South Carolina Fishing: Tips, Species & Where to Go

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South Carolina offers a diverse range of fishing opportunities, from the serenity of freshwater lakes and rivers to the excitement of saltwater fishing along the coast.

Anglers of all skill levels will find an abundance of fish species to target in this picturesque state, making it an ideal fishing destination year-round.

For those who prefer freshwater fishing, South Carolina’s lakes and rivers host a treasure trove of game fish, such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and crappie, as well as striped bass. Tournaments and other events regularly take place on these waters, offering a chance for anglers to challenge themselves and compete with fellow fishers.

Fly fishing is another popular type of fishing in the state, particularly in the mountain streams where brook, brown, and rainbow trout are the main targets. The picturesque landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains adds a special charm to this angling experience.

In the salt water, inshore fishing in the estuaries, bays, and creeks offers up a great variety of species, including redfish, sea trout, black drum, sheepshead, and flounder. Offshore targets include Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna.

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Below you’ll find our best advice on fishing for the common species available to anglers in South Carolina written by our expert guides who’ve fished the Palmetto State extensively.

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water. He's into kayak fishing, ultralight lure fishing and pretty much any other kind of fishing out there.
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