Photo courtesy of Jeff Keller

 

What’s a vacation without some leisurely time to kick back and drop a fishing pole into the water? If you aren’t a heavy-duty angler, you have kids in tow, or you just don’t want to spend the time or money for a charter boat, then try some lazy, gentle freshwater fishing in one of the Island’s many lagoons and ponds.

You may see folks sitting by one of the fresh water lakes and ponds within our gated communities. You, too, can have that kind of easy, lazy experience – just grab a pole and bait, and you’re all set – almost.

You need a freshwater fishing license if you are at least 16 years old. You can easily obtain a license through any outfitter or through the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (888-714-3611 or online at www.sc.dnr.gov).

A great spot on the Island is Jarvis Creek Park, located on the William Hilton Parkway (U.S. Hwy. 278) just east of the Cross Island Expressway. This is an 11-acre fresh water lake stocked with bass and bluegill. You can fish from the floating pier or find a spot on the bank. Your outing should be rewarding, but be aware that the fishing there is strictly catch and release. The park is open from dawn to dusk seven days a week.

Note that some of the lagoons around the Island are saltwater. For those you should be aware the state of South Carolina requires that all shore-based saltwater fishing require a license. This applies to fishing for finfish, oysters, clams, shrimp and crab.

If you want to fish within a gated plantation, check with the plantation’s Property Owner’s Association/Security Office to see about a fishing permit.

If you decide to hire a charter boat, they will supply you with the license as well as bait and equipment. Freshwater fishing charters are available in spring and fall.

For more information, contact:

Live Oac Adventures (888-254-8362)

Outside Hilton Head (800-686-6996)

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