Guide To Great Trout Fishing Locations In South Carolina
All about fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout in area lakes and streams.
Lakes in South Carolina with a significant population of trout include Clarks Hill Lake, Lake Blalock, Lake Bowen, Lake Jocassee, Lake Monticello, Lake Tugalo, Parr Reservoir and Lake Russell. The Chatanooga River offers trout fishing. Some other, smaller lakes, ponds and rivers contain trout as well.
Trout Species In The State
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 11 lbs 5 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 17 lbs 9.5 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
South Carolina State Record Trout
The state record rainbow trout was caught from Lake Jocassee.
The state record brook trout was taken out of the Chattooga River.
The state record brown trout came from Lake Jocassee.
Visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website for information on trout stocking in SC.
Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.
Additional trout information
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.
Trout locations and info, by state.
The habits of trout.
Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate South Carolina waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.