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Nongame Device Limits by Location

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Ashepoo River

Recreational Devices

  • Eel Pots: 2
  • Set Hooks: 50

Commercial Devices

  • Eel Pots: 75
  • Set Hooks: 50

Ashley River

Recreational Devices

  • Eel Pots: 2
  • Set Hooks: 50

Commercial Devices

  • Eel Pots: 75
  • Set Hooks: 50

Black Creek including Lakes Robinson & Prestwood

Darlingon, Florence & Chesterfield counties.

Recreational Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 250 hooks maximum no more than 5 lines

Black River

Recreational Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps (only from Pea House landing downstream): 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps (only from Pea House landing downstream): 10
  • Trotlines: 250 hooks maximum no more than 5 lines

Broad River

Recreational Devices

  • 1 Seine upstream from SC State Highway 34 Bridge to the NC/SC state line only: 1
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 5
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Bush River

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

Catawba River

From the Lake Wylie Dam to the Cedar Creek Dam including the in-stream reservoirs.

Recreational Devices

  • Seines not allowed.
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Seines not allowed.
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Combahee River

Recreational Devices

  • Eel Pots: 2
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Eel Pots: 75
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 250 hooks maximum no more than 5 lines

Congaree River

Recreational Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Hoop Nets: 10
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 10
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Cooper River

Berkeley & Charleston counties.

Recreational Devices

  • Eel Pots (not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek): 2
  • Pump Nets: 1
  • Set Hooks (not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek): 50
  • Skimbow Nets: 1
  • Traps (not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek): 2
  • Trotlines (not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek): 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Eel Pots (not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek): 5
  • Elver Fyke nets allowed on all tributaries and on the main branch from the saltwater/freshwater dividing line upstream to the CSX railroad trestle on the Tail Race Canal: 10
  • Set Hooks (not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek): 50
  • Traps (not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek): 25
  • Trotlines (not allowed upstream from Wadboo Creek): 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Coosawhatchie River

Recreational Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50

Commercial Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50

Durbin Creek

Greenville & Laurens counties.

Recreational Devices

  • Seines: 1

Edisto River

Including the North and South Forks.

Recreational Devices

  • Eel Pots: 2
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Eel Pots: 75
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 250 hooks maximum no more than 5 lines

Enoree River

Recreational Devices

  • Seine allowed from the Norfolk-Southern Railroad in Greenville County downstream to the confluence with the Broad River: 1
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

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.

Recreational Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50

Commercial Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50

Great Pee Dee River

The waters from the US Interstate Highway 95 to the saltwater/freshwater dividing line including the navigable oxbows and sloughs and Bull Creek.

Recreational Devices

  • Eel Pots downstream from US Highway 701 to the saltwater/freshwater dividing line: 2
  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Skimbow Nets: 1
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Eel Pots downstream from US Highway 701 to the saltwater/freshwater dividing line: 75
  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 50
  • Trotlines: 250 hooks maximum no more than 5 lines

Great Pee Dee River

The waters from US Interstate Highway 95 to the NC/SC State Line including the navigable oxbows and sloughs.

Recreational Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Hoop Nets upstream from SC Highway 34 to the NC/SC State Line: 50
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 50
  • Trotlines: 250 hooks maximum no more than 5 lines

Jefferies Creek

Florence County.

Recreational Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 250 hooks maximum no more than 5 lines

Lake Greenwood

Recreational Devices

  • Jugs: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Traps: 5
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Lake Hartwell

Recreational Devices

  • Jugs: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Jugs: 50
  • Traps: 5
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Lake Keowee

Recreational Devices

  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Traps: 5
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Lakes Marion and Moultrie and the upper reach of the Santee River

Recreational Devices

  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines (hooks must have a gap or clearance between point and shank no greater than 7/16”): 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Traps: 25
  • Trotlines (hooks must have a gap or clearance between point and shank no greater than 7/16”): 3 lines with not more than 400 hooks on each line

Lake Murray

Recreational Devices

  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Traps: 5
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Lake Russell

Recreational Devices

  • Jugs: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Traps: 5
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Lake Secession

Recreational Devices

  • Jugs: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Traps: 5
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Lake Thurmond and Stevens Creek Reservoir

Recreational Devices

  • Jugs: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Traps: 5
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Lake Wateree

Recreational Devices

  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Traps: 5
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Lake Wylie

Recreational Devices

  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Traps: 5
  • Trotlines: 150 hooks maximum no more than 3 lines

Little Pee Dee River

Including Russ’s Creek and other navigable oxbows and sloughs.

Recreational Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 250 hooks maximum no more than 5 lines

Little Pee Dee River

Including Russ’s Creek and other navigable oxbows and sloughs.

* Beginning on July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015, below devices allowed with free special department issued tag, available through DNR offices in Columbia and Florence.

Recreational Devices

  • Hoop Nets: 1*
  • Traps: 2*

Commercial Devices

  • Hoop Nets: 25*
  • Traps: 25*

Little River

From Mars Bridge in McCormick County up to the confluence of Barkers Creek (Long Branch) and Corner Creek in Anderson County.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

Log Creek

Edgefield County.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

Long Cane Creek

McCormick County from above Patterson Bridge on SC Highway S-33-117 upstream to the SC Highway S-1-75 in Abbeville County.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

Louther’s Lake

Darlington County.

Recreational Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame gill nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50

Commercial Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame gill nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50

Lumber River

Recreational Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame gill nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame gill nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 5 lines with 250 hooks maximum

Lynches River

Includes Clarks Creek, Mill Creek and Muddy Creek.

Recreational Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 5 lines with 250 hooks maximum

Mulberry Creek

Greenwood County.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

New River

Recreational Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50

Commercial Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50

Pacolet River

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 3 lines with 150 hooks maximum

Rabon Creek

Laurens County.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

Reedy River

Recreational Devices

  • Seine from the Norfolk-Southern Railroad in Greenville County downstream to the backwaters of Lake Greenwood: 1
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 3 lines with 150 hooks maximum

Rocky River

Anderson County.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

Salkehatchie River

Recreational Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50

Commercial Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50

Saluda River

From SC Highway 183 in Greenville County to the backwaters of Lake Greenwood and on the Middle Reach of the Saluda River.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 3 lines with 150 hooks maximum

Saluda River, Lower Reach

Recreational Devices

  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Sampit River

Recreational Devices

  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Skimbow Nets: 1
  • Traps: 2

Commercial Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 25

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.

Recreational Devices

  • Eel Pots: 2
  • Skimbow Nets: 1
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Eel Pots: 75
  • Traps: 50
  • Trotlines: 5 lines with 250 hooks maximum

Savannah River

Lower reach to the saltwater/freshwater dividing line.

Recreational Devices

  • Eel Pots: 2
  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Eel Pots: 75
  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Hoop Nets: 10
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 40
  • Trotlines: 5 lines with 250 hooks maximum

Stevens Creek

From SC Highway S-19-53 upstream to the confluence of Hard Labor and Cuffytown Creeks.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

Thicketty Creek

Cherokee County.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

Tulifinny River

Recreational Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50

Commercial Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50

Turkey Creek

Edgefield and Greenwood counties.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

Tyger River

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 3 lines with 150 hooks maximum

Waccamaw River

Recreational Devices

  • Eel Pots downstream of the junction of Bull Creek to the saltwater/freshwater dividing line: 2
  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Skimbow Net: 1
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Eel Pots downstream of the junction of Bull Creek to the saltwater/freshwater dividing line: 2
  • Gill Nets: nongame nets in season
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Trotlines: 5 lines with 250 hooks maximum

Warrior Creek

Laurens County.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

Wateree River

Recreational Devices

  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 2
  • Trotlines: 1 line with 50 hooks maximum

Commercial Devices

  • Hoop Nets: 10
  • Set Hooks: 50
  • Traps: 40
  • Trotlines: 3 lines with 150 hooks maximum

Wilson Creek

Greenwood County from the confluence of Wilson Creek and Ninety-Six Creek upstream to US Hwy 25/US Hwy 178 in Greenwood County.

Recreational Devices

  • Seine: 1

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