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Fishing Myrtle Beach: The Rules on Fishing Licenses

When you’re visiting Myrtle Beach and staying at Bay View Resort, there are so many fun activities to do, your days will be packed full. But many visitors to the Grand Strand wouldn’t even consider a vacation complete without some time on the line, either fishing from a pier, from shore or from a boat.

Of course, you’ll want to stay on the right side of the law when it comes to fishing licenses, lest you end up souring your vacation fun with a fine. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is a great asset for information on the topic of fishing licenses.


The SCDNR’s Frequently Asked Questions page on the topic of saltwater fishing licenses outlines regulations on a number of issues relevant to Myrtle Beach visitors, including the following:

Q: When do I need a saltwater recreational fishing license?

A: Anyone 16 years old or older who is fishing from shore, boat, private dock, free public dock or while wading requires a license. This includes fishing with a cast net, seine net, and a commercial style crab trap (two traps per person recreational limit).

Most of the fishing piers in Myrtle Beach, including the 2nd Avenue Pier, which is just a short walk from Bay View Resort, charge a small fishing fee that excludes you from having to pay for a license.

Also, if you charter a boat for a fishing trip, you are not required to get a fishing license. However, if you bring your own boat or borrow one from a friend, you are required to buy an annual pass, which is currently priced at $35 for one year for non-South Carolina residents and $10 for in-state residents.


If you plan to go fishing on one of our area rivers or lakes, it’s also smart to educate yourself on the freshwater fishing regulations that went into effect in 2012. The DNR website outlaws a number of regulations on both game and nongame freshwater fishing, including limits, the number of devices that may be used by any fisherman at the same time, seasons and methods such as trapping and seining.

Where to purchase

Your fishing license can be purchased online, but if you need help figuring out what you need, you can call DNR customer service at 1-866-714-3611.

Also keep in mind another great local resource: the staff at our local Myrtle Beach piers and bait shops are also very knowledgeable, so don’t be afraid to stop in at one and ask for help!

Posted 4/7/13

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