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Temperate Bass Identification

Hunting Regulations Icon South Carolina Hunting & Fishing

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.

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.

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.

Game Fish Size & Possession Limits Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout

• 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

Bait & Tackle Restrictions

Statewide except the water bodies listed below: Any length 5 None
Waters on Georgia Border Any length 5 None
Chauga River (SC Hwy 290 [Cassidy Bridge Road] upstream to Bone Camp Creek) Any length Nov. 1 – May 14: Catch and Release only Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
May 15 – Oct. 31: 5 None
Chattooga River (Hwy 28 to Reed Creek) Any length Nov. 1 – May 14: Catch and Release only Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
May 15 – Oct. 31: 5 None
Cheohee Creek Any length 5 None
Cheohee Creek (portion that runs through the Piedmont Forestry Center) Open Mon, Wed, Sat or as posted Any length Nov. 1 – May 14: Catch and Release only Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures
May 15 – Oct. 31: 5 None
Corbin Creek (from confluence with Howard Creek upstream to SC Hwy 130) Any length Nov. 1 – May 14: Catch and Release only Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
May 15 – Oct. 31: 5 None
Devils Fork Creek Any length Nov. 1 – May 14: Catch and Release only Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
May 15 – Oct. 31: 5 None
Eastatoe Creek (Keowee to Roy Jones Road) Any length Nov. 1 – May 14: Catch and Release only Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
May 15 – Oct. 31: 5 None
Eastatoe Creek (portion on Eastatoe River Heritage Preserve) Any length 5 Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except artificial lures.
Howard Creek (from confluence with Corbin Creek upstream to confluence with Limberpole Creek) Any length Nov. 1 – May 14: Catch and Release only Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures.
May 15 – Oct. 31: 5 None
Lower Saluda River (All waters of Saluda River from confluence with Broad River upstream to Lake Murray Dam) Only 1 fish may be more than 16 inches 5 None
Lower Saluda River from the east bound I-20 bridge downstream to Stacey’s Ledge Catch and
Release Only
Catch and Release Only None
Matthews Creek (from Asbury Drive Bridge at Asbury Methodist Camp upstream including all tributaries and headwaters) Any length 5 Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except artificial lures.
Matthews Creek (downstream from Asbury Drive Bridge at Asbury Methodist Camp downstream to the confluence with South Saluda River ) Any length 5 None
Middle Saluda (from the foot bridge at Jones Gap State Park Office upstream to US Hwy 276 in Greenville County) Any length 5 Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except artificial lures.
Middle Saluda (from Hugh Smith Road Bridge upstream to the foot-bridge at Jones Gap State Park) Open Mon, Wed, Sat Any length Catch and Release only Lawful to use or possess only artificial lures with single hooks.
Whitewater River (Oconee County) Any length 5 Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except artificial lures.
Lake Jocassee Oct. 1 – May 31: 15 inches, but only 1 fish more than 20 inches 3 Unlawful to use or possess corn, cheese, fish eggs or imitations of them.
Jun. 1 – Sept. 30: Any length Unlawful to take, attempt to take, or possess more than 3
Lake Russell Any length 5 None

What is an Artificial Lure?

Artificial lure: means manufactured or handmade flies, spinners, plugs, spoons, and reproductions of live animals, which are made completely of natural or colored wood, cork, feathers, hair, rubber, metal, plastic, tinsel, styrofoam, sponge, or string, or any combination of these materials, in imitation of or as substitute for natural bait. Lures or fish eggs enhanced with scents or salts are not artificial lures. Artificially produced organic baits are not artificial lures.