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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.