Lake Marion

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Lake Marion Fishing Charters

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South Carolina’s “Inland Sea” is probably the state’s top freshwater fishing destination. Year-round, you can come fishing on Lake Marion and target some of the country’s most-loved creatures. Fish from shore or hop aboard a charter and head out to the middle of the largest lake in SC, and get your hands full of exciting fish. 
 
Home to the state record Largemouth Bass, it’s no surprise what’s top of the list for anglers in Lake Marion. Whenever you visit, you can get your fill of these tough-fighting beauties. Most captains design their trips to target specific fish, so you’re sure to focus your attention to land that prized catch. 
 
Another trophy to target is the monster Striped Bass. Along with huge, delicious Catfish, they make up the cream of the crop, while Crappie and Perch are the best of the rest. Target them all throughout the year, and you’re sure to fill the boat. 
 
Choose between four-hour and eight-hour trips, depending on how long you can take battling it out with monster fish. The more adventurous among you can even take a trip at night. Come aboard in Summerton or Santee in the midsection of the lake, or Cross in the south, and get your fish on in style. 

Rules & Regulations

Before hopping aboard a Lake Marion fishing charter, you’ll need to get your SC freshwater fishing license. With options ranging from 14 days to a lifetime’s worth of fishing, there’s definitely something to cover you. 
 
Other than that, your professional guide will keep you up-to-date with the seasonal limits. Just beware that it’s forbidden to fish for Striped Bass in the summer months, so get ready to release ‘em if you hook one aboard.
Lake Marion
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January
The mild winters of South Carolina make it the ideal getaway from the winter blues. Come aboard and head to the heart of the lake, as you go after Largemouth and Striped Bass for a real treat. 
February
It may still not be peak season for fishing, but there’s plenty of exciting Bass to hunt in Lake Marion. You’ll need to hit the deep waters to reach them, so why not hop on a charter to make the most of it?
March
It’s starting to get more lively on the water with the Largemouth and Striped Bass threatening to spawn soon. Target these beauties along with plenty of Crappie, and you’re sure to get what you want.
April
You’ll feel things heat up when it comes to the fishing in April, with spawning season kicking off for Lake Marion’s most-prized sons (and daughters)! Get your fish home and head home with a trophy catch. 
May
Tough-fighting and delicious Bass are abundant in May, as the spawning frenzy reaches its peak. Expect plenty of hits, as you look to test your skills and strength time after time again to fill the boat.
June
Catfish add an extra spice to the red hot fishing in Lake Marion come summer, so why not hop aboard a tailor-made trip to target these beauties? Try out a range of techniques and you may learn something new!
July
The long, hot summer days make for uncomfortable conditions during the day. Head out first thing in the morning or at night and you’ll just happen to stumble across the best feeding times of Bass, too.
August
Make the most of summer vacation and bring the kids along to target Crappie and smaller Panfish, while you can get your fish on against tough-fighting Bass and monster Catfish like never before. 
September
Get ready for the opening up of the Striper season once again! Hit the shallow spots of the lake in search of these beauties. They’ll be schooling along with Largemouth Bass first thing in the morning. 
October
While the weather may be cooling, there’s no sign that the fishing is slowing down. Get out on the lake and take advantage of your last chance to land Catfish, along with targeting the usual favorites.
November
You’ll need to turn your attention to the deep waters as fall turns into winter, with the Bass population heading deep to hibernate. That just means that the help of an experienced captain is what you need!
December
While other fishing haunts across the country are shutting up for the holidays, Lake Marion is open for business. Come aboard and land some delicious fish as a Christmas treat for the whole family. 

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Watch the weather closely. We had to reschedule a couple times due to very bad weather
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Watch the weather closely. We had to reschedule a couple times due to very bad weather
Johnna  O.
Johnna O. Orangeburg, SC
Make sure you bring the proper equipment for the heat from the sun... And stay hydrated...
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make sure you bring the proper equipment for the heat from the sun... And stay hydrated...
Tobias  T.
Tobias T. Columbia, SC
Captain Brad with Nav-A-Gator Charter Service was awesome...had a wonderful time and the weather was great!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Captain Brad with Nav-A-Gator Charter Service was awesome...had a wonderful time and the weather was great!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Elgin, SC

Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
My buddy and I fished with Captain Brad and had a great trip! We both caught some big catfish! Both of our personal bests! Captain Brad knows how to find the fish! Looking forward to going with him again in the Spring!
John  B.
John B. Dobson, NC
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Overall a great experience! The captain was super good at everything and a super cool person! We caught fish when no one else was.
Mike  D.
Mike D. Norton, OH
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Brad made it the best experience we could have asked for. He knew exactly where to go and what to use to catch some monsters out there. If you are looking for a good time out on the lake please go with his charter service. Best in the business. Thank you brad for making the trip so nice
Cody  F.
Cody F. High Point, NC
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Great time with Captain Padgett, my wife and son with his guest all were very pleased with their outing, The captain's helper was very professional. Thanks for working with us!
CARLTON  A.
CARLTON A. Rock Hill, SC
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Was a great day my family had a great trip and my 11year old caught her 1st really nice catfish , captain Brad did a fantastic job to make sure we had a great day on the water and plan to charter our trip again with him
Richard  R.
Richard R. Red Springs, NC
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
We had a great family day on the boat with Captain Brad. He knew exactly where to find the fish. It was more than a fishing trip being on the boat. It was a peaceful and satisfying day to be away from all that is going on in the world right now. Thanks to captain Brad baiting our hooks throwing out the line all we had to do was reel them in. We had a family day we want forget thanks to captain Brad. I would recommend captain Brad to anyone that’s thinking about going out for a day. Thanks
Anthony  M.
Anthony M. Sumter, SC
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Unfortunately the lake was way too rough when we attempted to go out. There was 3 and 4 foot waves, and it was decided it was way too dangerous to fish. We had to cancel our trip. Captain Brad is an excellent boat captain and I look forward to rescheduling our trip later this fall. I was very happy with his knowledge and boat handling in this rough weather. I’m excited to reschedule later when he is able to.
Johnna  O.
Johnna O. Orangeburg, SC
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
Great weather. Good instruction on use of casting reel. Good knowledge of fish habits on Lake Marion. Friendly, always professional captain. I would use him again and recommend him to friends. Thanks!
Gregory  W.
Gregory W. United States
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Captain Brad was a very personable and professional guide. Although the fish didn't cooperate we still had a good time. Brad tried as hard as he could to get us on the fish by trying different and numerous spots and set up. That's wht they call it fishing and not catching.
Larry  C.
Larry C. CHRISTIANSBRG, VA
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
We had an awesome day bass fishing with Captain Bill. He is very accommodating, very knowledgeable about the lake, excellent equipment to work with and an awesome guide all around. We had a great time reeling in on the lake with him.
Vivian  S.
Vivian S. Afton, TN
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Overall experience was well worth the trip we filled a cooler and had a great time
Ricky  B.
Ricky B. McBee, SC
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
GREAT TRIP STEADY FISHING MOST OF THE DAY. QUITE A FEW FISH OVER 5 POUNDS AND BIGGEST WAS 21.6. CAPTAIN SHARED INFO ON THE AREA AND EXPLAINED WHAT WE WERE DOING AND HOW TO HAVE THE BEST SUCCESS WEATHER WAS VERY COOPERATIVE TO MAKE IT ALL A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
Stan  P.
Stan P. Cerro Gordo, NC
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
Capt. William Rodgers is the best guide period! His knowledge of the lake, his ability to find fish and his kindness and attitude is the absolute best! Thank you Bill for a super, super awesome day on the lake!
Anthony  M.
Anthony M. Holly Springs, NC
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
We had a wonderful experience fishing for catfish on Captain Brad's boat, Nav-a-gator, yesterday afternoon. He knew exactly where to put us over the fish. The largest fish weighed in at 24 lbs.! We ended up with lots of fish, can't wait for a big fish fry. I highly recommend this captain & boat. He was extremely friendly & knowledgeable!
Steve  G.
Steve G. Murrells Inlet, SC
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
He was great with my two young boys. Highly recommend. He was very active and moved spots quickly when the bite wasn't "on." Came out all the way from Colorado and were very happy. Delicious dinner tonight!
Anthony  W.
Anthony W. Littleton, CO
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Fishing charter in Summerton
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
Captain Bill did a great job! Boat was absolutely first class - you can tell the Captain takes pride in keeping everything in great condition. Only bad thing was the bass forgot to bite - that’s why they call it fishing not catching!
Mark  A.
Mark A. United States
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
Enjoyed the trip and it was very informative. Learn a lot about the lake would highly recommend Bill Rogers.
Buddy  J.
Buddy J. United States
Fishin' Adventures
Fishin' Adventures
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
Absolutely amazed by the professionalism, experience, and equipment provided that I will always recommend Captain Bill for any fishing experience on Santee Cooper. He put us on fish within the first 30 minutes and had a blast all day! I had a great time and will be back whenever I can get a free day. Money well spent...
‘Maria  E.
‘Maria E. Winder, Georgia
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Weather conditions weren't the best. It was really windy but the Captain knew where to go to get us out of the wind and on the fish. We caught a lot of fish most were 3 to 9 lbs. We caught a few bigger ones from 11 to 16lbs. Overall we had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the trip. Captain was a country boy like us so we had a great conversations about our experiences growing up. Highly recommend him.
Ronald  M.
Ronald M. Manning, South Carolina
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Nav-a-gator Charter Service
Fishing charter in Summerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
We had a great time on our trip with Captain Brad. Caught all these great fish. We can’t wait to go back again!
Teri  C.
Teri C. Florence, South Carolina

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Lake Marion

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Lake Marion costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $391, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $452. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Lake Marion is 23 ft and the most common vessel type is a Pontoon.

According to customer reviews, Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson, Captain J Hook Charters – Cross, and Fishin' Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Marion. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Marion.

Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson, Captain J Hook Charters – Cross, and Fishin' Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake Marion.

The best way to experience fishing in Lake Marion is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Lake Marion.

The most popular fish species you can target are Catfish, Bass (Striped), and Bass (Largemouth). Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, drift fishing, and light tackle. Lake fishing and river fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

While other fishing haunts across the country are shutting up for the holidays, Lake Marion is open for business. Come aboard and land some delicious fish as a Christmas treat for the whole family.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Lake Marion.