Fishing inside Sea Pines is limited to property owners, their accompanied guests and rental guests.
Fresh Water Fishing
The fresh-water lakes in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve offer opportunities to fish for bass, crappie, bream and catfish. The Forest Preserve is also home to Lake Joe, which is stocked with catfish, a favorite for children. Lake Joe is restricted to children 14 and under and the adults accompanying them.
Please note: Hot dogs have been removed from authorized fishing bait. This has been causing issues with alligators.
Brackish lagoons and Tidal Waterways Fishing
Brackish lagoons and tidal waterways are desirable locations for crabbing and saltwater fishing. Please be aware that some fishing locations require a South Carolina recreational saltwater fishing license.
Those fishing only on the shore/ocean and not on Sea Pines property ONLY need the State License. Anyone fishing on navigable brackish saltwater (except the shore) must purchase both the State License and the CSA fishing permit. If the brackish / salt water is not navigable, they only need the CSA fishing permit.
For Property Owners & Their guests:
Sea Pines CSA Fishing permits are not required for fishing inside Sea Pines for Property Owners & their accompanied guests. Property owners should carry their Sea Pines Property Owner ID Card and can present it in the case that you are stopped by Sea Pines Security.
Property Owners can purchase a fishing permit on behalf of their guest or relative (if the owner does not plan to accompany the guest fishing). If for any reason the Property Owner cannot come by the office, we will accept written confirmation that the owner approves their guest / relative to purchase a fishing permit.
We have limited the number in a group to purchase one fishing permit to a maximum of 5ppl. Therefore, up to 5ppl fishing pay $5 for the group. Between 6 -10ppl pay $10 for 2x fishing permits.
For Rental Guest:
Sea Pines CSA Fishing permits are required for rental guests and may be obtained from the CSA Administration Building located at 175 Greenwood Drive Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. A valid resort/ rental guest pass and a $5 fee are required to obtain a fishing permit which will only be valid during the time frame noted on your resort/ rental guest pass.
CSA fishing permits are available for purchase after usual office hours from our Dispatch Office (after 5pm during weekdays and throughout the weekend). When you arrive to the CSA Building (175 Greenwood Drive), the Dispatch Office is the second door along. Please ring the doorbell for assistance. Fishing permits are $5 for groups of up to 5 people and we accept cash only. The officer on duty will require your blue Sea Pines vehicle pass to show the location of your rental property, the dates of stay and the Rental Company or owner you are renting through.
Marriott Grande Ocean guests are allowed to purchase a fishing permit, as long as they present their blue vehicle pass.
Click here for additional information regarding fishing inside of Sea Pines or call Sea Pines CSA at 843.671.1343.