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Top 5 Fishing Destinations in the Lowcountry

Nestled between coastal South Carolina and Georgia, the Lowcountry is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The marshy waterscapes and temperate weather conditions in this region make it a popular destination for a variety of recreational activities, but it's the fishing opportunities that truly set it apart. From bull reds to trophy billfish, the Lowcountry offers some of the most ideal fishing an angler can dream of. Here are the top 5 fishing locations in the Lowcountry and what you can target in each destination.

This article covers:

  • 5. Myrtle Beach
  • 4. Hilton Head Island
  • 3. Isle of Palms
  • 2. Beaufort
  • 1. Charleston
  • Honorable mention: Edisto Island
  • Your next fishing adventure in the Lowcountry
  • Frequently asked questions about fishing in the Lowcountry

5. Myrtle Beach

Inshore fishing in Myrtle Beach offer great chances for redfish, black drum, and more. Courtesy of UWMadison.

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Guided fishing in Myrtle Beach

Along the scenic shores of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach offers exceptional fishing experiences. Renowned for its diverse inshore and offshore fishing opportunities, Myrtle Beach stands out as a top choice for anglers of all skill levels. The waters surrounding Myrtle Beach are teeming with life, from the winding creeks and marshes to the expansive seagrass flats, all nourished by the nutrient-rich currents of the Atlantic Ocean. And while you're here, don't miss out on exploring the nearby attractions of Myrtle Beach, from its pristine sandy shores to its vibrant entertainment scene. Whether you're casting your line or soaking in the coastal charm, Myrtle Beach promises an unforgettable fishing experience set against the backdrop of South Carolina's coastal beauty.

Fishing in Myrtle Beach

Embark on an adventure through Myrtle Beach’s intricate network of creeks and estuaries where redfishsea trout, black drum, sharks, and flounder can be targeted with the right guide. Head offshore in pursuit of prized game fish. Hook into the likes of king mackerel, mahi-mahi, and even billfish Myrtle Beach is a coastal gem of the Lowcountry that offers fantastic opportunities centered around saltwater fishing. The undeveloped areas throughout North Inlet Reserve, Winyah Bay, Santee Delta, and Cape Romain near Myrtle Beach are local fishing hotspots. You can always ask your guide ahead of time if you have any questions.

4. Hilton Head Island

A picturesque sunset after fishing in Hilton Head Island. C/o Camylla Battani.

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Guided fishing in Hilton Head Island

When you make your way to Hilton Head Island, right off the coast of South Carolina, you’ll understand why it’s regarded as one of the most popular fishing spots in the Lowcountry. Hilton Head Island’s abundance of fishing possibilities — both inshore and offshore — demonstrates exactly why it stands as a premier destination for anglers seeking adventure. With the right guide, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you're chasing the catch of a lifetime or savoring the coastal charm, Hilton Head Island promises an unforgettable fishing experience.

Fishing in Hilton Head Island

The island's coastal waters contain estuaries, creeks, flats, and marshlands —  all fertile grounds for a variety of sought-after species. Cast your line into the winding creeks and tidal flats, where redfishsea trout, and flounder await eager anglers. Venture offshore to encounter the thrill of deep-sea fishing, targeting prized game fish such as grouper, snapper, and even majestic sailfish, drawn to the rich abundance of marine life in these waters. For the best experience, book with a veteran guide who knows these waters best.

3. Isle of Palms

Reelasing a massive redfish near Isle of Palms, SC. Courtesy of Capt. Charlie Mogul.

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Guided fishing in Isle of Palms

Another premier destination for anglers seeking adventure, Isle of Palms is an incomparable segment of the Lowcountry. As part of the barrier islands off Charleston, Isle of Palms promises the thrill of classic Charleston fishing with a unique and endlessly explorable landscape. Find your private Isle of Palms paradise fishing with one of AnyCreek’s expert guides. 

Fishing in Isle of Palms

The waters surrounding Isle of Palms are a haven for a variety of prized fish species, from redfish and speckled trout in the shallows to king mackerel and cobia prowling the offshore reefs. Explore the intricate network of creeks and marshes, where the tranquil backwaters offer prime habitats for casting lines and reeling in your next catch of the day. Venture further offshore for a deep-sea fishing expedition, where the Atlantic Ocean's rich waters teem with game fish such as mahi-mahi, tuna, and even marlin, providing an exhilarating angling experience for seasoned fishermen and novices alike. This area is also prime grounds to fish the infamous flood tides, targeting sheepsheadredfish, black drum, and tarpon. For more information on fishing during a flood tide, check out this article.

Isle of Palms is a must-visit destination for all anglers. Whether you prefer saltwater or freshwater fishing, this barrier island near Charleston has it all. To find the best experiences in all Isle of Palms, let AnyCreek be your guide.

2. Beaufort

A redfish tailing in inshore waters near Beaufort, SC. Courtesy of Indigo Fishing Charters.

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Guided fishing in Beaufort

Located along the scenic shores of South Carolina, Beaufort offers exceptional fishing opportunities for enthusiasts at all levels. Beaufort is a premier destination along the South Carolina coast, erupting with opportunities to catch still larger trophy redfish and tarpon. The Beaufort guided fishing charter experience delivers unrivaled shots to explore some of the best backcountry fishing the Lowcountry boasts today. Whether you're chasing trophy fish or enjoying a day on the water, Beaufort promises an unforgettable fishing experience amidst the beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Fishing in Beaufort

The waters surrounding Beaufort are a haven for a wide variety of fish species, from bull redfish and flounder in the shallow marshes to tarpon and cobia hungry in the deeper channels. Explore the intricate network of creeks and estuaries, where the tranquil backwaters provide prime habitat for casting lines and reeling in the day's catch. Nearshore you can also target jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, and more.

For those seeking offshore adventure, Beaufort offers access to the rich waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where game fish such as king mackerel, mahi-mahi, and sailfish await eager anglers. Embark on a deep-sea fishing excursion to experience the thrill of battling these powerful creatures against the backdrop of the open sea. Embarking on your fishing journey with an experienced guide will provide the best experience.

1. Charleston

The beauty that is Charleston's inshore fishery. Courtesy of Ace Outdoors.

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Guided fishing in Charleston

With its renowned flood tides and epic offshore fishing, Charleston, South Carolina, is the crown jewel of the Lowcountry. The region features diverse ecosystems, including estuaries, tidal creeks, rivers, and the expansive Atlantic Ocean, offering rich habitats for some of the world's most sought-after gamefish. Uncover Charleston's premier fishing spots with an AnyCreek guide, ensuring complete peace of mind on your next adventure.

Fishing in Charleston

Whether you're an enthusiast of fly fishing or prefer traditional methods, you'll swiftly grasp why sight-fishing in Charleston holds such allure. The shallow tidal creeks and verdant spartina grass flats surrounding Charleston offer an ideal setting for pursuing redfish, black drum, flounder, tarpon, and speckled sea trout.

For those willing to venture beyond the marshes to the nearshore reefs and wrecks, a diverse range of targets awaits, including black sea bass, amberjack, sheepshead, cobia, king mackerel, and various snapper and grouper species. For the ultimate thrill, consider journeying out to the Gulf Stream, where opportunities abound to hook mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna, marlin, and other majestic billfish.

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Honorable mention: Edisto Island

Inshore fishing in Edisto Island, SC is unmatched with easy access to untouched landscapes. Courtesy of Lowcountry Fisherman.

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Guided fishing in Edisto Island

Discover the unparalleled fishing haven of Edisto Island. Boasting legendary flood tides and exhilarating offshore excursions, Edisto Island is a paradise for anglers. Its pristine waters host a variety of ecosystems, from tranquil estuaries and meandering tidal creeks to majestic rivers and the vast Atlantic Ocean. Let an experienced guide from AnyCreek lead you to Edisto Island's top fishing spots, guaranteeing a worry-free and unforgettable adventure.

Fishing in Edisto Island

Fly fishing is king in Edisto Island, with endless landscapes to target sought-after gamefish. The grass flats, oyster beds, and inshore habitats near Edisto Island offer an ideal setting for pursuing flounder, tripletail, redfishtarpon, and speckled sea trout. As a Sea Island in South Carolina's Lowcountry away from the hustle and bustle of Charleston, this getaway is an idyllic fishing ground for beginners and advanced anglers alike.

Your next fishing adventure in the Lowcountry

Beginning the journey on a skiff boat. Courtesy of Lowcountry Fisherman.

Whether you're casting your line into the inshore flats off Charleston's coast, or patiently awaiting a bite in the offshore waters off of Myrtle Beach — every moment is an opportunity to make lasting memories. The best way to ensure success and enhance your skills is by booking a guided fishing trip in the Lowcountry. Local guides bring a wealth of knowledge about these waters and can offer invaluable insights. So grab your gear and head out on your next fishing adventure in the stunning Lowcountry.

Frequently asked questions about fishing in the Lowcountry

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