Fishing in Oconee County

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For the angling enthusiast, Oconee County and South Carolina’s Mountain Lakes area has plenty of outstanding fishing opportunities whether you’re looking for an eventful day on the lake or a beautiful day of fly fishing in mountain streams. Here are a few highlights of what the area has to offer:

 

One of the best resources for fishing information is out South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). For detailed information on fishing licenses, rules and regulations, fish species or anything else you need to know about fishing in Oconee County, visit their web site at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish.html.

Rules & Regulations: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/pdf/fishing.pdf

Fish Species You Will Find in Our Waters

Lakes

Lake Jocassee

With the pristine Jocassee Gorges as a backdrop, the only thing
better than the scenery on this 9,000 acre Duke Energy reservoir is the great fishing for trophy brown and rainbow trout. The lake holds five state records including smallmouth bass, redeye bass, white bass, spotted bass, cat- fish, carp and rainbow, brook and brown trout species.

Lake Keowee

This 18,372.acre Duke Energy reservoir was created as a water supply for Duke’s power generation operations and has earned a reputation as a great spotted bass lake. Also available are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, redeye bass, crappie, catfish and trout.

Lake Hartwell

At 56,000 acres, this U.S. Corps of Engineers impoundment is well known for its trophy striped bass, as well as largemouth and spotted bass species. The prestigious Bass- master Classic was held on the lake in 2008.

In addition, the lake offers plentiful bream, crappie, catfish and hybrid striped bass.

Lake Tugaloo

As the pick up point for rafters and paddlers from the Chattooga River, this 600 acre mountain gem holds one of only a handful of walleye populations in the state. The remote access is located off SC Hwy. 76 near Long Creek and the 20 HP motor restrictions make it a haven for canoe and kayak anglers. Fish found in the lake also include bream, crappie, largemouth bass, white bass and catfish.

Walhalla State Fish Hatchery

Built in the 1930?s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this is the only trout hatchery in South Carolina. Some 150,000 pounds of rainbow, brown and brook trout are raised here each year for stocking mountain streams and lakes. Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery, fish in the East Fork which runs through hatchery grounds, or picnic in areas provided for the public. Nearby is the Elliot Rock Wilderness, which offers a series of scenic trails for hikers.

Rivers

Chattooga River

Listed as one of the nation’s best wild and scenic rivers, the 57 mile long Chattooga forms the border between South Carolina and Georgia and offers world class fly casting opportunities for trout. The river houses wild trout populations supported by regular stockings from Oconee County’s Walhalla State Fish Hatchery and is championed by the local Chattooga River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. You can fish for smallmouth and redeye bass, bluegill, catfish, brown brook and rainbow trout.

Chauga River

The “little sister” to the Chattooga, the Chauga River offers a downsized version of the Chattooga’s world class wild trout fly fishing also supported by hatchery trout in a more intimate setting that is easily wade- able across its upper reaches. Some remote camping facilities are also available right on the banks of the river. Trout and redeye bass are the main targets.

Eastatoe River

The Eastatoe River in nearby northern Pickens County offers fly angling for wild rainbows in a spectacular wilder- ness setting, spin and bait fishing for hatchery supported trout with easy and convenient access, and the opportunity to tangle with trophy size brown trout.

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