FISHING Five state records and one world record! What more can we say about fishing in Oconee County. With over 90,000 acres of lakes and over 100 miles of rivers and streams, you can hook up with world class stripers, hybrids, bass, trout, catfish, crappie and pan fish year round. Tackle shops and expert guides await you to assist in your angling experience, whether it be on one of our many lakes or fly fishing on the rivers. Lake Jocassee holds all the records including the world record Red Eye Bass and state records for Small Mouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. The Walhalla Fish Hatchery stocks Jocassee annually with Brown and Rainbow Trout. Lake Keowee is well known for a strong population of Spots and Crappie. Lake Hartwell is the place to go for trophy Stripers, Hybrids, Catfish and a live well full of Crappie. Lake Tugaloo is a small lake limited to 20 HP motors, but the fish are plenty including Trout, Bass and Walleye. And then there are the Rivers! The Chattooga and Chauga Rivers are heavily stocked with Brown, Rainbow and Brook Trout from the Walhalla Fish Hatchery. The rivers are great for fly fishing, spinning reel or cane pole. Don’t CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
know how to fly fish? Hire a guide. They will take you to the river with all the gear, show you how to cast and you are sure to catch some trout before the day’s end. For more details on our lake rivers, please visit our website at www.SCMountainLakes. com. ■ LICENSING South Carolina fishing licenses are available at many retail outlets in the area, online from the Department of Natural Resources, www. dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html or visit the SCDNR Clemson Office, 311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson. Phone: 864.654.8266. The cost of a resident freshwater fishing license is $10 annual and $5 for a 14-day permit. Non-resident fees are $35 annually and $11 for a seven-day permit. No additional stamps are required. ■ PRIVATE FISHING LAKE Go Fish! 461 Williams Farm Road, Westminster www.gofishupstate.com 864.886.6886 Visitors Guide • 35
Visitors guide to Oconee County, SC, including Lakes Jocassee, Keowee and Hartwell plus the Chattooga River.