Overview

Agreements with bordering states allow holders of Georgia fishing licenses to fish in the waters covered without obtaining a fishing license from the bordering state.

Note: Regulations under these agreements may differ from Georgia’s general laws and regulations. If this is the case, the laws and regulations of the agreement explained in this section are to be followed.

Alabama

Waters Covered: You can enjoy fishing on the banks and waters of the Chattahoochee River forming the boundary between Georgia and Alabama, as well as Lakes Bartletts Ferry (Harding), George W. Andrews, Goat Rock, Oliver, Seminole, Walter F. George (Eufaula), and West Point. Note that some areas are excluded from this agreement.

Licenses: Anglers meeting Georgia or Alabama's sport fishing requirements can fish without needing an additional license.

Minimum Length Limits: Pay attention to the minimum length limits for largemouth bass in specific lakes like West Point and Walter F. George.

Creel and Possession Limits: All creel and possession limits are aligned with Georgia's statewide regulations.

Note: Using live blueback herring for bait in Alabama waters covered by this agreement is prohibited.

South Carolina

Waters Covered: This agreement encompasses various rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, including the Savannah River, Tugaloo River, Chattooga River, Clarks Hill Reservoir (Strom Thurmond), Richard B. Russell Reservoir, Hartwell Reservoir, Yonah Lake, Tugaloo (Toogaloo) Lake, the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, and Stevens Creek Lake. However, some tributaries and streams are excluded.

Licenses: Anglers adhering to Georgia or South Carolina's freshwater license requirements can fish in the covered areas without obtaining an additional license.

Length, Creel, and Possession Limits: Refer to the Georgia-South Carolina chart for specifics on length, creel, and possession limits in the border waters covered by this agreement.

General Notes: If you're using baskets, jugs, minnow seines, trot lines, or other set hooks in these waters, you must comply with the respective state's laws and regulations.

Florida

Waters Covered: In Florida, the agreement applies to the St. Mary's River (excluding tributaries) and Lake Seminole, with specific boundaries outlined.

Licenses: Anglers with valid fishing licenses and permits required by Georgia or Florida can fish for freshwater fish in the covered waters.

Creel and Possession Limits: Different limits apply to striped bass, white bass, and hybrid white-striped bass on the St. Mary's River. For other species, Georgia's statewide creel and possession limits prevail.

Note: Ensure you follow the fishing regulations of the state you're in while fishing in Lake Seminole or the St. Mary's River, as laws differ on either side.

North Carolina

Waters Covered: This agreement pertains to Lake Chatuge and its tributary branches accessible by boat from the main body of the reservoir, which span Georgia and North Carolina.

Licenses: Holders of valid Georgia or North Carolina fishing licenses can fish with hook and line in Lake Chatuge from boats. However, anchoring boats to shores, piers, or docks is not allowed.

Additional Exemptions: Senior citizen and youth license exemptions authorized by either state are honored by both states on Lake Chatuge.

Regulations: Fishing regulations of the respective states apply to their portions of Lake Chatuge.

Georgia - South Carolina Border Waters Reciprocal Agreement

SPECIES

WATER BODY

POSSESSION LIMIT

SIZE LIMIT

Species Water Body Possession Limit Size Limit
Striped bass, hybrid bass, or combination Lakes Hartwell and Clarks Hill 10 Only 3 may be over 26 inches
Striped bass, hybrid bass, or combination Lake Russell 2 Only 1 may be over 34 inches
Striped bass, hybrid bass, white bass, or combination Savannah River downstream of Clarks Hill dam 2 27-inch minimum length limit
White bass All border waters except Savannah River downstream of Clarks Hill dam 10 No size limit
Trout All border waters covered 5 No size limit
Bass (largemouth, spotted, redeye, smallmouth, or combination) All border waters covered 10 12-inch minimum length for largemouth bass
Walleye or Sauger or combination All border waters covered 8 No size limit
Aggregate of all game fish (excluding catfish) All border waters covered 40 All other laws and regulations of Georgia apply in the Georgia portion of waters covered by this agreement.

Please note that regulations may change over time, so it's important to check the most current fishing regulations provided by the respective state's Department of Natural Resources before fishing in border waters between Georgia and South Carolina.

 

 

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