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The geography of South Carolina and the North Atlantic Ocean team up to make an incredible home for resident anglers, tourists with a passion for the sport, fishing guides, and full-time fishing charters. The fishing is known to be "Reel" good, but if you don't know where to go, your fishing story might not hold any water.
  • Best Fishing in South Carolina

    Myrtle Beach

    • Don't get us wrong, if you need to relax and unwind the scenic shorelines, shopping, and excellent eating in this area can certainly do the trick. However, memories last a lifetime, and when traveling home, they are the easiest to pack and board on a plane. For the best ones, we recommend fishing adventures.
    • Those new to fishing or those who have been fishing a lifetime can find the fishing experience that will undoubtedly provide the photos and smile lines to match those tan lines. So click on Myrtle Beach and learn more about which river, lake, bay, inshore trip, or offshore trip is right for you.

    Hilton Head

    • The Intracoastal Waterway and the Calibogue Sound lay between the island and the continental United States. You can book nearshore or offshore fishing charters from this prime location. Nearshore typically means within 20 miles of the shoreline. So these trips are often an excellent choice for a half-day fishing trip.
    • For the adventure-filled angler, deep-sea fishing in South Carolina doesn't get much better than Hilton Head. In the fall or spring, cast your lines for Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, or Amberjack and see you'll find how far your fishing pole can bend.

    Lake Murray

    • Enjoy the clear spring-fed waters of Lake Murray. If you're hooked on Largemouth Bass, then this is the fishing spot for you in Palmetto State. The Largemouth Bass is just one of the variety of fish on this lake, as you can also find White Crappie, Black Crappie, White Bass, and Catfish.
    • Put down your cellphones, round-up the family, and head to Dreher Island State Park for an affordable fishing experience with fantastic Striped Bass fishing spots on its 348 acres and 12 miles of shoreline. These islands have almost 100 paved campsites for RVs and 5 lakeside villas. The islands also provide access top 3 boat ramps, and if you just couldn't put down your phone, it does provide wifi at one of its 3 tournament fishing shelters.

    Charleston Fishing

    • The fishing boats located in historic Charleston, SC, can target a variety of fish. Inshore fishing charters in Charleston will spend their time reeling in Spotted Sea Trout, Sheepshead, and Flounder throughout the year. If the season is right, you can fish for Shark, Spanish Mackerel, or Bluefish. Can you imagine the look on your kid's face when Dad or Mom reels in a Shark during a perfect half-day inshore fishing trip?!

    Georgetown Fishing

    • Found swimming amongst the reefs and marshes of the Winyah Bay shallows are Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, and after reading some of the local fishing reports, we were surprised to find catfish. The bay that got its name from a local tribe can get pretty deep and, therefore, can host Black Sea Bass, Trigger Fish (the fish with almost human-like teet), and Kingfish.
    • If you're a non-resident, don't let the complicated names keep you from enjoying their simply great fishing! Wonderful and often discounted freshwater fishing trips can be found on The Great Pee Dee River, Waccamaw River, and Sampit River. These rivers flow into the bay and offer up everything from Catfish to Brown Trout.

    Other Fishing Spots

    • Lake Hartwell, Santee Cooper, Lake Thurmond, Lake Greenwood, and Garden City
  • Fishing Licenses and Regulations

    A freshwater fishing license is required for all public water bodies of water. A license is not required for those fishing on a privately owned pond.

    A saltwater fishing license is required unless recreationally fishing on a license South Carolina fishing charter or on a licensed public South Carolina fishing pier.

    • A resident annual freshwater fishing license costs $10 and is valid for 1 year. A cheaper 14-day fishing license is available for just $5. Specific fishing techniques such as jug, "set the hook," eel pot, gill net, hoop net, tap, and setting trotlines will require the proper permit or tag.
    • Resident saltwater fishing licenses can be purchased at an annual rate of $10 or like freshwater a cheaper option for only 3-days of fishing; you can buy one for $5.Chances are if you're a non-resident, you will want a short-term 14-day freshwater license, and that can be bought for just $11. If you're fishing the coastline or boarding a boat that is not a license saltwater charter, then you will be required to purchase and possess a 14-day license for $11.

    Anglers have the responsibility to stay up to date with that state's fish and game departments. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources explains the rules and regulations for being a responsible angler.

South Carolina Fishing Calendar: The Best Time to Fish


Where: Lake Hartwell

Species: Striped Bass


Where: Wateree River

Species: Blue Catfish


Where: Lake Thurmond

Species: Crappie


Where: Charlestown

Species: Baracuda


Where: Georgetown

Species: Wahoo


Where: Myrtle Beach

Species: Mahi-Mahi


Where: Georgetown

Species: Sailfish


Where: Wateree River

Species: Flathead Catfish


Where: Lake Wateree

Species: Crappie


Where: Myrtle Beach

Species: Flounder


Where: Georgetown

Species: Redfish


Where: Myrtle Beach

Species: Speckled Sea Trout


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The Chattooga River system is a prime fishing river for browns and rainbows. Vehicle access is limited due to access is mostly inside State parks and National forests. This is whats makes fishing the Chattooga River such a great experience.

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