Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Georgia and South Carolina currently have a reciprocal fishing license agreement that allows anglers to fish on border waters and shorelines with a valid fishing license from either state. However, as a result of South Carolina’s revised fishing laws, a new agreement has been developed with public input.
Changes will affect border waters, from the Chattooga River to Lake Hartwell and downstream waters such as lakes Russell and Clarks Hill, and the Savannah River.
GEORGIA SPORTFISH REGULATIONS: GEORGIA-SOUTH CAROLINA BORDER WATERS
|Species||Waters||Possession Limit||Size Limit|
|Striped bass or hybrid bass or combination||Lakes Hartwell and Clarks Hill||10||only 3 may be over 26 inches||NEW|
|Striped bass or hybrid bass or combination||Lake Russell||2||only 1 may be over 34 inches|
|Striped bass or hybrid bass, white bass or combination||Savannah River downstream of Clarks Hill dam||2||27-inch minimum length limit|
|White bass||water bodies upstream of Clarks Hill dam||10||no size limit||NEW|
|Trout||All border waters listed*||5||no size limit||NEW|
|Bass (largemouth, spotted, redeye, smallmouth, or combination)||All waters||10||12-inch minimum length for largemouth bass|
|Walleye or Sauger or combination||All waters||8|
|Bream (all species)*||Georgia waters||40||NEW|
|*aggregate of all game fish (does not include catfish)||All border waters listed*||40|
*BORDER WATERS: On the banks and in the waters of all channels of the Savannah River from its mouth to the junction of the Tugaloo (Toogaloo) and Seneca Rivers; the Tugaloo River from its mouth to the junction of the Tugaloo and Chattooga Rivers; and the Chattooga River to the North Carolina state line (35th parallel of North latitude at Ellicott’s Rock). This agreement also applies to all the waters and banks of Clarks Hill Reservoir (Strom Thurmond), Richard B. Russell Reservoir, Hartwell Reservoir, Yonah Lake, Tugaloo (Toogaloo) Lake, the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, and Stevens Creek Lake (except that portion on the Stevens Creek arm upstream of South Carolina Hwy 53). The agreement does not apply to any flowing portions of tributary streams to these impoundments nor to tributary streams of the Savannah, Tugaloo and Chattooga Rivers.
South Carolina regulations differ for: