43. Fish the Fresh Waters
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.
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 want to fish within a gated plantation, check with the plantation’s Property Owner’s Association/Security Office to see about a fishing permit.
You don’t, however, need a license to fresh water fish from shore. Jarvis Creek Park, located on the William Hilton Parkway (Hwy. 278) just east of the Cross Island Expressway, 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.
Freshwater fishing charters are available in spring and fall. The charter will include equipment, bait, and license.
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