Nongame Device - Eel Pots
Pots no larger than 24 inches by 48 inches and constructed of wire with a mesh size no smaller than 1/2 by 1/2 inch, except for the throat or muzzle and the end opposite the throat or muzzle. The throat opening shall not exceed 2 inches measured in any direction. (Permit required, call 843-953-9311)
A tag is required for each eel pot. A permit is required for the harvest of eels in both freshwater and saltwater. Eel pots may be suspended in water at a depth which does not create a hazard to watercraft. No eel pot shall be placed within 100 feet of the mouth of any tributary stream. No crab pot or trap of like design may be used in the freshwaters of this state.
No closed season.
- No nongame fishing devices of any kind may be used in SCDNR State Managed Lakes.
- Recreational fishing license when fishing not more than 2 eel pots.
- Commercial fishing license (PDF) when fishing 3 or more eel pots.
A fishing license is required of all persons who fish nongame fishing devices. Some devices are not permitted on certain waters.
- Nongame Device Limits by Location for recreational fishing
- Nongame Device Limits by Location for commercial fishing
Additional tags and permits required: