fishingSouth Carolina Intracoastal Waterway Fishing

South Carolina’s coast is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. This waterway connects man-made canals with a series of bays, sounds and rivers. The Intracoastal Waterway’s protected waters offer anglers in South Carolina a variety of freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities. Fishing adventures can take you to the Carolina Coast, so cast your line in the waters of Intracoastal Waterway.

Where to go fishing

The South Carolina section of the Intracoastal waterway runs along the entire South Carolina coast, including popular tourist destinations such as Charleston, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach. The Intracoastal Waterway of South Carolina includes the Little, Waccamaw and North Santee rivers, as well as numerous creeks and cutoffs.

What to Catch

Redfish, catfish largemouth and striped bass, redfish, catfish, largemouth, and catfish are all possible in the Intracoastal Waterway’s freshwater sections. Saltwater will have mackerel and red and black drum fish, cobia and flounder, seabass, dolphin, and shrimp. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources keeps an updated list of the catch limits and seasons.

Take into account

The Intracoastal Waterway in South Carolina is a good place to fish. However, this protected route is very popular with boaters who travel from Florida in spring and autumn. You may encounter marine traffic while fishing. Fishing can be done at any of the piers or marinas along the Intracoastal Waterway. You also have the option to take a boat out onto the water to fish. The prime fishing season is from spring to fall.

It is best to charter a boat and guides for fishing. This will avoid problems. Captain Smily Fishing Charters is familiar with the intracoastal waters and best places to fish.


A license is required to fish in South Carolina. However, it can be difficult to purchase a license for fishing along the Intracoastal Waterway. In South Carolina, there are various licensing requirements for freshwater and saltwater fishing. Both types of water are found along the Intracoastal Waterway. You can purchase both a Saltwater Fishing License and a Freshwater Fishing License to cover all your bases and increase your options. They are available to residents and non-residents in South Carolina for periods ranging from one to one year. You can purchase your license online at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website.

All fishing licenses are provided by Captain Smiley Fishing Charters LLC. with all fishing charters. Everything is covered.

South Carolina Fishing Laws

If you love fishing, the Palmetto State has a lot to offer. There are dozens upon dozens of freshwater lakes and hundreds of miles of coastline. Largemouth bass can be caught in the Intracoastal Waterway. Red drum fishing is possible in the Atlantic Ocean, near the coast. Depending on the length of your South Carolina fishing trip, you can choose from several licenses.

Method and Device Prohibitions

Fishing from a boat is not permitted. You can only use four fishing tools to catch game fish. Fishing from a boat is allowed to use any number of legal fishing equipment provided they have a valid fishing licence. Cast nets can be used to catch non-game bait fish. You can use game fish as bait to catch larger fish. However, they are not allowed in the daily limit for each type of fish.

There are limits

There are 40 maximum game fish you can keep in a single day. Nongame fish like the American Eel has a limit of 50. Certain game fish types have lower limits (see Resources). There are length requirements for most fish. All fish must be kept with the tail fin and head intact. To measure the length, measure from the tip of your tail to the tip. There are special rules and limits for certain parks in the state or county, as well as city reservoirs. You should check with your local authorities.

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4495 Baker St
Little River, SC 29566
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