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Fishing on SC Old 96 District's Freshwater Coast

Fishing is great year-round in the SC Old 96 District!

fishsc logoTo say that we’re undiscovered, well, that’s no fish story. Head east from Atlanta and look for 2,000 miles of shoreline and 110,000 acres of water. Yep, that’s us. The one with the big, blue body of water, striped bass and beautiful sunsets. The locals call us South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast. We hope you call it home for a nice long fishing or boating weekend. We welcome outdoorsy people like you.

The Old 96 District is renowned for large populations of of largemouth, striped and hybrid bass, bluegill bream, catfish, crappie and trout. According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources compilation of creel survey data, Freshwater Coast lakes rank high in the number of fish caught per acre. The area’s mild climate allows for year-round fishing adventures.

Visit for the most current fishing reports and for the most recent stocking report.Fisheries biologists with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Freshwater Fisheries Section have been constructing structures in all the major reservoirs in the Old 96 District lakes. These sites are clearly marked by buoys and are constructed of various materials. Maps and GPS coordinates are provided to assist fishermen in locating these sites at fishattr.

Fishing Licenses




Prices are subject to change. Call the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for additional information at 866/714-3611 or visit

Abbeville County

Lake Russell

  • Millwood, off SC 72 West
  • West Beer Garden Creek, off SC 81
  • Latimer, off SC 81/Road 901
  • Felkel, off SC 81 North
  • North Wilson Creek, off SC 72/ Road 70
  • Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area (marina and boat ramps)

Lake Secession

  • Barton’s Landing, Hwy. 184 near Antreville

Edgefield County

Savannah River

  • Fury’s Ferry, off Hwy. 230
  • Stevens Creek, off Hwy. 230

Greenwood County

Lake Greenwood

  • Greenwood Shores, SC 702/Road 34
  • Soul’s Harbor, Road 94
  • Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area

Laurens County

Lake Greenwood

  • Dockside Landing, Todd Quarters Rd. off US 221, Waterloo
  • Cane Creek Marine, Watts Bridge Rd., Cross Hill
  • Moon Landing, 4105 Watts Bridge Rd., Cross Hill
  • Laurens Shrine Club, off US 221

McCormick County

Lake Thurmond

  • Long Cane Creek, off SC 276 west of SC 28
  • Little River Quarry, off SC 81
  • Leroy’s Ferry, SC 81
  • Landrum Creek, off US 221/SC 28
  • Scott’s Ferry, off US 221/SC 28 (Clarks Hill)
  • Below dam SC area, off US 221
  • Clarks Hill Dam Area, off US 221
  • SC 28 Access (at Long Cane Bridge)
  • Parksville Recreation Area
  • Dorn Sport Fishing and Boating Facility (S33-124 off US 378 West)
  • Hawe Creek Campground, off US 378
  • Modoc Campground, US 221/SC 28
  • Mount Carmel Campground, off SC 81
  • Baker Creek State Park
  • Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area
  • Hickory Knob State Resort Park
  • Plum Branch Yacht Club (Buoy #62-64)
  • Savannah Lakes Resort and Marina (Buoy #90)

Lake Greenwood

Beautiful rolling hills and tall forests await your arrival on Lake Greenwood’s sparkling 11,400 acres of crystal-clear water along the border of Greenwood and Laurens Counties. Each year the lake is stocked with over 280,000 striped bass, assuring anglers of an action-packed day on the water. According to the Department of Natural Resources, compilation of creel survey data of South Carolina’s eight major reservoirs, Greenwood ranks first in number of crappie caught per acre and third in largemouth bass. It is known as a popular family friendly lake. A public landing can be found at Lake Greenwood State Park.

Lake Rabon

Encompassing 450 acres, this lake is ideal for small boating fishing. Located only minutes from downtown Laurens, the lake was created to provide flood control, recreation and municipal water use. Picnic areas, boat ramps and a comfort station are facilities offered. The lake is stocked with bream, bass and catfish.

Lake Richard B. Russell

A Corps of Engineers hydroelectric lake along the Savannah River, Lake Russell was completed in 1985 and named for the late Georgia senator, Richard B. Russell. Located mostly in Abbeville County, it has about 550 miles of shoreline and covers 26,650 acres of water. Around 1,500 acres of the lake are flooded timber, an excellent habitat for largemouth bass, bream, crappie, catfish and trout. Bass and crappie are best in Spring. Lake Russell offers exceptional bluegill fishing for a large reservoir. Traditionally, the best fishing for bedding bluegill takes place in May and June. There are more than twelve public access points on the South Carolina side of Lake Russell.

Lake Secession

Located along the Rocky River above the headwaters of Lake Russell, Lake Secession is owned by the City of Abbeville and is used primarily for municipal power production. A popular recreation spot, the lake has many private residences along its shoreline.

Lake Thurmond

One of the largest inland bodies of water in the South, Lake Thurmond has a shoreline of 1,200 miles and covers 71,100 acres of water. Built by the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers for hydroelectric usage in 1952, it has more than 100 islands and is surrounded by pine and hardwoods. Formerly Clarks Hill Lake, the lake was renamed in honor of U.S. Senator J. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina in 1987. Lake Thurmond features white, striped and hybrid bass and holds good populations of largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. Excellent hybrid and striper fishing begins in late April and early May. Lake Thurmond is the largest man-made body of water east of the Mississippi River. The Dorn Sports Fishing and Boating facility provides an added attraction for fishermen. One commercial marina in South Carolina serves Lake Thurmond boaters.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources –

US Forest Service (803) 637-5396

Marinas, Ramps and Recreation Areas

Windsor Drive Calhoun Falls, SC
Blue Hole Recreation Area is adjacent to Calhoun Falls. This 123 lakefront area is has a terrific picnic area with grills, fishing pier and boat ramp. The makings of a great day outdoors! Located o...
Abbeville County
34.5514, -81.9093
276 Acres
Laurens County
SC HWY 81, Iva, SC
With easy access to Lake Russell, Jim Rampey Recreation Area is a great spot for water fun. This area has a two lane boat ramp, a courtesy dock and fishing pier.
Abbeville County
Lake Greenwood
Lake Greenwood was created between 1935 and 1940 by the construction of the Buzzard’s Roost Dam.  This 11,400 acre lake has 212 miles of shoreline. Recent years have brought considerable deve...
Greenwood County
Lake Russell
Lake Russell is a 26,650-acre lake which stretches 30 miles up the Savannah River to Lake Hartwell Dam. Russell is a multipurpose project constructed under the supervision of the Savannah District,...
Abbeville County
Lake Secession is a 1,450 acre reservoir located in Abbeville County. The lake is situated downstream of Broadway Lake on the Rocky River, with the Secession Dam being near the backwaters of Lake R...
Abbeville County
Lake J. Strom Thurmond is located on the border of South Carolina and Georgia on the Savannah River. This 42,564 acre reservoir is owned and constructed by US Army Corps of Engineers. Lake Thurmond...
McCormick County
Lake Thurmond South Carolina & Little River
If canoeing, kayaking, or stand-up paddling are your passions, the Little River Blueway offers fifty-one miles of diverse and scenic paddling trails. Upper sections of the paddling routes are compl...
McCormick County
99 Village Dr, McCormick, SC 29835, United States
Savannah Lakes Village is a recreation-inspired lakefront sporting community located at the confluence of Western South Carolina’s Little River Blueway Adventure Region and 71,100-acre Lake T...
McCormick County
1665 Milam Road, Clinton, SC, United States
Escape into a quail hunter’s paradise where we strive to restore a southern tradition that dates back to the early 1800’s. At Upland Wings the sportsman by day is challenged by the wits of great fl...
Laurens County
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