Governor signs new largemouth bass regulations
for Lakes Marion, Moultrie and upper Santee River
The recent session of the South Carolina General Assembly produced changes to largemouth bass statutes in the Santee Cooper lakes area. The change to possession limits and length limits for largemouth bass harvested on Lakes Marion, Moultrie and the upper Santee River became effective on March 31, 2010 upon signature of the Governor.
The newly adopted statute changes the largemouth bass length limit to 14 inches. All largemouth must be landed with head and tail intact. The possession limit has been decreased to five (5) largemouth bass per angler.
The statute defines Lake Marion as all waters impounded by the Lake Marion dam, including flooded backwater areas of Calhoun and Sumter counties. Lake Moultrie has been defined as all waters between the Pinopolis Dam and St. Stephen Dam. This includes the diversion canal and rediversion canal upstream of the St. Stephen Dam. Waters of the Santee River from the upstream confluence of the Congaree and Wateree Rivers to the backwaters of Lake Marion at the railroad trestle bridge near Rimini are also covered under this statute.
The changes to the possession and size limits will promote the long term health of the largemouth bass population and allow for equitable allocation of the fishery resource to recreational anglers in the region.
Check the S.C. Department of Natural Resources website for more information on freshwater fishing regulations and where to purchase your South Carolina Fishing License.
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