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.

Photograph of Hoop Net

Where can the device be used:

Only allowed in designated areas.

License Requirements:

Additional tags and permits required:

A hoop net tag is required. Nongame Fish Tag & Permit Application (Adobe PDF file)

Hours / Seasons:

No closed season.

Marking required:

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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