Nongame Device - Set hook
A single hook and line set in or along any of the waters of this State used to catch fish while attached to bushes, limbs, vines, undergrowth or other parts of vegetation, set poles, pegs, sticks, or similar structures. Set hooks include all similar hook and line devices by whatever name called.
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 up to 50 hooks subjective to body of water (unless selling your catch then a commercial license is needed). Purchase license online
- Commercial fishing license (Adobe PDF file) when fishing up to 50 hooks and selling your catch.
Additional tags and permits required:
A set hook permit is required. Nongame Fish Tag & Permit Application (Adobe - PDF)
Hours / Seasons:
Must be removed from the water and from the vegetation or structure to which they are attached not later than one hour after official sunrise each day and must not be placed in the water earlier than one hour before official sunset.
Must be marked with name and customer ID number (See DNR issued fishing license).
No game fish (except bream, excluding redbreast, cut into two or more equal parts), live bait or any bait other than bait listed below shall be used with trotlines, set hooks and jugs: soap, doughballs, nongame fish or bream, excluding redbreast, cut into two or more equal parts, shrimp, grapes or meat scraps (which may not include insects, worms and other invertebrates). When using game fish as bait to catch fish recreationally they must be included in the daily creel limit.
- On the Black, Edisto, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee, Lumber, Lynches (including Clarks, Mill and Muddy Creeks), Sampit and Waccamaw Rivers, live nongame fish and bream, excluding redbreast, may be used with single-barbed set hooks that have a shank-to-point gap of fifteen-sixteenths inches or greater. However, it is unlawful for a person to have in possession more than the lawful creel limit of bream while fishing with nongame devices on these rivers.
Except for bait lost while fishing, it is unlawful to intentionally release any aquatic species, including bait, regardless of the stage of its life cycle, into the waters of this State without a permit from the SCDNR.
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