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Trout Limits

Hunting Regulations Icon South Carolina Hunting & Fishing

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 Only 1 fish may be more than 16 inches 5 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

Coldwater Trout

Brook Trout

RainbowTrout

Brown Trout