Are goldfish illegal to use as bait in South Carolina?

Discussion in 'SOUTH CAROLINA RIVERS TALK' started by wylie catter, May 15, 2006.

  1. wylie catter

    wylie catter Member

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    I mainly fish Lake Wylie and I know a lot of people who use goldfish as bait,But I've heard that it's illegal. Does anybody here know for sure?
     
  2. RiverratSC

    RiverratSC Active Member

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    I called SCDNR and they told to read the Rules and Regulations book. So told them I did and thats why I call they sent me in a circle and nobody would say yes or no. I asked a Warden he didn't know for sure either. I know several bait shops sell "Black Salties" now so I guess if you can sell them you can fish with them to.

    It pissed me off to call and waste 45 minutes and nobody could get me a straight answer.
     

  3. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    It is illegal to release non-native fish into SC waters.

    So, as long as they don't get off the hook, it is legal!!!
     
  4. wylie catter

    wylie catter Member

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    Thanks, I appreciate the info. When I try them I guess I'll just have to make sure they stay on my hook. LOL.
     
  5. RiverratSC

    RiverratSC Active Member

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    A lot of bait shops in this area are carrying "Black Salties" which look like goldfish but they're gray.
     
  6. flathead willie

    flathead willie Well-Known Member

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    If it comes off your hook, how are they gonna know you released it? they used to have a law like that here in Virginia but now it is legal. I think they figured out that they won't last long in the water.