Nongame Device - Minnow Trap


A cylindrical device not longer than 24 inches and no more than 30 inches in circumference or a rectangular device not larger than 24 inches long, 8 inches high, and 9 inches wide. The mesh must be no smaller than 1/4 inch bar mesh. The throat opening of the funnel of the trap may not exceed 1 inch in diameter.

All minnow traps must be marked with the user's name and customer ID number.

A minnow trap may be fished with a recreational license only, with a limit of 5 for each person, and must not be fished for commercial purposes.

Where can the device be used:

All freshwater except SCDNR managed state lakes.

License Requirements:

Recreational fishing license only with a limit of 5 per person. No commercial minnow traps allowed.

Additional tags and permits required:



No closed season.

Photograph of Minnow Trap