Gone Fishing: Lake Jocassee

By:Staff Writer


Lake Jocassee is one of many great freshwater fishing spots in South Carolina. Numerous species of fish, including trout and bass, thrive in the lake as well as the streams and coves that surround it. As a result, the lake is a popular spot for both serious anglers and folks just looking to wet the occasional line.

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.

There are four main fishing streams at Lake Jocassee: Whitewater, Thompson, Horsepasture and Toxaway. You’ll have to access Horsepasture and Toxaway by boat, but they are easily the most scenic of the four and are best for trout fishing in the summer months. You’ll find Thompson and Whitewater are better in the fall and winter months, and you should note that you can only get to Whitewater by hiking.

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.

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