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48. The Best Fishing Piers in Myrtle Beach

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The Best Fishing Piers in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach piers are some of the best spots for locals and vacationers to drop a line and enjoy the world-class fishing that South Carolina offers. You’ll see young and old anglers casting their rods into the Atlantic in hopes of landing a fresh flounder for dinner or perhaps a photo-worthy whopper to show their friends back home. Though this area offers an impressive list of theaters, shopping, and attractions along its 60-mile shoreline, pier fishing Myrtle Beach waters remains a huge draw for vacationers, especially at these top spots:

  • Apache Pier
  • Cherry Grove Fishing Pier
  • Myrtle Beach State Park Pier
  • Surfside Beach Pier
  • The Pier at Garden City Beach
  • Pier 14

These long, wooden structures are beloved by casual beachgoers and serious fishermen alike, and the best fishing piers offer something for everyone to do while visiting Myrtle Beach. Beyond the angling, incredible views, and live entertainment, these family-friendly establishments also feature arcades and open-air restaurants with delicious bites and cool drinks, plus they host fun events, like karaoke and concerts by local beach bands. 

Most of the piers in Myrtle Beach have tackle shops where you can rent your rod and reel and purchase bait, so getting started is a cinch. The hardest part of your vacation will be deciding which fishing pier to try first. We’ve made a list of the best piers you’ll find up and down the coast, and since the fishing in Myrtle Beach is always good, you’ll have plenty of opportunities at the catch of a lifetime.

Apache Pier

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Open 365 days a year, The Apache Pier is one of the largest piers in the area. Apache is the longest wooden fishing pier on the East Coast at 1206 feet long. Families have been strolling this pier for decades, enjoying ice cream cones and casually chatting with fishermen to find out what’s biting. The well-informed staff and fully stocked tackle shop provide everything you need to reel in dinner or teach your grandkids about the joy of pier fishing in Myrtle Beach.

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Cherry Grove Fishing Pier

Originally built in the 1950s, the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier is the northernmost of the Myrtle Beach fishing piers. It was extended and renovated extensively in 1999 following Hurricane Floyd. At 985 feet in length, the pier offers ample room to find a spot with your rod and reel and enjoy the sun and salt air while you wait for a big catch. A raised observation deck at the pier’s end also offers spectacular coastline views.

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Myrtle Beach State Park Pier

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The Myrtle Beach State Park offers a more natural setting than is typically found among the busier resort areas with fishing piers. Paid admission grants you access to the park and the use of its numerous nature trails, picnic areas, and beachfront, but an additional fee is required to get your hook in the water off of the fishing pier located at the center of the wide, undeveloped beach area. Walking the pier here, however, is free.

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Surfside Pier

Surfside Pier

The Surfside Beach Pier, which sustained damage during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, is under construction. The new pier will be made of concrete and built to better withstand weather events and extreme winds. It is expected to open in the spring of 2023, though a final announcement has not been made. The pier will be home to a restaurant and retail spaces and will welcome back anglers to fish in this area of the ocean once again.

The Pier at Garden City Beach

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This fishing pier near Myrtle Beach is loaded with entertainment options, like live music on two stages, two full-service bars, karaoke, and a full arcade, plus the pier at Garden City is a fisherman’s paradise! The kids will love the arcade’s popular games like Skee-Ball, Wheel of Fortune, Deal or No Deal, Clown Roll Down, and more, and the cafe serves hot dogs, burgers, fries, and cold sodas. For the grown-ups, the two bars offer cold drinks and live music with a spectacular view of the beach.

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Pier 14

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For sweeping scenic views of the Atlantic while you’re eating and fantastic fishing before or after dinner, it doesn’t get much better than this downtown Myrtle Beach pier on the Boardwalk  near the Myrtle Beach Skywheel . The oceanfront eatery offers seafood, steaks, pasta, and salads to take care of whatever you’re craving, and the tackle shop and gift store have your fishing needs covered.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Which pier at Myrtle Beach is best for fishing?

Many consider the Myrtle Beach State Park pier to be the best fishing pier in Myrtle Beach for the angler looking for quieter surroundings while they cast a line, but those who prefer a lively environment with more urban distractions may prefer the Apache Pier or Pier 14.

How much does it cost to fish off the pier at Myrtle Beach?

Each Myrtle Beach fishing pier sets its own rate for admission for walking or fishing the pier. The prices for fishing passes range from $3 to $10 for the day, and children’s admission is usually free. The passes do not include rod rentals, tackle, and other supplies.

What is the best time of year to pier fish in Myrtle Beach?

October is a peak month for fishing closer to the land, not only because the cooler weather is a relief for anglers, but because the fish are feeding in shallow areas in anticipation of the next season. Most anglers find redfish, trout, and flounder are abundant in areas with structures, wrecks, or shallow grasses, like the area beneath fishing piers.

What can you catch from the piers in Myrtle Beach?

The structures themselves attract fish looking for food sources, so pier fishing in Myrtle Beach allows anglers the option to catch mackerel, bluefish, flounder, drum, and trout throughout the year. While larger fish can be seen near piers, it is unlawful to attempt to catch sharks or large marine animals from piers in Myrtle Beach.