Lower Saluda River Trout Study

How to Report a Tagged Trout?

Trout Fish TagAnglers have many options to return tag information to SCDNR, whether you keep the fish or release it. At several locations along the Lower Saluda River you will find black tag return drop boxes. At each tag return drop box are pre-addressed tag return envelopes. Please place the clipped tag in the envelope, complete all necessary information on the outside of the envelope, and return it to SCDNR via the drop box or US Postal Service. If you are not near a box, you can download the trout study data sheet online (Adobe PDF) and mail it with the fish tag to SCDNR at:

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Attn: Ron Ahle, Region 3 Fisheries Biologist
2726 Fish Hatchery Road
West Columbia, SC 29172

Plan on releasing your fish?

If you plan to practice catch and release fishing, tag information can still be returned to SCDNR in the same manner as above simply by (1) clipping the tag before releasing the fish or (2) recording the tag number and releasing fish with tag intact. Be sure that you never rip a tag from a fish to be released, as this will likely cause damage to the fish that could result in unnecessary fishing mortality.

If you have any questions about reporting a tag, please call Region 3 Fisheries at

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