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Creel Limits

Creel Limits for the Santee Cooper Lakes System

Game Fish:  A total of 40 game fish may be kept in any one day.  This total shall not exceed more than the limits or exceptions listed below.

Smallmouth Bass: No more than 5 fish combined total per day of smallmouth, largemouth, redeye, spotted bass or their hybrids. 12-inch size limit.Largemouth Bass: 14 inch size limit.No more than 5 fish combined total per day of smallmouth, largemouth, redeye, spotted bass or their hybrids.

Bream: (including bluegill, flier, warmouth, pumpkinseed & redear, green sunfish & spotted sunfish), white bass, chain pickerel or jackfish, redfin pike, yellow perch:  30 fish per person per day.

Crappie: 8 inch size limit, 20 fish per person per day

Arkansas Blue Catfish:  Daily possession limit of not more than 25 fish. Also unlawful to possess more than two fish greater than 32 inches.

Striped Bass: 

June 1 – September 30
• No possession

October 1 – May 31
• Limit: 3 Striped Bass per day
• 26 inch minimum length
• Fish must be landed with head & tail intact