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Georgetown Fishing Report

Learn more about Georgetown below

July 11

Morning surface water temperatures are about 87 degrees in Debordieu Creek. There is a ton of bait around but a lot of it is very small menhaden and finger mullet.

June 26

Morning surface water temperatures are in the mid-80s in Debordieu Creek. Water clarity is above average without much rain, and there are tons of mullet and menhaden around.

June 12

Morning surface water temperatures are around 80 degrees in Winyah Bay. Water clarity is above average and bait shrimp, finger mullet and menhaden are all around for netting. 

June 6

Morning surface water temperatures are around 77 degrees around Georgetown and getting into the 80s during the day.  Clarity is above average, especially considering the negative low high tides. Bait shrimp, finger mullet and menhaden are all around for netting. 

May 23

Morning surface water temperatures are around 73 degrees off Georgetown and warmer in the creeks.  Finger mullet are showing up while shrimp are still far too small for bait.

May 15

Morning surface water temperatures are around 74 degrees in the creeks around Debordieu and maybe a degree cooler in the ocean.  With all the rain visibility is very low in Winyah Bay.

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About Georgetown

Includes Winyah Bay fishing report, North Inlet fishing report and Debordieu fishing report.

Located at the southern tip of the South Carolina Grand Strand on the Atlantic coastline, Georgetown is approximately halfway between the North Carolina/ South Carolina border and Charleston, SC.  Georgetown is the third oldest city in South Carolina and today the second largest seaport in the state.  The city of Georgetown is located on the Winyah Bay at the confluence of the Black, Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw and Sampit Rivers.  The city is located entirely within Georgetown County, of which it is the county seat.  This fishing report covers the massive Winyah Bay watershed as well as North Inlet located to the south of Debordieu Beach, a private island to the northeast of Georgetown.

Redfish (also known as spottail bass, red drum, and other names) can be caught inshore around Georgetown the year round, as can spotted seatrout (also known as speckled seatrout, winter trout, and more).  Sheepshead and black drum can also be found inshore most of the year, although in late winter the mature fish generally head offshore to spawn.  There are also an abundance of essentially migratory species that generally come in the warmer months – a broad category in South Carolina – and leave when temperatures cool.  These include croaker, pompano, spot, whiting and of course flounder (juveniles of both species may be present all year), bluefish, tarpon, weakfish, spadefish, cobia, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, sharks and more.  Bottom species including black sea bass, triggerfish, porgies, and various species of snapper and grouper can always be found off the coast at varying depths, while dolphin, tuna and even marlin are seasonal offshore species.  Wahoo can generally be caught the year round in the Gulf Stream off South Carolina.  Note that species can seasonally come to South Carolina via north/south migration along the Atlantic coast, or they can seasonally move closer to the coast and then farther out via east/west migration, as well as a combination of the two.  In addition to spawning patterns and water temperature preference, some of these migrations are driven at least in part by bait availability, including shrimp, mullet, menhaden and more.