South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed the new Palmetto State Plaice Act on June 15, 2021. The new law, which will come into force on July 1, 2021, changes the minimum size plaice must have to be harvested. In addition, a reduction in the daily limit at the door is requested. Licence fees for saltwater fishing will also be increased for residents, non-residents and chartered vessels. At least five dollars from each licence sale will be used to fund a plaice seeding program. As of July 1, the minimum plaice size in South Carolina waters is a total length of 16 inches. The door limit is five plaices per person per day, no more than 10 plaice per day in a boat. Harvesting and keeping migratory pelagic species on the coast by professional and recreational fishers is limited to limiting recreational pockets within Special Management Areas. For more information about SMZ, see “Special Information” (General Information). All species in this section must be landed with their head and tail intact. Current fishing regulations are available on the NRDSS website at Charter vessels carrying up to six passengers pay an annual fee of $275 for residents and $550 for non-residents.

These species are also managed by the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Board (SAMC) in federal waters. Regulations are subject to change. Please contact the CFMAS at 843-571-4366 or for the latest regulations for these species. A Lexington man was sentenced to jail in a boating accident that killed two people in August 2020, a case the SCDNR investigated. […] In the lower Savannah River: 2 per person per day No closing season for recreational hook and line harvesting; For all other gear, seasons as for commercial harvesting. 1 per person per day and not more than 3 per vessel per day in state waters south of 032° 31.0` N from May 1 to May 31 in state waters south of latitude 032° 31.0` N (Jeremy Inlet, Edisto Island) In federal waters and all other state waters. AIW = Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway; State waters extend from the saltwater-freshwater boundary line to the 3-mile limit. Federal waters extend from the 3-mile limit to 200 miles offshore (international waters).

To learn more about South Carolina`s saltwater fishing regulations, check out the Fish Rules app at Prohibited possession: June 16 – June 30 September, except in the lower Savannah River (2 per person per day year-round; see freshwater fish size and ownership restrictions for details.) TL = total length, FL = fork length; See General information for more information on measuring a fish. An operator or crew member on board a rental vessel or merchant vessel must have a valid operator card when fishing on Dolphin/Wahoo. Saltwater catfish (hard-headed catfish with gafftop sail).