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Fishing At Lake Jocassee In 2024

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass, yellow perch, hybrid striped bass and chain pickerel at Lake Jocassee in South Carolina.

Lake Jocassee, SC

One of the few trout lakes in SC, Lake Jocassee offers fishing for both cold-water and warm-water fish species. Trout, hybrid stripers, bass, crappie, catfish, pickerel, sunfish and white bass all thrive in this 7,500-acre reservoir. This scenic lake is located on the northwest border of the state with NC, at Jocassee, SC.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites that each offer select bits of information, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

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Nestled in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Jocassee is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts in South Carolina. This pristine mountain lake spans over 7,500 acres and offers exceptional fishing opportunities. Anglers can expect to encounter a variety of fish species in its crystal-clear waters, including smallmouth and largemouth bass, trout (rainbow, brown, and brook), walleye, and crappie.

Fishing on Lake Jocassee is a unique experience due to the lake's deep and cold waters. Anglers can explore the depths of the lake, target submerged structures, and cast their lines in search of trophy-sized catches. The lake's abundant fish population and untouched natural beauty make it an angler's paradise. Whether you prefer trolling, fly fishing, or casting from a boat or kayak, Lake Jocassee offers a range of fishing opportunities to suit different techniques and preferences.

Lake Jocassee in South Carolina is a true gem for fishing, boating, and camping enthusiasts. Its clear waters, diverse fish species, and stunning mountain backdrop create an unforgettable experience for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're angling for bass, exploring the lake on a boat, or camping beneath the stars, Lake Jocassee offers a serene and picturesque escape that will leave you with cherished memories of your time spent in this natural wonderland.

Fishing from a boat is the ideal way to fish the 75 miles of rocky shoreline. There are three public boat launch ramps for launching your pontoon, pleasure or fishing boat. Kayaks, canoes, pontoons and ski boats are available for rent at nearby Jocassee Outdoor Center, an off-the-water marina, which serves Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee. Lodging and campgrounds with RV spaces are available at the lake.

Fishing Boats For Rent In South Carolina

Primary fish species residing in Lake Jocassee

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Redeye bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Rainbow trout Brown trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish Redear Sunfish Warmouth Sunfish White Bass Yellow Perch Hybrid Striped Bass Chain pickerel

Lake Jocassee Amenities

Marina: YES (Off-water)
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NO

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Beyond fishing, Lake Jocassee is also a popular destination for boating enthusiasts. Boaters can explore the lake's stunning shoreline, navigate its winding coves, and soak in the breathtaking mountain views. With its calm and deep waters, Lake Jocassee is ideal for leisurely boat rides, water skiing, and tubing. Boaters can access the lake through multiple boat ramps and marinas, ensuring convenient entry points for a day of water-based adventures.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Eclectic Sun Boat Rentals
Rentals: Kayaks, canoes and pontoon boats
864 944-1191

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Devil's Fork Road Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Devil's Fork Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Lake Jocassee Devils Point #1 Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Lake Jocassee Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Click here for a South Carolina Fishing License.

For those seeking to spend more time amidst the natural beauty of Lake Jocassee, camping options are available in the surrounding area. Devil's Fork State Park, located on the lake's shore, offers both tent and RV camping facilities. Campers can enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors, surrounded by towering trees and the peaceful sounds of nature. Hiking trails, picnic areas, and swimming spots add to the allure of camping near Lake Jocassee, providing additional recreational opportunities.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Devils Fork State Park Campground - 864 944-2639

Jocassee RV Park - 864 380-5367

Under The Oaks RV Park Campground - 864 710-1407

Lake Jocassee SC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Jocassee
Devils Fork State Park
161 Holcombe Cir
Salem, SC 29676
864 944-2639


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