Last Updated on December 22, 2022 by Capt. R.C.
If you’re planning an inshore South Carolina fishing trip, check out our fishing season calendar guide for details on the best times to schedule your trip.
Inshore Fishing By Season
Whether you’re targeting redfish, trout, flounder, or other species, South Carolina coastal waters are some of the best in the world for year-round fishing action.
Although most species remain active during the winter, cold water can send fish into a bit of a funk. This is especially true for inshore species that are accustomed to the warmer waters of the summer and fall. That said, plenty of fish can be caught if you know the best strategies and where to look. Redfish often congregate in large schools around docks and other structures in search of baitfish and crustaceans. These areas can also hold good numbers of trout congregating in search of food.
Spring is an excellent time of year to fish South Carolina’s coastal waters. The water temperatures begin to warm, and fish become more active. This is also the time of year when many species start their spawning cycles, making it an excellent time to sight fish, in particular. Redfish and trout can be caught in good numbers, along with the occasional flounder. Also, keep an eye out for bull reds, as this is a time of year that they often show up in South Carolina’s inshore waters.
The summertime is when the inshore fishing heats up in South Carolina. The water temperatures are at their peak, and the fish are biting. The usual inshore species are all active, with a new and welcomed guest each summer season: tarpon! Summer in South Carolina means tarpon fishing season is upon us. The arrival of “silver kings” is always an exciting time for inshore anglers. These massive fish put up an epic fight and are true trophy fish.
The fall season is another excellent time to fish South Carolina’s inshore waters. The water temperatures begin to cool, but fish activity stays high. Many of the same species active in the spring can be caught in good numbers. Redfish, trout, flounder, and others are all biting. The fall is also a good time to target tarpon before they begin to migrate out of coastal waters.
When is the Best Time to Inshore Fish in South Carolina?
The short answer is all of the time! Each season offers something different, and South Carolina’s inshore waters are always teeming with fish. So whether you’re targeting redfish, trout, flounder, tarpon, or other inshore species, there’s always something biting.
South Carolina’s inshore fishing calendar has something for everyone, no matter what time of year it is. So get out there and wet a line or fish with us!