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. The maximum size net allowed is 16 feet by 5-1/2 feet. Hoop nets must be marked with a white floating marker.
A hoop net may be used or possessed in the freshwaters where its use 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 (100) feet of the mouth of any tributary stream. Use or possession of a hoop net at any place or time other than those prescribed is unlawful.
No closed season.
- Commercial fishing license (PDF) when fishing 2 or more hoop nets.
- Recreational fishing license held by persons 65 years and older when fishing 1 hoop net on the Wateree only (unless selling your catch then a commercial license is needed). Purchase license online
A fishing license is required of all persons who fish nongame fishing devices. Some devices are not permitted on certain waters.
- No nongame fishing devices of any kind may be used in SCDNR State Managed Lakes.
- Nongame Device Limits by Location for recreational fishing
- Nongame Device Limits by Location for commercial fishing
Additional tags and permits required: