Nongame Device - Hoop Nets
Nets made of textile netting (no wire) of a mesh size between 1 and 2 inches square enclosing a series of round hoops with two or more muzzle openings made of a netting material. One side of the hoops must be flat to hold the nets in place. The maximum size net allowed is 16 feet in length and by 5 ½ diameter. A hoop net may be used or possessed where it is authorized. A hoop net must rest on the bottom of the body of water in which it is used and must not be suspended above the bottom. A hoop net must not be used within one hundred feet of the mouth of any tributary.
Where can the device be used:
Only allowed in designated areas.
- Nongame Device Limits by Location for recreational fishing
- Nongame Device Limits by Location for commercial fishing
- Recreational fishing license when fishing 1 hoop net (unless selling your catch then a commercial license is needed). Purchase license online
- Commercial fishing license (Adobe PDF file) when fishing 2 or more hoop nets.
Additional tags and permits required:
A hoop net tag is required. Nongame Fish Tag & Permit Application (Adobe PDF file)
Hours / Seasons:
No closed season.
Hoop nets must be marked with a white floating marker with a minimum capacity of one quart and a maximum capacity of one gallon and must be made of solid, buoyant material which does not sink if punctured or cracked. The floating markers must be constructed of plastic, PVC Spongex, plastic foam or cork. No hollow buoys or floats including plastic, metal or glass bottles or jugs may be used except manufactured buoys or floats specifically designed for use with nongame fishing devices; these may be hollow if constructed of heavy duty plastic material and approved by the SCDNR. The owner's name and department customer identification number must be legible on each of the white floating marker. Both commercial and recreational fishermen shall comply with provisions of this title pertaining to the marking and use of a nongame fishing device.
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