Blueback Herring, American & Hickory Shad

Recreational (unlawful to sell catch)

Trolling for ShadPossession Limits

Shad: 10 shad per person per day except in Santee River and Rediversion Canal (20 per person per day)

Herring: 1 U.S. bushel of herring per person per day.  Herring fishery closed in the Savannah River seaward of the Augusta Diversion Dam  and in all rivers in the Winyah Bay River System (which includes all waters of Winyah Bay east of a line running south from the southern tip of North Island to the eastern tip of Sand Island, and extending to the mouths of the Sampit, Great Pee Dee, and Waccamaw Rivers) except for the Great Pee Dee River.

Gear Type: Hook and line, cast nets or skimbow nets

Freshwater

Saltwater/Freshwater Dividing Line

Except as otherwise stated, the freshwater/saltwater dividing line is U.S. Highway 17. The Freshwater/Saltwater dividing line as depicted is an approximation of the line described in South Carolina Code Section 50-5-80.



Gear Type: Shad gill net or herring gill net

Shad Gill Net Herring Gill Net
A gill net used for taking or attempting to take shad in the inshore salt waters must have a stretched mesh size of no smaller than five and one-half inches and a length not exceeding nine hundred feet. A gill net used for shad in the freshwaters must have a stretched mesh size of no smaller than five and one-half inches and be no longer than six hundred feet. Gill nets for taking shad may be freely drift fished or set. A gill net used for taking or attempting to take herring in the salt waters of this State must have a mesh size of two and one-half inches stretched and a length no greater than nine hundred feet. A gill net used for taking or attempting to take herring in freshwaters must have a stretched mesh of two and one-half inches stretched and a length no greater than six hundred feet.

Recreational License Requirements

Commercial (selling your catch)

Possession Limits

Shad: No limits, however there are restrictions by area and gear.
Herring: 10 bushels per boat per day and restricted by area. Herring fishery closed in the Savannah River Seaward of the Augusta Diversion Dam and in all rivers in the Winyah Bay system (which includes all waters of Winyah Bay east of a line running south from the southern tip of North Island to the eastern tip of Sand Island, and extending to the mouths of the Sampit, Great Pee Dee, and Waccamaw Rivers) except for the Great Pee Dee River.

Gear Type: Cast nets

Gear Type: Shad gill net or herring gill net

Commercial License Requirements

Summary of Laws

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