Fishing in South Carolina
There are many species of catfish and even more ways to catch
them. Adults range in size from less than a pound to hundreds of
pounds. They can be found in all types of water including ponds,
streams, lakes and rivers. There are even species which spend a
limited amount of time on dry land. Big giant catfish put up a very
noble fight once hooked.
Catfish Fishing Lakes In South Carolina
Most waters in SC have catfish of one or more species. All the
major lakes including Hartwell Lake, Lake Greenwood, Lake J. Strom
Thurmond, Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee, Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie,
Lake Murray, Lake Wylie,
Monticello Reservoir, Richard B Russell Lake and Wateree Lake have
significant populations of catfish. Major rivers, ponds and creeks
across the state are also populated with catfish.
Tailrace Canal produced the South Carolina state record blue
catfish and the state record channel catfish was taken from Lake
Moultrie. Santee Cooper served up the SC state record flathead
catfish and Lake Murray served up the state record white catfish.
Bill Monteith's daughter shows off this 78 pound blue catfish caught
by her father from Lake Wateree in 2007.
Most catfish are considered bottom feeders to one extent or another.
They will generally eat anything that can get in their mouth. Their
strongest sense is smell which they use to locate potential food
sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your
search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have been caught
on most types of fast moving bass lures so don't under estimate
their ability to catch live bait.
Catfish Organizations & Resources
U.S. Catfish Anglers
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