Fishing at Myrtle Beach State Park
sunrise on the beach
Myrtle Beach State Park
A natural setting on the Grand Strand

The Fishing Pier

The fishing pier is quite the attraction for locals and for overnight visitors that visit the park from near and far. Surf fishing from the beach is also permitted but can also be called off if the beach becomes crowded. Licenses are required for surf fishing (see DNR requirements) but are not needed for fishing from the pier. Some of the more common fish that are caught and sought here include king mackerel, bluefish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, drum, whiting, spot and sea trout. You can look below to see when each of these and other fish are typically found near shore along the Grand Strand.

Hours:

  • the fishing pier as seen from the state park's parking area6:30 AM - 8 PM ; April through October
  • 10 AM - 5 PM ; November through March

Fees:

  • 16 and older - $5
  • SC Senior Citizen - $3.25
  • 6 to 15 - $2.50
  • 5 and younger - Free!

You pay for fishing at the store that is found at the beginning of the dock. Here you can also find bait and tackle, souvenirs, ice and snacks.

Some Rules and General Pier Information

There is a limit of two fishing poles per person
Alcohol, pets and flammable devices (lanterns, grilles, etc.) are not allowed on the pier
No fishing license is required but you do need to abide by South Carolina fishing regulations regarding size and number of fish that can be taken. You can find out what these regulations are at the Pier store.
No shark fishing.
You are required to wear shoes on the pier.
Poles can be rented from the Pier store.

Fishing Information and Tips

fishermen on the Myrtle Beach State Park fishing pierIn general a good way to fish off the pier is to get and leave some good fresh bait sitting on the bottom of the water. This bottom fishing method should be done in a way that finds a balance between two opposing things. First, you want your line and sinkers to be heavy enough to keep your baited hook resting on the sand underwater. You also want your bait to be able to drift around a bit but not so much that it is kept off the bottom.

You can also ask the folks at the office when you pay your fee, or perhaps someone that is already fishing, what might be biting and the best way to fish for the current conditions.

One of the reasons why piers make good fishing locations is because the pier itself serves to attract fish. Some marine species attach themselves to the pier or use the pilings as structure they can use to their advantage. This in turn draws in fish that seek out the organisms that are found here.

The information below shows when different marine species are in close to shore in the Grand Strand area. This does not mean these fish are catchable during the whole time they are known to be around, just that they are in the area.

Amberjack May-October
Barracuda April-October
Blue Fish April-October
Cobia June -October
Dolphin April -September
Flounder April -September
King Mackerel May-November
Red Drum May-November
Red Fish July -November
Sea Bass January - December
Sea Trout July - November
Shark May-October
Spanish Mackerel May-November
Speckled Trout Jan-March and Nov-Dec
Spots October - November
Stripers Jan-March and Nov-Dec
Tarpon Jan-Feb

bluefish

 

flounder

 

the fishing pier in the evening

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