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South Carolina Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for flathead, blue, white and channel catfish in South Carolina.

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Catfish fishing in South Carolina

Catfish Waters In SC

Most waters in SC have catfish of one or more species. Most all the major lakes in South Carolina, including Clarks Hill Lake, Lake Blalock, Lake Bowen, Lake Greenwood, Lake Hartwell, Lake Jocassee, Lake Marion, Lake Monticello, Lake Moultrie, Lake Murray, Lake Wylie, Parr Reservoir, Lake Russell and Wateree Lake have significant populations of catfish. Major rivers, ponds and creeks across the state are also populated with catfish.

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

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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 SC state record white catfish.

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. Catfish are found in all types of water including ponds, streams, lakes and rivers throughout South Carolina. 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.

Camp out and catch some catfish!

Additional catfishing information resources.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish

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 fishing information for states with catfish.