If your favorite way to relax on vacation is to go fishing, then Hilton Head is a place you want to visit. No matter your preference—fresh water or salt water—you’ll find both on this perfectly situated South Carolina island.

Ocean Fishing

1.  Charles C. Haigh Fishing Pier

Serious deep sea fishermen will love this beautiful area. Line the beaches or piers with your family and friends for a free day of saltwater fishing.

2.  Dufuskie Island

This unique island can boast both salt and freshwater fishing. Fresh water creeks line the island and make a beautiful setting for your fishing trip. But try the docks by the Intracoastal Waterway, where you can do your saltwater fishing.

Fresh Water Fishing

 1.  Palmetto Dunes Lagoons

The peaceful setting in this resort area hideaway might be what keeps the fish close. But since the resort keeps the water stocked with redfish, trout, flounder, and others, chances are good the fish will be biting here.

2.  Jarvis Creek Park

Jarvis Creek is a great place to take the whole family. If fishing isn’t your only plan for the day, this is the spot to be. Go for a jog, bring a picnic, then teach the kids the basics. They may just hook their first bass!

Things to Remember:

If you will be fishing from a boat, a state license is required for anyone over the age of 16. Licenses are now also required for pier and beach fishing as well. Crabs, shrimp, and oysters can be caught with a net without a license, but cannot be trapped. Sharks and stingrays must be thrown back.

Consistently warm temperatures throughout the year make Hilton Head a beautiful place to kick back, relax, and catch some fish. Pack up your gear and head out today!