Whether your favorite fishing involves crashing through the waves of the Atlantic, casting a line from the beach, cruising across a huge inland lake, wetting hooks in a pond or fly-casting in a roaring river, South Carolina has a spot (or several) where you can fulfill your favorite angling fantasy.
The Palmetto state is blessed with rivers, lakes, mountain streams, salt marshes and the Atlantic Ocean, all of which offer terrific fishing. It can be as simple as a fishing pole and worm, or as high-tech as you see on championship fishing shows.
Whether you're new to the sport or could cast a line before learning to read, a great place to start is the SC Department of Natural Resources website where you'll find fishing trends, maps, programs, catch-and-release regulations and more. You can also get info on ways to purchase a fishing license. For immediate fishing fun, purchase and print a license here.
Ready to cast your line? Here's where to snag fresh catch on your next South Carolina fishing adventure:
For beachcombers, lines cast into the surf can yield crab, shrimp, oysters, lobster and other shellfish, as well as shad, herring and other deepwater fish. Fishing from one of the state's many piers also has its advantages, with anglers scoring spots, sea trout, flounder and more.
Find more information on your favorite saltwater catch here.
Find more information about fishing in SC lakes here.
Rivers and Ponds
South Carolina is crisscrossed with large and small rivers, from the Ashley and Cooper Rivers in Charleston, May River near Bluffton and the Edisto River (Orangeburg) to the Chattooga River flowing from the Blue Ridge Mountains near Oconee. And there are countless ponds across the state, both private and public, for a more relaxed fishing experience. In Upstate streams and rivers, fish for brook, brown or rainbow trout. The lakes and ponds offer excellent fishing for catfish, bass, crappie, sunfish, bream and others.
Find more information about SC ponds here and SC trout fishing here.