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Types of Fish in South Carolina

American Eel
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Crappie
Drum
Flathead Catfish
Gar
Green Sunfish
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Northern Pike
Paddlefish
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Rock Bass
Sauger
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Walleye
White Bass
Yellow Perch

With ample coastline and numerous inland paradises South Carolina is a fisherman’s haven. Many consider South Carolina’s saltwater fishing to be incomparable! With plenty of state parks providing wilderness, lots of lakes, and plenty of streams, inland fishing is also great in South Carolina.

Fly fishing can be a relaxing experience and South Carolina has miles of streams and rivers suited to it. Fishing for trout on the Chattooga is some of the best trout fly fishing in the country. Lake Jocassee is also good for fly fishing, along with its tributary Whitewater River, which has beautiful waterfalls to make it a more scenic fly fishing destination.

Trout are not widespread, but that does not make them any smaller catches! The Chattooga River offers not just variety, but quality trout fishing for big ones. Lake Tugalo is one of the more remote lakes regularly stocked with trout, as well as walleye. Whitewater River is perfect for trout, too, and most are wild, or were stocked as fingerlings.

Many amazing bass waters can be found in South Carolina. Lake Jocassee has trophy sized smallmouth, along with its trout. If you want striped bass try Lake Russell, where a sixty-three pound state record striper was caught. The Santee Cooper Reservoirs have some of the best bass and catfish fishing in the southeast. Spottail bass are South Carolina’s most prized inland saltwater fish. Spottail bass can also be found by surf fishing, normally in the autumn season. Often you can find spotted seatrout where spotted bass are found.

Catfish are vigorous fish in South Carolina, where channel, flathead, white and blue catfish dart through the waterways. Although they are found throughout the state the Savannah River and where its waters drain are noteworthy waters for catfish. The state record catfish, a hundred and nine pound blue, was caught in Tailrace Canal. Try Wateree River for trophy sized catfish, too.

South Carolina has more saltwater marshes than any other state on the east coast. Some have bass and trout species within their waters, depending on the salinity of the water. The aptly named Salt Marsh is a perfect spottail bass ground in the fall. Salt marshes can be great fishing at certain times of day, as some fish, like the southern flounder, enter marshes to feed.

Saltwater fishing is popular, especially, pier, surf, and deep water fishing. Grand Pier is a nice spot to sit down with a rod and enjoy the tourists around you. You can also do the same at Myrtle Beach, which has piers for fishermen to catch drum, flounder and others. Head a little deeper out from Myrtle Beach to fish the sea for flounder, mackerel, tarpon, trout, tuna and wahoo.

South Carolina’s coastline offers over forty artificial reefs. These provide habitats to form new hotspots for species such as bluefish, amberjack, mackerel, flounder, cobia, and in the winter months black sea bass and drum. Some artificial reef areas include off the coast of Charleston, around Seabrook Island, Hunting Island State Park, just to name a few.

Anyone sixteen years or older must buy a license either online, by phone, or by mailing an application to a state license office. Fourteen day, annual, and three year licenses are offered for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Both residents and non-residents are eligible for the same lengths of licensure (but costs are three to ten times more expensive for non-residents). Social security numbers are required to purchase fishing licenses. South Carolina also has free fishing days, in case you wish to test the waters before investing in a license but it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed!
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Alligator Lake


Alligator Lake, just 3 miles from Cayce, South Carolina, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alligator Lake include Pine Ridge, West Columbia and Springdale. If Alligator Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Gills Creek, Dry Creek, Congaree Creek, Reeder Point Branch, Toms Branch, Sixmile Creek, Savany Hunt Creek, Savana Branch, Goose Branch and Wildcat Creek.
Closest Cities : Cayce 3miles, Pine Ridge 6miles, West Columbia 6miles, Springdale 7miles, Forest Acres 7miles


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Alligator Lake


Alligator Lake, just 4 miles from Mullins, South Carolina, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alligator Lake include Nichols, Marion and Aynor. If Alligator Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Cedar Creek, Brown Swamp, White Oak Creek, Fowler Branch, The Gully, Lumber River, Jet Branch, Briar Creek, Crutchlow Branch and Boggy Branch.
Closest Cities : Mullins 4miles, Nichols 5miles, Marion 11miles, Aynor 11miles, Lake View 12miles


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Anderson Lake


Anderson Lake, just 2 miles from Nichols, South Carolina, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Anderson Lake include Mullins, Lake View and Fair Bluff. If Anderson Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Lumber River, Briar Creek, The Gully, Jet Branch, Boggy Branch, Pew Branch, Crutchlow Branch, Cedar Creek, Brown Swamp and White Oak Creek.
Closest Cities : Nichols 2miles, Mullins 5miles, Lake View 9miles, Fair Bluff 10miles, Marietta 11miles


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Ascauga Lake


Ascauga Lake, just 3 miles from Burnettown, South Carolina, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Ascauga Lake include North Augusta, Aiken and Trenton. If Ascauga Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Hightower Creek, Franklin Branch, Horsepen Creek, Mims Branch, Sand River, Red Hill Branch, Sage Mill Branch, Bridge Creek, Good Spring Branch and Little Horse Creek.
Closest Cities : Burnettown 3miles, North Augusta 5miles, Aiken 8miles, Trenton 11miles, Edgefield 15miles


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Baker Lake


Baker Lake, just 7 miles from Pamplico, South Carolina, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Baker Lake include Marion, Sellers and Mullins. If Baker Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Millrace Drain, Mink Creek, Bigham Branch, Mill Branch, Bachelor Creek, Jeffries Creek, Collins Creek, Brier Branch, Barfield Mill Creek and Barfields Old Mill Creek.
Closest Cities : Pamplico 7miles, Marion 8miles, Sellers 14miles, Mullins 15miles, Aynor 16miles


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