5 of the Best Ways to Enjoy Kiawah Island Fishing

A Lowcountry vacation isn’t complete without a fun and exciting fishing experience! Our barrier islands feature miles of uninterrupted shoreline, hidden lagoons, stunning inlets, and stocked ponds that are perfect for casting a line. Whether you want to plan a full-day adventure at sea or you’re traveling with small children and can only spend an hour at a dock, Kiawah Island fishing is a long standing tradition you and your family can enjoy.

But, don’t forget that this beautiful area is also a nature preserve filled with active wildlife. When you’re looking for the best place to fish, always choose a dock instead of the bank of a pond and never reach into the water. You just might be greeted by an alligator!

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1. Ensure You Have the Proper Licensing

The first step to a great day of Kiawah Island fishing is ensuring you have the proper fishing license from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Even if you are fishing on private docks and lakes, the state requires you to have a license with you. Since most of the water in and around the island is saltwater or brackish water, opt for a recreational saltwater fishing license. You can easily purchase one before your trip online.

2. Head to Beachwalker Park

If you are looking for Kiawah Island surf fishing, head on over to Beachwalker Park. Located on the west end of the island between the Bohicket River and ocean, this public area on the beach offers beautiful views and an excellent place to cast your line into the sea. You can also enjoy inlet fishing on the river at Beachwalker Park.

3. Try a Pond or Lake

Kiawah Island has several ponds and lakes to choose from if you prefer fishing by a still body of water instead of the beach. If you are staying in Vanderhorst Plantation or Turtle Point area, you’ll find a large bass pond on Kiawah Island near Rhetts Bluff. This pond has an excellent pier with lots of space for parking and bikes. The Night Heron Pond is also a popular place to fish. It is located within Night Heron Park, a 21-acre green space offering a variety of other family-friendly activities to enjoy.

4. Rent a Boat at Bohicket Marina

Bohicket Marina is just a short 5-minute drive from Kiawah Island and offers everything you need for a great day on the water. If you would like to rent a boat to enhance your fishing excursion, look for Bohicket Creek Boat Rentals at the marina. You’ll find an excellent selection of well- maintained 19’ Sea Pro Bay Boats that are perfect for a fun-filled day of fishing, dolphin watching, and sightseeing through the inlets and on the open ocean!

5. Take a Kiawah Island Fishing Charter

For the ultimate Kiawah Island fishing experience during your stay, you should sign up for a chartered adventure. There are dozens of excellent choices in the area, but we highly recommend Captain Lindsay at Lil Darlin’ Charters. Lil Darlin’ Charters can accommodate up to 6 passengers and offers 2-hour dolphin, sunset, or eco tours and 4 or 6-hour inshore fishing charters.

Sonny Boy Charters is another excellent choice. Located in Bohicket Marina, Sonny Boy Charters offers offshore, inshore, and nearshore fishing charters, plus sunset tours, and custom excursions. With a custom tour, you can enjoy dolphin watching, shelling, ecotours, shark fishing, and more!

Or, if you’d like to take advantage of the Kiawah Island community amenities, you can book Kiawah Island fishing charters through the Heron Park Nature Center. Excursions include:

  • Custom trips
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Family fishing and Kiawah River eco-cruise
  • Inshore fishing
  • Kiawah River creek fishing
  • Near coastal and reef fishing
  • Shark fishing
  • Ultra light tackle and fly fishing adventures

For more information or to make fishing charter reservations, call the Heron Park Nature Center at (843) 768-6001.

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In addition to fishing, there are a variety of other outdoor activities you can enjoy during a Kiawah Island vacation. This luxury island community in the Lowcountry is located on a stunning barrier island, just a short drive from historic Charleston. When you stay with us, you can explore pristine natural landscapes by walking or biking through winding trails, paddle boarding, kayaking, or canoeing on the marsh. Or, you can spend a day outdoors at the premier tennis facilities or one of the five championship golf courses.

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