Myrtle Beach Piers,
Grand Strand
Fishing Piers
and information
By Patricia Blackstock (contact me!)
Damage from Hurricane Matthew: My pier photos!10-9-16

LINK: NINE EPIC PIERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA! Where you stay will probably determine the fishing pier you will want to visit most often. Some piers are free to walk, others have a fee to walk, usually $1. All our piers all offer fishing equipment that you can rent or purchase please note - I have received e-mail telling me the fee to walk Cherry Grove Pier has increased their walking fee to $2.

Note to all pier managers/owners: If you spot a mistake in your listing, or if you have not been listed here, if you want to make changes in your listing...or if there is anything you want to tell me, please send an email with the subject "piers"

Myrtle Beach State Park has added informational fish signs on the pier. The signs show pictures of the fish, the fish's name, bag limit, size limit and restrictions. My photos rpotate eery 5 seconds. Click any image to stop the rotation.

Myrtle Beach State Park: Current Pier Fees ( for the fishing piers, not park admission)
Myrtle Beach State Park: Fun Facts

Myrtle Beach State Park Fishing Signs! "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind"

Crabbing and Pier Fishing in South Carolina: If you’re looking for exciting, kid-friendly activities at the beach, spend some quality time with South Carolina aquatic wildlife the entire family will enjoy. Discover South Carolina

Hurricane Matthew takes a chunk out of the of piers across the Grand Strand

National Marine Fisheries Service: New Regulations Population assessment updates for vermilion snapper and red porgy have been completed.  The vermilion snapper indicates the population is no longer undergoing over-fishing (when the fish are taken from the population too quickly) and is not over-fished (when there were not enough fish in the population.)  The stock assessment update for red porgy indicates the speciesis not undergoing over-fishing population based on assessment updates, NOAA Fisheries are proposing to modify for vermilion, snapper or red porgy Keep up to date with these links: NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office frequently Asked Questions (2016) You may also be interested in South Atlantic Seasonal Closures and Trip Limits Again, of you are using a fishing charter or rental in the Grand Strand area, these local businesses will already be aware of those requirements.

License Fees Individuals, recreational fishing from the shore, banks, private deck, etc. and those recreational shrimping and crabbing are required to have a saltwater recreational fishing license. This does NOT apply to fishing piers where the fee is included in your admission to the pier, nor does it apply to Fishing Charters and Charter Boars in the Grand Strand where your license is included. Learn more here: License Fees

More about License Fees! Here's a photo of the S.C. Recreational Fishing License requirements This link spells out exactly who has to pay for a license and who doesn't. For free, you can downolad this Adobe .pdf for Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations.

What fish are being caught? The most fish caught off the coast at Myrtle Beach (Grand Strand) include black sea bass, snapper, grouper, larger sea bass, rigger, dolphin, wahoo and King Mackerel. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a Fish Chart with links to current trends.

About Surf Fishing: Surf fishing is allowed in Horry County, Georgetown County and Myrtle Beach with your fishing license. But fishing in unsafe conditions is not allowed. Unsafe conditions would include people walking on the beach, swimming or fishingtoo clos to people passing bya t a "safe distance" from people on the beach. distance not specified. In Georgetown County, no fishing of any kind is allowed within 50-feet of a boat landing. In Surfside Beach there are separate laws. (See SCDNR for license information.)

Got questions about local piers or fishing? Want to share your story of the one that got away? Let's hear it! Myrtle Beach Message Board!

Grand Strand Area Piers: What's running tight now? Here's the up-to-date Myrtle Beach Fishing Report

No limit on the following fish:
(Please be a responsible wrangler and throw back any fish too small to eat.)
Florida Pompano
Fish (Be careful of fery sharp teeth!)
Jack Crevalle

Apache Campground Pier, Lake Arrowhead Rd., Myrtle Beach. Whether you just want to check out the view and take a stroll, or enjoy live entertainment all sumer long at the pier's covered center stage, or fish all day long. It is open 365 days a year. For cuerrent rates, please visit the website. Complete Bait & Tackle is available on the Apache Pier
Crabbing Information - from Apache Pier
"We don't rent crabbing nets" although youy may buy them or bring your own. "Discounts apply for guests of the Apache Campground."

Cherry Grove Beach Pier 3500 N.Ocen Blvd.North Myrtle Beach. Daily prices: $1.00 a person to walk. The Cherry Grove Pier is home of many record-setting catches including a world record 1780 lb. Tiger Shark and a 98 lb. record-setting Tarpon. Cherry Grove Pier was built in the 1940s and has been owned by the Prince famils since 1965. It has weathered many hurricanes and was remodeled and lengthened in 1999, after a visit from Hurricane Floyd. The Tackle - Gift Shop has everything you need. (843) 249-1625.

DoubleTree by Hilton. (Previously Springmaid Pier.) Before Hurrican Matthew in 2016, this was Myrtle Beach's longest pier at1060 feet long, 36 feet wide, and with 110-feet at the end. A Myrtle Beach landmark, this pier was the site of numerous fishing tournaments and offeres the best Grand Strand piers. It has won the state record for Spanish Mackerel,and the biggest tarpon caught on this pier was 125 lbs.! DoubleTree Pier, 200 Springmaid Blvd. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.(843) 315-7156. Follow curent rebuilding of this pier live on this Compass Cove webcam. The cam will move to where you can view current construction,) Also See my photos of this pier, one day after Hurrican Matthew made a visit.

Myrtle Beach State Park is 3 miles South of Myrtle Beach on U.S. 17 business. Free to walk on the pier (with you paid admission fee. ) Fishing prices: A daily fishing pass is $7. Rod rental requires pass plus $8 rental fee and $20 refundable deposit. April - October 6:30AM-8 PM; Nov. - March: 10AM-5PM. Call Myrtle Beach Stte Park for more information. (843) 238-5326.

14 Ave. Pier 1304 N. Ocean Blvd. A pier of one sort or another has been part of this oceanfront location since 1926. In Sept. 1989 Hurricane Hugo did its best to shorten that lifespan, but the 14th Ave. Pier refused to buckle. In fact, it was one of the only piers to survive Hugo's force. Pier 14 was closde for several months due to Hurricane Hugo. Visit the 14th Pier from the link above. Or call (843) 448-6500 (Pier)

The Pier at Garden City The pier at Garden City Beach is free to walk. It is located 8 miles south of Myrtle Beach in the heart of Garden City Beach on the south strand. The Pier at Garden City is 668 ft long with a rain shelter at the end of this pier. It is located on Waccamaw Dr., Garsden City Beach, S.C. 29576. (843) 651-9700.

Second Avenue Pier 2nd Ave. This [ier serves as the Southern anchor to Myrtle Beach's famous Boardwalk, and is a Grand Strand landmark. This pier offers food, fishing and fun. Call 843.445.PIER (7437).2nd Ave. See my photos of this pier, damaged by Hurricane Matthew

Surfside Pier Surfside Pier was originally built in 1953, and has been rebuilt at least three times. The last time wasin March, 1993. As far back as can be recalled, a wealthy group of businessmen first built the pier, and the Tillman family later purchased it. During the 700s and 80s, the Holliday family owned and operted this pier. . After the "storm of the century" knocked it down for the 3rd time." The pier was re-built and sold to the Scalise family.A few y3ears ago the pier was leased to the Kremers. Open from 6 AM - 11 PM Surfside Pier is located at 11 S. Ocean Blvd., SC 29575 (843) 238-0121. 3/2/2018 (WBTW) NEW! - The Town of Syrfside Beach will receive aroubd $10M from the federal government to help rebuild the town pier, according to the town Mayor, Bob Childs. Read about it here.

Veterans Pier - Murrells Inlet is free to walk If you want to fish, you will need a saltwater fishing license to fish off of the Veterans Pier, any dock, bridge or jetty, or private boat in the Murrells Inlet estuary. The Marshwalk including the Veteran's Pier, is 1/2 mile long. The pier is open to the public (no fee) sunrise to midnight 7 days a week. There are several ramps and walk-outs. Wheelchairs are also available.

That other pier....

Garden City's "smaller pier" is free to walk - and almost hidden!
A quiet pier for families and anyone who wants to go crabbing, enjoy a small kid's park and quiet pier. Take 17 Bus South to Garden City. You will see two overhead signs. One says Garden City Connector (google it) - the other says Pine Ave. - both signs point left. Go 1/2 mile to the deads end, turn left and go to where the road ends at Elizabeth.The park is stright ahead. Pull in and park free.You'll see swings, play area, outdoor barbecue stands, picnic tables and a pavilion. Just past this point you'll see a really nice pier. At the end of the pier, you'll find a shelter: An to the left you'll see some steps. You can crab from the shelteer and seldom see anyone there. I've seen people pulling up crabs here, and'm always surprised to see it is relatively undiscovered. P.S. Let's keep it that way!

Tip: Two hours before and 2 hours after high tide are the best times to fish. Don't forget your bug spray and expecially the sunscrfeen ...and DO NOT forget a hat!

Also, be sure to check the daily reports from the SC Dept. of Natural Resources Salt Water Trends to stay current with updated information.

The Fish Pocket Guide is a free .pdf salt water fishing gov. It is called the S.C. Pocket Guide to fish in the S.C. Atlantic Ocean and it includes many fish...Spadefish, Barracudas, Hog Fish, Mackerel, Bluefish, Jack Fish, Triffer Fish, Puffers, Flounder, Whites, Sailfish and many others...

When are the various fish running at the Grand Strand piers?

Barracuda April - October
Blue Fish April - October
Cobia June - October
Dolphin April - Sept.
Flounder April-Sept
King Mackerel May-Nov.
Red Drum May - Nov.
Red Fish July - Nov.
Sea Bass Jan - Dec.
Sea Trout Jult - Nov.
Shark May- Oct
Spanish Mackerel May - Dec.
Sppeckled Trout
Jan-March - Nov. and Dec.
Spots Oct. - Nov.
Stripers Jan. to March and Nov. and Dec..
Tarpon Jan. - Feb. and May - Sept.

The Fish pocket Guide is a free.pdf from salt water fishing. It is called the S.C. Pocket Guide to fish in the S.C. Atlantic Ocean nad it includes such fish as Spadefish, Barracudas, Hogfish. Mackerel, Bluefish, Skip Jack, Trigger fish, Puffers, Flounder, Sail Fish, Whites and many more.

Another good source of information is Pilot's Home Grand Strand Fishing Reports.

If you're looking for fishing charters or other water activities in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, please see my Current To Do listings