Increases to SC fishing licenses occurring as of July 1

South Carolina News

Beginning July 1, licensing fees for saltwater anglers fishing in South Carolina will increase.

Resident, non-resident recreational anglers, and saltwater charter fishing vessel will be affected by this fee adjustment.

Part of a recent legislature addressing the overfishing of flounder, the license fee increase was signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster after being passed by state lawmakers. The legislature also introduces a stocking program aimed to restore the flounder population in the state.

For South Carolina residents, licensing fees will increase from $10 to $15 for an annual saltwater recreational fishing license. This increase brings South Carolina in line with Georgia’s $15 fee and North Carolina’s $16 fee.

Visit for a complete listing of fishing license costs.

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