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SPR 2017

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Page 30 of 83 | 31 Coldwater Trout Action Lake Jocassee is hands-down the best place to catch quality trout in the state (the minimum size is 15 in.), and lots of shad to feed on means the fish are fat. It's not classic trout fishing, by a long shot; downriggers or lead-core lines are used to get spoons and plugs deep to fish usually pre-spotted on sonar. There's also a good night fishery using commercial minnows, night crawlers or cut herring. Again, sonar lets you know where to fish. If you want more traditional fly-rod fishing, go to the head of the lake and fish the Whitewater River tributary. The fish are smaller, but are stocked regularly and usually cooperate. For much more abundant—but not giant— trout, the Chattooga (yep, the Deliverance river) is by far the best choice. It's a designated Wild and Scenic River with few access points, but if you don't mind a bit of walking in most areas, both stocked browns and rainbows, as well as brook trout, are abundant. Some of the upstream areas have wild trout as well. The lower sections are covered up with tubers, rafters and kayakers in summer, but the colder months give a classic trout fishing experience. Locals say fly patterns don't matter a whole lot here—make a quiet approach, stay well back from the pools you're fishing, and make a drag-free presentation, and all the classic patterns including dries, nymphs and streamers will do the job. The state offers an excellent trout fishing guide here: Far Left: Largemouth bass are everywhere in the Palmetto state, but it's hard to beat the action on Lowcountry lakes like Marion and Moultrie. Left: The many coldwater rivers flowing out of the Appalachians provide excellent trout fishing, often in secluded surroundings, and anglers benefit from ongoing stocking programs. Photos: Jason Stemple.

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