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South Carolina Fishing

All about fishing in the Palmetto State

Table Rock Park - A Typical Lake in South Carolina

The state of South Carolina offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, flier sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass, white perch, yellow perch, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, muskie and sauger in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major South Carolina Lakes

South Carolina major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in SC, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing found in each lake or impoundment. For a more complete list of fish species in SC, see the list below, which also includes state records.

South Carolina Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Hartwell Lake is a 56,000-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Anderson, SC.

Lake Greenwood is an 11,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Greenwood, SC.

Lake J. Strom Thurmond aka Clarks Hill Lake is a 71,000-acre reservoir located on the eastern border of the state, at Clarks Hill, SC.

Lake Jocassee is a 7,500-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, at Jocassee, SC.

Lake Keowee is an 18,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Seneca, SC.

Lake Marion is a 110,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Santee, SC.

Lake Moultrie is a 60,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Moncks Corner, SC.

Lake Murray is a 50,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Columbia, SC.

Lake Wylie is a 12,500-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at Tega Cay SC.

Monticello Reservoir is a 7,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Monticello, SC.

Richard B Russell Lake is a 45,000-acre reservoir located on the western border at Clarks Hill, SC.

Wateree Lake is a 13,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Great Falls, SC.

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State of SC Fishing Information

South Carolina fishing information is also available at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website.

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Fishing Guides In South Carolina
You can find a listing of SC fishing guides here. If you are a fishing guide in South Carolina or know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.

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Fish for big bass in South Carolina

Excellent largemouth bass, smallmouth, spotted and redeye bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers throughout the state of SC.

Fish Species in South Carolina

Fishing for bass in South Carolina

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

SC State Record: 16 lbs 2 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

SC State Record: 9 lbs 7 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

SC State Record: 8 lbs 5 oz

Redeye Bass

Redeye bass

World record: 8 lbs 12 oz

SC State Record: 5 lbs 2.5 oz

Fishing for catfish in South Carolina

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz*

SC State Record: 58 lbs 0 oz*

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

SC State Record: 79 lbs 6 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

SC State Record: 109 lbs 4 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

SC State Record: 12 lbs 3 oz

Fishing for crappie in South Carolina

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

SC State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

SC State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for walleye in South Carolina

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

SC State Record: 10 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for trout in South Carolina

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

SC State Record: 11 lbs 5 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

SC State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

SC State Record: 17 lbs 9.5 oz

Fishing for panfish in South Carolina

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

SC State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish

World record: 1 lbs 4 oz

SC State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

SC State Record: 2 lbs 4 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz*

SC State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz*

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

SC State Record: 5 lbs 7 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

SC State Record: 2 lbs 2.5 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

SC State Record: 5 lbs 4.8 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

SC State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

SC State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for striped bass in South Carolina

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

SC State Record: 63 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for other species in South Carolina

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

SC State Record: 15 lbs 7 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

SC State Record: 6 lbs 4 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

SC State Record: 22 lbs 8 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

SC State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz

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