National Fishing Month
Did you know that July 24th through August 30th is National Fishing Month? The goal of National Fishing Month is to encourage family and friends to get outside, enjoy the outdoors and most importantly, learn how to fish! Fishing is a family-friendly activity that is fun for all ages.
Fishing can serve multiple purposes. The history fishing originated as a necessity for many cultures to survive. Fish became a staple for many diets around the world. Fishing has now evolved from a calming recreational activity into a professional sport that is broadcasted worldwide for spectators to watch
No matter how much experience you have, fishing can be enjoyable for everyone!
Best Fishing Locations in Hilton Head
With an abundance of freshwater and saltwater fishing locations, Hilton Head, South Carolina is fisherman’s dream location. According to multiple local fisherman, here are the top spots around the island to sit back, cast a line and test out your fishing skills!
- Jenkins Island Fishing Pier: Located at 43 Jenkins Island Rd, Hilton Head, SC, 29926, the Jenkins Island Fishing Pier extends out into the waters of Skull Creek. The parking is limited in this area so make sure to get there early. Also, be sure to use a restroom prior to arriving since there aren’t any in the vicinity of the pier.
- Old House Creek Fishing Pier: The closest intersection to the Old House Creek Fishing Pier is Sterling Point Drive and Silver Oak Drive on Hilton Head Island. The pier is approximately 500 feet down from that specific intersection. This location also doesn’t have restrooms available to the public and parking is limited. Old House Creek Fishing pier is especially popular during crabbing season which falls in late April to about mid-May.
- Jarvis Creek Park: Type 100 Jarvis Park Rd, Hilton Head, SC, 29926 into your maps and it will take you to this breathtaking 53-acre park. The park is located on the north end of the island and has an 11-acre freshwater lake. The lake is stocked year-round with bluegill and largemouth bass. Jarvis Creek Park is ideal for families to fish due to all the amenities it has to offer. The park does however have a catch and release rule. So, make sure you throw back anything you happen to hook that day!
- Lake Joe (Sea Pines Forest Preserve): Lake Joe is one of the five lakes located within the Sea Pine Forest Preserve. The lake was named after one of the Sea Pines developers, Joseph B. Fraser. The lake is restricted to children 14 years and younger, however, they must be accompanied by an adult. The lake is stocked with a plethora of smallmouth bass, bluegill sunfish and crappie.
- Palmetto Dunes Lagoon: Located at 1 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head, SC 29928, almost directly in the middle of the island. Fun fact, the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon is the second-largest man-made, saltwater lagoon in the United States. This lagoon contains multiple species of fish such as black drum, flounder, speckled sea trout, bluefish, and tarpon.
- C.C Haigh Fishing Pier: The entrance to the C.C Haigh Pier is located off of the William Hilton Parkway (278) across from the Pickney Wildlife Refuge. The pier itself is 150 feet in length. There is ample space for tourists to share with the local fisherman.
More Fishing Locations Close to Hilton Head
- Port Royal Sands in Port Royal
- Lobeco Fishing Pier off Highway 21
- Old House Creek Fishing Pier on Hilton Head
- Broad River Fishing Pier near Beaufort
- Paradise Pier at Hunting Island State Park
- Camp St. Marys Fishing Pier in Okatie
- Whale Branch Fishing Pier in Seabrook
- Daufuskie Island Dock and Float
- Winbee Fishing Pier near Dale
- Waterfront Park in Beaufort
Insider Tip #1: In South Carolina, if you are 16 and years and older, even if you are just visiting, you will need to purchase a fishing license. Visit https://www.dnr.sc.gov/legallicense.html for more information.
Insider Tip #2: When fishing in freshwater ponds in the lowcountry, make sure to be aware of your surroundings. You never know what kind of reptile could be lurking!
Insider Tip #3: Checks the tides prior to fishing in Hilton Head. The ideal time to fish is an incoming tide or rising tide. The water coming in from the ocean typically is a cooler temperature and can contain more oxygen which helps the fish to thrive.
Hilton Head Fishing Charters
Some of best fishing can be done offshore via boat. While many tourists may not have access to a boating vessel, Hilton Head has multiple fishing charter companies to utilize while you are on vacation. Whether you are an experienced angler or just starting out your fishing journey, each charter can be customized to all different styles of fishing. Cruise the intracoastal waterways catching all kinds of species from cobia, sea bass, trout and possibly even a shark or two!
Did you know that you can purchase tickets for many of these activities for up to 60% off through Hilton Head Guest Services? Call (843) 341-2370 or fill out the short form below. One of our local experts will guide you through making the absolute most of your time on Hilton Head. Just for filling out the form, you’ll receive our Mini Island Discount Packet, which includes coupons for some of our favorite restaurants and excursions.