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Georgia River Fishing Information
Satilla River

The Satilla River is considered to be one of the most scenic and natural rivers in south Georgia.  Originating in Ben Hill County, the river takes a free flowing and winding course for 260 miles before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.

Guide to Fishing and Floating the Satilla River in PDF (494 KB).  This document contains access and fishing tip information and a color map with river-mile designations.

Prospects and Fishing Tips
Best Bets
Largemouth bass
Prospect Though not known for its bass population, largemouth are present in sufficient numbers in the Satilla. A good number of bass in the 12 to 16-inch range continue to be seen. If high water levels persist into the spring there should be several bass caught in the 2-3 lb size range, but the occasional lunker is lurking.
Technique Typical bass lures work, but it's hard to beat a shallow-diving minnow plug during the spring.
Target As the river begins to fall in the early spring, target woody cover near the mouths of oxbow lakes and feeder creeks.
Prospect Catfish fishing should be very good this year. The river supports healthy populations of snail, yellow and brown bullheads, and channel catfish. Anglers are encouraged to harvest any flathead catfish captured while fishing, regardless of size.
Technique Use worms, chicken livers, cut bait or your own secret bait fished on the bottom.
Target Fish the deeper holes, which are usually located on outside bends in the river.
Prospect One of the premier redbreast sunfish rivers in the southeast, and an angler's best bet for catching a redbreast greater than 1 pound. Some nice fish in the 3/4 -1 lb range were harvested in the spring, and if sufficient rainfall is received and water levels rise this winter and early spring, anglers should once again catch very good number of redbreast in the 6 to 8-inch size range and and an occasional rooster (greater than 8 inches). Anglers should also expect to catch many 6 to 8-inch bluegill and 8 to 10 inch coppernose bluegill.
Technique For redbreast: Crickets and worms fished under bobbers or on the bottom with split-shot weights works best. Try switching to artificial lures such as small beetle spins and rooster-tail spinners when water temperatures rise into the 70s (F). Also attempt fly-fishing as the water warms. Stick to crickets and worms for other bream species.
Target For redbreast: Concentrate fishing efforts around woody cover in the mainstem of the river. For bluegill: Target oxbow lakes and beaver ponds off the main river channel; particularly oxbow lakes in the lower section of the river around the Burnt Fort area.
Prospect Crappie are present throughout the river. Try fishing for crappie when conditions are too cold for targeting bream and bass.
Technique Live minnows and small artificial jigs are recommended.
Target Try fishing woody cover in slack-water away from the main channel.
Additional Information
Refer to the USGS gauges located at Waycross, GA and Atkinson, GA when planning your fishing trips. Fishing conditions are best when the USGS gauge reads between 4-8 feet at Waycross and 3-7 feet at Atkinson. USGS gauge information can be found at:

Waycross, GA: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?02226500

Atkinson, GA: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?02228000
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