1. This rule and regulation regulates the
taking of eels in the following waters of this State: In Lake Marion, Lake
Moultrie, the Diversion Canal connecting the lakes and the Tail Canal down to
the Seabord Coastal Railroad Bridge located three thousand three hundred
(3,300') feet downstream from the lock and deck of the Jeffries Hydro
2. There shall be no limit
on the number of eels taken.
persons actively engaged in the taking of eels in such waters are required to
have a valid S. C. statewide fishing license as provided for under Section
Eels may be taken legally from those
waters subject to this rule and regulation only with the following equipment
Pots and baskets not to exceed
two (2') feet in diameter and four (4') feet in length with bar mesh of not
less than one (1"') inch square. Each such pot or basket shall be tagged and
marked in accordance with the provisions of Sections 50-19-2910 and 50-19-2920,
with the cost of each such tag being one ($1.00) dollar.
Provided, that no pots or baskets may be set or used in the
Tail Canal and the tributaries thereto; and no pots or baskets shall be allowed
to be set or used within one-quarter ( 1/4 ) of a mile of shore in Lake Marion
and Lake Moultrie.
operated dip nets not to exceed two (2') feet in diameter.
5. Those types of equipment and gear
authorized for use in taking eels from such waters shall be used only where
fishing is legal; and any eel basket, pot or dip net which is used in any
manner in violation of this rule and regulation, and any device or equipment
which is used in such waters for the taking of eels which is not authorized
herein, shall be confiscated by the S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources
Department; and the Department shall dispose of such equipment and any catch
found therein in the manner it deems appropriate.
6. Any game fish taken by use of eel pots,
baskets or dip nets in such waters shall be returned immediately to the waters
from whence they came.
7. All of
the provisions of this rule and regulation shall be applicable in full to the
taking of catfish from such waters.
8. The penalty for the violation of this Rule
and Regulation shall be that prescribed by Section