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Welcome to 2021-22 South Carolina Fishing

What’s New - Freshwater Fishing

Act 16 (H.3548)

Nongame Fishing Devices – Repeal of Prohibition on Possessing Game Devices

This Act repeals the prohibition on possessing game fishing devices while possessing or using nongame devices. It is still unlawful to possess game fish, other than live bream where permitted as live bait, while using or possessing nongame devices.

Effective 07/01/21

Act 40 (S.36)

Blue Catfish Size and Catch Limits

It is now unlawful to possess more than two blue catfish greater than 32 inches in any one day in all state waterways. It is also unlawful to take more than 25 blue catfish per day in all state waterways.

Effective 06/17/21

Act 57 (S.545)

Nongame Fishing Devices – Santee River, Congaree River, Wateree River

This Act allows for the use of set hooks within a certain portion of the Santee River (from 33°27’15”, 80°08’30”, seaward to the saltwater-freshwater dividing line) where it was previously unlawful. The Act also prohibits the use of hoop nets on the Congaree River, and allows for the use of up to 10 hoop nets on the Wateree River with a commercial license.

Effective 05/17/21

Saltwater Fishing

Act 91 (H.3957)

Flounder Size and Catch Limits

The new catch limits for flounder are five per person per day, not to exceed ten per boat per day. The minimum size has increased from 15 inches to 16 inches. License fees for recreational saltwater licenses have also been increased. These can be found on Licenses & Fees of this publication.

Effective 07/01/21


Act 12 (H.3549)

Electronic Display of Licenses / Privileges

This Act clarifies that a person may provide proof of a license, permit, or stamp by use of a mobile electronic device in a format prescribed by the department.

Effective 07/01/21

Act 71 (H.3539)

Identification of Swine Transported on Roads

Requires that live swine being transported on public roads or waterways have an official form of identification approved by the State veterinarian or a document such as a receipt, bill of sale, or similar document showing the quantity of swine being transported and the name of the producer or dealer from whom the live swine were purchased or received. Live swine transported without identification are presumed to have been taken from the wild and in violation of 50-16-25.

Effective 05/17/21