Lake Murray, SC


Lake Murray covers approximately 50,000 acres of land and 650 miles of shoreline. It is 41 miles long and 14 miles wide at its widest point and at 190 feet at its deepest point.

Fishing License Regulations

All fisherman above the age of 16 must have a valid South Carolina Fishing license to fish at Lake Murray. Fish licenses can be bought at tackle shops, sporting goods stores, marinas and online.

Here are the basic requirements for a fishing license

  • A state issued identification document
  • Social security number or alien identification number
  • Proof of residency with your unexpired State of South Carolina Driver’s license or Identification Card
  • Military personnel and their dependents stationed in SC for 30 days or longer, or who are domiciled in this state, are eligible for resident privileges. Valid military identification must be presented when applying

Predominant Fish Species

  • Striped Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • White Bass
  • White Perch
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Catfish
  • Bream

Lake Murray Specific Rules

  • NO largemouth bass less than 14 inches in total length. 
  • It is unlawful to possess more than 5 striped bass a day (
    On Lake Murray and the middle reach of the Saluda River ).
  • June 1 – September 30, it is unlawful to take, attempt to take, or possess more than 5 striped bass a day.
  • October 1 – May 31, it is unlawful to possess a striped bass less than 21 inches in total length. From June 1st to September 30th there is no minimum length ( On Lake Murray and the middle reach of the Saluda River).
  • Allowable Nongame Devices