Isle of Palms Fishing Pier

An added benefit to staying in one of our Sea Cabin or Oceanside Villas, is access to a private, gated fishing pier located right behind the Sea Cabins. Isle of Palms has a reputation for plentiful inshore and offshore fishing opportunities along its salt marshes, shallow coastal waters and estuaries.

Fishing Licenses

Anyone actively fishing will need a license. This includes anyone holding a fishing rod, or retrieving a hand line, crab trap, cast net or any other fishing device. You must also have a fishing license to fish from a boat, the pier, or the beach on Isle of Palms. To learn more about fees, amenities, and operating times of the various piers, bridges, and docks around the Charleston area, visit the website of The Department of Natural Resources. To obtain information or to purchase a fishing license, click here.

The Catch

In- and near-shore fishing along Isle of Palm's Atlantic coastal waters offers the opportunity to catch a wide variety of fish, including redfish, spotted trout, flounder, shark, tarpon, crevalle, sheepshead, jack king and Spanish mackerel. For a more challenging fishing experience that yields different kinds of fish, try an offshore experience on a guided charter. Common catch includes king mackerel, cobia, shark, amberjack, snapper, barracuda, tuna and dolphin.

Marinas and Landings

If you have a fishing boat and need a place to keep it, there are three options on the Isle of Palms. Located south of ICW Marker 116, the Isle of Palms Marina has floating docks with rubber protection guards and slips for transients.

Seasonal Fishing

Fish species in the Charleston area vary by season. On Isle of Palms, spring through fall offers a great opportunity to catch sea trout, red and black drum, flounder, whiting and mackerel. Locals know that during the hot summer months it is best to fish when the water temperature is cooler, at dawn or dusk. In addition, baitfish, crab and shrimp are plentiful throughout summer. During a typical outing, it is possible to catch as many as 10 fish species during a single trip.