Regulations - Species Limits, Possession, Size

Striped Bass

Regulations

Striped bass

A total of 40 game fish may be kept in any one day. This total shall not exceed more than the limits or exceptions listed below. Any game fish or species with a size limit listed must be landed with head and tail fin intact. All freshwater fish species in the state of South Carolina are measured using total length. Special limits and regulations apply to SCDNR managed lakes.

Game fish must be landed with head and tail fin intact.

Check with state parks, city reservoirs or county parks for special limits and regulations that apply to those areas.

Water Body Fish Size Limit Possession Limit
(per person perday)
Statewide except the Savannah River White Bass None 10
Statewide except the water bodies list below: Striped Bass None 10
Ashepoo River; Ashley River; Back River in Jasper County and the Back River in Berkeley County; Black River; Black Mingo Creek; Bull Creek and Little Bull Creek; Combahee River; Cooper River system; Coosawhatchie River; Cuckholds Creek; Edisto River; Horseshoe Creek; Lumber River; Lynches River; Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers; Pocotaligo in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties; Salkehatchie and Little Salkehatchie Rivers; Sampit River; Santee River system; Tulifinny River; Thoroughfare Creek; and Waccamaw Striped Bass Oct. 1 - May 31: 21 inches 3
Jun. 1 - Sept. 30: closed except catch and release on the Lower Saluda River
Lake Murray Striped Bass Oct. 1 - May 31: 21 inches Jun. 1- Sept. 30: any length
5 Unlawful to take, attempt to take, or possess more than 5
Saluda River (Middle Reach)
All waters of Saluda River from backwaters of Lake Murray at SC Hwy 395 upstream to Lake Greenwood Dam
Striped Bass Oct. 1 - May 31: 21 inches Jun. 1- Sept. 30: any length
5 Unlawful to take, attempt to take, or possess more than 5
Saluda River (Lower Reach)
All waters of Saluda River from confluence with Broad River upstream to Lake Murray Dam
Striped Bass Oct. 1 - May 31: 26 inches Jun. 1 - Sept. 30: any length
3 Catch and release only
Lake Russell Striped & Hybrid Bass or a combination   2
Savannah River (Lower)
All waters of Savannah River from its confluence with the Atlantic Ocean upstream to the Lake J. Strom Thurmond Dam
Striped, Hybrid & White Bass or a combination   2
Lake Hartwell and Lake Thurmond Striped, Hybrid & White Bass or a combination   10
Lake Hartwell tailwater Striped, Hybrid & White Bass or a combination Only 1 fish over 34 inches 2