South Carolina ranks as one of the top ten states to fish in the US. With both fresh and saltwater options + plenty of fish species, it’s easy to understand why. But before you head to Lake Murray, be sure you’ve got your fishing license.
How to get a license
Have your social security number handy. Residents of South Carolina must also provide proof of residency.
Resident licenses fees
Choose the kind of license you want based on type and duration. Here’s just a few:
- Freshwater license: $5 for 14 days, $10 for a year, $30 for three years
- Saltwater license: $10 for 14 days, $15 for a year, $45 for three years
- Combination freshwater fishing and hunting: $25 for a year, $75 for three years
- Disability license: No cost
For more license types (think: commercial + public fishing pier) head to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Apply for a license here.
Visiting from out of state? Welcome to the fishing party. Here are the main types of licenses for out-of-towners:
- Freshwater license: $11 for 14 days, $35 for a year, $105 for three years
- Saltwater license: $10 for one day, $35 for seven days, $75 for a year
Check out more nonresident license types online.
You’ve got your license… now what? Check out SCDNR’s fishing regulations, popular species, and frequently asked questions before heading out to the water.