Any length No more than 8 combined total of walleye or sauger
Statewide Chain Pickerel Any length 30
Statewide Redfin Pickerel Any length 30
Statewide Yellow Perch Any length 30

Sunfishes of South Carolina


Redbreast Sunfish


Redear Sunfish


Green Sunfish


Spotted Sunfish



Black Crappie

White Crappie


Chain Pickerel

Redfin Pickerel


Yellow Perch