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We already know that South Carolina offers incredible deep sea fishing, but the state’s freshwater potential should also be acknowledged. The Waccamaw River fishing scene is one of the main reasons why both South Carolina and parts of North Carolina have a lot to offer to passionate river anglers.
 
The Waccamaw is about 140 miles long, and as it flows from north to the south, the current increases in speed and plays home to many freshwater species. Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Bream, Bowfin, and Catfish (Blue, Channel, and Flathead) are the most common catches, but the scenery changes as you approach Winyah Bay. Here, you can find anything from Bull Redfish and Flounder to Speckled Trout, and even Tarpon.
 
Because the river has an incredible number of side channels and shallow creeks that are teeming with fish, navigating it can be intimidating. Local guides know all the best hotspots and have well-equipped boats that allow you to reach the skinniest of waters with ease. You can book a private trip for your group, and spend anywhere from 4–8 hours on the water.
 
Conway and Georgetown are the towns where you’ll easily find a charter to take you out, and one of the best fishing spots is definitely the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. If fishing the Waccamaw River is on your bucket list, either of these is a great place to start!
 

Rules & Regulations

Since the Waccamaw runs through North and South Carolina, fishing regulations will depend on where you cast your line. The best practice is to talk to your guide before your trip to know what to bring. You’ll usually need to buy a fishing license and dress for the weather, and make sure your target species is in season.

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January

In January, waters on the river are usually high, which makes fishing a bit more difficult than usual and discourages anglers. However, if you know where to go and which setups to use, Crappie, Bass, Bream, and Catfish are out there, hungry.

February

Fishing conditions are improving in February, and you’ll notice there are more fishermen out. You can target Catfish and Crappie, and Bream fishing is also very good.

March

With spring comes Crappie ready for spawning, which in turn usually means a lot of good action. Bring live bait and hit deep waters and holes where Crappie like to hang out as they prepare to spawn.

April
Fishing on the Waccamaw River is excellent in spring! Whether you’re in the mood for some exciting Bass action or you’d prefer to attract Catfish to your line, you’re going to have a great time.
May

The weather is an important factor in May, but even if there’s some rain it will only make a difference between good and even better fishing. Bream are biting all over the river, along with Catfish, Bass, and Redfish in the Winyah Bay.

June

Crappie fishing is slowly taking the back seat, but Bream are still out there in good numbers. If you need more good news, Largemouth Bass fishing is getting hot, and the Catfish bite isn’t far behind.

July

In July, Bream are just about everywhere, and if you use the right setup around drop-offs, you’ll be awarded. Bass prefer to stick to the deep waters where there’s plenty of cover from the heat.

August

According to some local anglers, August is the month to go after Largemouth Bass on the Waccamaw River. Topwater lures are the thing to use to get the attention of some good-sized fish.

September

As the days are slowly getting colder, Crappie are making their big comeback to the Waccamaw. Bass fishing is still superb, and if you’d like to catch yourself a nice Cat, cut eel is the bait you want to use.

October
Whatever you’d like to target on the river, October is the time to do it. Fall fishing is in full swing, and Crappie are taking center stage. Largemouth Bass, Bream, and Catfish are also biting, and some of them are lunkers.
November

Colder water means that fish will be congregating in large groups all over the river, but that’s just the beginning in November. Catfishing is really good this month, and there are many anglers out there on a Crappie hunt.

December

Winter is one of the best periods to target Black Crappie on the Waccamaw – where you find one, you’ll find many more. Bream are also biting, and Bass are trying to stay warm in the shallow waters.

Waccamaw River Fishing Calendar

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Fishing with Jason
Teresa S. fished with Wild Thang Fishing Charters on October 12, 2021
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Call the actual company you're going out with
Half day trip
Mike S. fished with The Salty Hooker Fishing Charters on August 28, 2021
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Plenty of motion sickness medicine. Make sure that they already have the bait . There was a wasted hour catching bait fish . But all and all a great time for me
Half day offshore with Captain Nick
James H. fished with Wild Thang Fishing Charters on August 23, 2021
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The Captains here are really a great bunch. All were very professional and knowledgeable. If your having trouble finding a charter you will not be disappointed with These Captain.
Low Country
Jeffrey S. fished with Lowcountry Experience on August 13, 2021
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Low country was gear and Captain Lee took care of the kids
Half day trip with CPT John
Paul G. fished with All Hooked Up Fishing Charters on August 5, 2021
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Communicate with your Captain. All of the CPTs want you to have a great trip and will do their best for you. They just need to know your expectations.
Half Day with owner's son. Good time fishing and took some fish home too!
Richard R. fished with Reel Salty Fishing Charters on August 4, 2021
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Wear proper clothing, good shoes/sneakers that can be wet or dirtied.Sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring water and drinks. Have fun.
June fishing trip
Samuel H. fished with Fishn' Freshwater Charters on June 24, 2021
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Capt Todd is a great guide with knowledge to help you catch fish . He is great with younger inexperienced fishing individuals.
Half Day shark fishing w/ Capt Lucas
Randy H. fished with Saltwater Assassin on June 15, 2021
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Bring sun glasses and a 2nd shirt to change in to, Your gonna get wet...lol

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Waccamaw River

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Waccamaw River costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $477, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $961. 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 Waccamaw River is 24 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Reel Assalt Fishing Charters, Palmetto Fishing Charters, and All Hooked Up Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Waccamaw River. Full list of top fishing charters in Waccamaw River.

Reel Assalt Fishing Charters, Palmetto Fishing Charters, and All Hooked Up Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Waccamaw River.

The best way to experience fishing in Waccamaw River 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 Waccamaw River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Flounder, and King Mackerel (Kingfish). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. Nearshore fishing, reef fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Whatever you’d like to target on the river, October is the time to do it. Fall fishing is in full swing, and Crappie are taking center stage. Largemouth Bass, Bream, and Catfish are also biting, and some of them are lunkers. Check availability for local fishing charters in Waccamaw River.