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From wild trout in the mountain streams of the northwest corner of the state to tailing redfish in the mudflats surrounding Charleston, South Carolina has a very diverse set of fisheries that every angler should explore.
South Carolina has a surprisingly high number of trout streams that harbor wild populations of brown, rainbow, and brook trout. Rivers such as the Chattooga, Chauga, and Eastatoe Rivers, along with many other small streams and creeks in the mountainous northwest region of the state, give anglers the chance to tap into some of the South?s most natural and rugged mountain fishing. Tailwaters such as the Midlands Tailwater and the Lower Saluda River below Dreher Shoals Dam on Lake Murray are excellent fisheries in their own right, offering larger water and shots at larger browns and rainbows. Then there?s Lake Jocassee, South Carolina?s premier stillwater trout fishery, where both the state record brown and rainbow trout were caught. For anglers looking to tie into bigger game, Marion and Moultrie Lakes north of Charleston are loaded with landlocked striped bass that migrated up the Cooper River to spawn before the Lake Marion Dam was built. Stripers in the 30 to 40-pound range are frequently caught in the lakes.
Along the South Carolina coast, there?s an abundance of saltwater fly fishing within close range of Charleston. Redfish are by far the most popular species to chase with a fly rod in the inshore marshes and waterways, where fish are often found in extremely shallow water flats foraging in the mud with their backs out of the water. For more of a heavy-weight challenge, heading south from Charleston to Port Royal Sound will bring you to a favorite annual stop of migratory tarpon. From mid-summer to fall, tarpon collect in the Sound, giving anglers the chance to hook into Silver Kings weighing anywhere from 80 to 130 pounds.
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When the winter weather sets in, fish get lazy
posted on Tue Feb 7
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Choosing the proper fly rod
posted on Sat Jan 21
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6 Tips to take better photos of your catch
posted on Fri Jan 13
Having a photograph taken of your catch is something that all anglers can appreciate. First trout, biggest fish, memorable catch, etc. etc. That photograph can be looked back at years later and it will remind you instantly of that day. What I'm here ...
Guides based in South Carolina
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of