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South Carolina Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout in South Carolina lakes and streams.

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Trout fishing in South Carolina

SC Trout Fishing Waters

Lakes in South Carolina with a significant population of trout include Clarks Hill Lake, Lake Blalock, Lake Bowen, Lake Jocassee, Lake Monticello, Parr Reservoir and Lake Russell. The Chatanooga River offers trout fishing. Some other, smaller lakes, ponds and rivers contain trout as well.

Visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website for information on trout stocking in South Carolina.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

South Carolina Record Trout

The Chattooga River produced the South Carolina state record brook trout and the state record brown trout and rainbow trout were both taken from Lake Jocassee.

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

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Additional trout fishing information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

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 Conservation

Trout fishing waters and information, 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.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

Best trout fishing in South Carolina!