Fishing for Fun

The many fishing opportunities in our SC State Parks provide all sorts of fun and all sorts of fish! We have a state park located on every reservoir lake in this state. State parks are sprinkled along rivers too, and if we have neither of those, you can guarantee yourself just about every park has its own man-made lake chocked full of fish…..and did we mention the Atlantic Ocean? It’s swimming with countless fish and other species.

Take a moment to read about some of our fun fishing programs, events and more, and make sure you cast-away next time you’re in a state park.

Tackle Loaner Program

You're at a park, you want to fish, but you forgot your rod & reel and tackle? No problem. Thanks to the SC Dept of Natural Resources Fishing Tackle Loaner Program, we have equipment that you can use at no charge at all of our parks where fishing is available.

You must be 18 years of age or have a parent check out the equipment, but the program is totally free.  Check out the park of your choice and look under things to do to see if the park participates in the tackle loaner program.

The Big Daddy Fishing Event

The weather is hot in August at Santee State Park, and so are the fish! The Big Daddy Fishing Event is a day of fishing for the little folks. This event has taken place at Santee State Park for over 35 years and each year it seems to grow.

The fishing event is for children ages 3-12, each of which must be accompanied by an adult. Awards are given in the categories of: Most Outstanding Catch, Big Fish, 1st Place Overall and 2nd Place Overall.  The event is held the first Saturday in August each year.  For more information contact Santee State Park at 803-854-2408.

Little Buddies Fishing Program

You get a line, and I’ll get a pole, and we’ll head down to the fishing hole at Lake Warren State Park for the annual Little Buddies Fishing Program held each May. This event is also for kids and is much like the Big Daddy Event at Santee.  For more information contact Lake Warren State Park at 803-943-5051.

Saltwater Pier Fishing 101

It’s definitely a different sort of fishing, especially when the Atlantic Ocean is involved! You never know what you might pull up from that salty abyss. Two of our beach parks, Myrtle Beach and Hunting Island provide fishing piers so that you may try your hand at saltwater pier fishing.

For more information on fishing throughout our parks, visit our fishing page. For other programs related to fishing, visit our programs and events page and search by park or date.