Lake Russell Regulations
General Fishing Regulations
Game Freshwater Fishing Regulations
Nongame Freshwater Fishing Regulations
Specific Regulations for Lake Russell
- Jug fishing is legal only in Lakes Greenwood, Secession, Richard B. Russell, Thurmond, and Stevens Creek. Licensee’s name and address must be clearly marked on each jug. A permit is required to fish 3 to 50 jugs (50 jug limit). A permit is not required for 2 jugs with a valid state fishing license. A jug permit is not required for residents assisting jug permit holders. Jugs must be removed from the water before one hour after official sunrise each day and not replaced prior to one hour before official sunset.
- Lakes Hartwell, Keowee, Russell (including the Lake Hartwell tailwater), Robinson (Greenville County), Thurmond, Tugaloo, Yonah, Stevens Creek Reservoir, the Chattooga, and Savannah Rivers—no largemouth bass less than 12 inches in total length.
- On Lakes Hartwell, Russell (including the Lake Hartwell tailwater), Thurmond, Tugaloo and Yonah; the Chattooga and Savannah Rivers; and Stevens Creek Reservoir—there is no length limit on smallmouth bass.
- On Lakes Hartwell, Keowee, Russell (including the Lake Hartwell tailwater), Thurmond, Tugaloo, Yonah, the Chattooga and Savannah Rivers and Stevens Creek Reservoir—10 fish combined total per person per day of any black bass species (largemouth, smallmouth, redeye or spotted bass).
- On Lake Richard B. Russell and the Lake Hartwell tailwater it is unlawful to possess more than two striped bass or hybrid bass or a combination of those a day, and only one may be over 34 inches total length.
- Allowable Nongame Devices (Marking of Nongame Devices)
||Recreational License only
||1 line with 50 hooks maximum
||3 lines with 150 hooks maximum