South Carolina has numerous locations that attract fishing enthusiasts. The oceanfront provides the chance to fish from the beach or embark on deep-sea angling adventures. Lakes and backcountry rivers are also favored spots. However, there are certain watering holes that come highly recommended.


Lake Murray-Lexington


The massive man-made body of water encompasses 50,000 acres and is situated in the Midlands. The location remains one of the most favored for catching largemouth and striped bass. Anglers have set state records for bass, crappie, catfish, and perch in the reservoir. Buoys on the water indicate attractors where fish congregate. Stripers are particularly prolific in the area creeks. Boat ramps and marinas are plentiful. The location also has boat rentals and bait shops.


The Old Pitt Street Bridge-Mount Pleasant


The bridge offers picturesque views of the Charleston Harbor and the Intracoastal Waterway while serving as a popular angling location. At high tide, anglers often catch bluefish, flounder, redfish, trout, and whiting. A casting net rewards guests with crabs and shrimp. At low tide, venture to the left side of the road to the creek. The Mount Pleasant Pier is another location that attracts anglers of all ages and skill levels. The River Watch Cafe offers beverages, sandwiches, and snacks along with having a gift shop.


Cherry Grove Pier-North Myrtle Beach


Marine life is in abundance along the 985-foot pier. The species caught here include bluefish, pompano, red drum, and sea trout. Sand fleas, shrimp and other live bait attract the most attention at the end of a hook. Simply cast a line and let the tide drift the bait to the bottom for the best luck. World record tarpon and tiger sharks have also been hooked from the pier. The location also equipment rentals, bait and equipment shops plus a gift shop.


Lake Greenwood-Ninety Six


The 11,400-acre reservoir is found in Lake Greenwood State Park. The location has a crappie fishery and is also renowned for the population of striped bass. Anglers achieve success below the Buzzard Roost Dam. Fishing from the pier or the lake’s banks is also fruitful. The lake is also known to harbor bream, catfish, and perch. The park also features 125 paved campsites with electrical hookups, picnic shelters, and free Wi-Fi is available at the Drummond Center and the park office.


“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.” Matthew 13:47