Lake Jocassee is the only lake in South Carolina offering both trophy trout and smallmouth bass. It is home to the current state records for redeye bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, brown trout and rainbow trout. You can also find brook trout, sunfish (aka bream) and deep-water catfish.
People come to fish at Lake Jocassee because it offers something for every skill level. You can cast with a traditional rod and reel, troll the lake for deep-water fish or fly fish the streams for bass and trout.
Of course, if you’d like to hire a fishing guide or charter a boat, you have options for that, too. Jocassee Outdoor Center (formerly Hoyett’s) offers guided fishing services, fishing reports, equipment, and bait and tackle. Jocassee Charters offers guided fishing trips, sunset cruises and waterfall tours. Both are excellent choices.
For more information about Lake Jocassee, check out Devils Fork State Park. For information on South Carolina fishing licenses and requirements, visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website.