Georgia River Fishing Information
Ogeechee River (upstream of U.S. Hwy. 17)

Dams do not regulate the Ogeechee.  The river rises and falls according to the amount of rainfall in its watershed, creating a unique fishing opportunity. This natural fluctuation in river level plays an important role in fish growth, reproductive success and ultimately fishing. a river bottom of primarily sand and silt.   

Guide to Fishing and Floating the Ogeechee River in PDF (1.12 MB).  This document contains access and fishing tip information and a color map with river-mile designations.

Prospects and Fishing Tips
Best Bets
REDBREAST SUNFISH, LARGEMOUTH BASS, BLACK CRAPPIE & CATFISH
Largemouth bass
Prospect The Ogeechee has historically maintained a healthy largemouth population. The fishing is best during the springtime, particularly in April, as water temperatures rise. Exceptionally high river flows in the system in 2013 have been beneficial for fish populations, including largemouth bass. The numbers and growth of largemouth look very good and catch rates should be above average for the upcoming year.
Technique Spinner baits along banks; flipping jigs and worms into tight cover along banks.
Target One of the better areas is the railroad trestle upstream of the boat ramp on Highway 56 in Midville where largemouths up to 6 pounds commonly are caught.
Catfish
Prospect The Ogeechee River contains populations of white catfish, channel catfish and bullheads. Exceptionally high river flows in the system in 2013 have been beneficial for fish populations, including catfish. The numbers and growth of catfish look very good and catch rates should be above average for the upcoming year.
Technique Typical catfish bait (i.e. worms, cut-bait, etc.) fished near the bottom of the river in relatively deep holes produce good results.
Target Catfish are generally concentrated where there is a combination of swift water and heavy cover. White catfish abundance increases closer to the estuary.
Bream
Prospect The Ogeechee River has historically contained one of the best redbreast fisheries in the state. In addition to redbreast sunfish, other bream species present include bluegill, redear sunfish and spotted sunfish. Exceptionally high river flows in the system in 2013 have been beneficial for fish populations, including bream. The numbers and growth of bream look very good and catch rates should be above average for the upcoming year.
Technique Crickets and worms fished under a bobber are effective live bait techniques. For artificial lures, consider small beetle spins, rooster tails, and popping bugs.
Target Redbreasts are plentiful in backwaters and slower moving sections of the main channel.
Crappie
Prospect Scattered pockets of black crappie provide exciting cold-weather fishing. Exceptionally high river flows in the system in 2013 have been beneficial for fish populations, including crappie. The numbers and growth of crappie look very good and catch rates should be above average for the upcoming year.
Technique Small minnows are the most popular live bait. Small artificial jigs (screw tail or feathered) also can be effective.
Target Fish tend to be concentrated around submerged trees and brush around the mouths of oxbows.
Additional Information
Flathead catfish are non-native to the Ogeeche River and an illegal introduction of the species would be devastating to native fish populations. Report any information regarding the illegal introduction of flatheads into the river by calling the TIP line at 1-800-241-4113, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
 
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