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Bill Number: 2869 Ratification Number: 211 Act Number 125 Introducing Body: House Subject: Daily limit on trout
(A125, R211, H2869)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-13-250, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DAILY LIMIT ON TROUT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE WILDLIFE AND MARINE RESOURCES DEPARTMENT MAY PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO REGULATE TROUT FISHING IN PORTIONS OF MATTHEWS CREEK, MIDDLE SALUDA RIVER, EASTATOE RIVER, WHITEWATER RIVER AND LAKE JOCASSEE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Limits on taking trout
SECTION 1. Section 50-13-250 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 50-13-250. Not more than ten trout may be taken from the freshwater streams of the State in any one day except for that portion of Matthews Creek and Middle Saluda River which lies in Greenville County, Eastatoe River in Pickens County, Whitewater River in Oconee County, and Lake Jocassee in Oconee and Pickens Counties. The department may promulgate regulations to establish creel and possession limits, bait limitations, and for any other purposes to protect the trout fishery. As used in this section the word 'trout' means rainbow, brook, brown, or other species of cold-water trout and does not mean freshwater bass."
Trout fishing regulations
SECTION 2. From the effective date of this act until the regulations authorized by Section 50-13-250 are promulgated:
"(1) In that portion of Matthews Creek and Middle Saluda River which lies in Greenville County, Eastatoe River in Pickens County, and Whitewater River in Oconee County not more than seven trout may be taken or held in possession by any one person in any one day and trout may be taken only with artificial lures.
(2) On Lake Jocassee in Oconee and Pickens Counties not more than seven trout may be taken or held in possession by a person on any one day and the use of corn, cheese, fish eggs or imitations of them as bait to take trout is unlawful."
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.