Fishing in South Carolina

Nobody does fishing quite like the Palmetto State. With its immense network of high-yielding estuaries, unrestricted access to the Gulf Stream hotspots and a favorable subtropical climate, a perfect storm of events creates a year-round game fish repository that anglers of all shapes and skill levels can enjoy. Inshore, a nearly unfair amount of options presents itself, as anglers get to explore the sportfishing potential of South Carolina's endless bluewater creeks and coastal marshes, tidal lagoons and shallow flats, inlets, channels, oyster bars and the Intracoastal Waterway, all brimming with aquatic life regardless of the professed seasons. Although the beloved Redfish is probably the most prominent of the estuarine species, you'll find the likes of Flounder and Spotted Sea Trout, Black Drum, Bluefish, Sheepshead and even sharks ransacking the waters in no small numbers either. Starting with about 5 miles offshore, a medley of artificial reefs, shipwrecks and live bottom areas play host to Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Kingfish, sharks, Spadefish, Black Bass, Flounder and more. And for those looking for some serious deep sea action, many prized pelagics take residence on the distant Gulf Stream waterways, including Yelowfin and Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Sailfish, Marlin as well as a variety of bottom dwellers such as Red and Vermillion Snapper, Grouper, Giant Sea Bass, Amberjack and plenty others!

Known For

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Dupont Planetarium, Plantation tours, Caesars Head State Park, Huntington Beach State Park, Charleston Farmers Market, Fort Sumter, Greenville Zoo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Aquarium, USS Yorktown and Patriots Point, Hilton Head, Angel Oak, Battery Park

Rules & Regulations

Individuals age 16 and older must purchase a saltwater recreational fishing license, unless fishing on a licensed public fishing pier or on a licensed charter vessel while under hire.

South Carolina Fishing Calendar