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Ohoopee River Chain Pickerel Record Broken, And Fried…

When you catch a record fish, it’s always good to have credible witnesses. Scott Drennon, who recently caught the largest chain pickerel ever recorded from the Ohoopee River, did so in front of a good one. “I was bass fishing with Treutlen County Sheriff Thomas Corbin,” Scott said. “I was throwing a plastic worm when…

Banks Lake Gets Right For January Fishing

I have driven by this body of water numerous times and admired its unique beauty from Highway 122, but I was unprepared for the amazing view from the water. Banks Lake is a 4,049-acre National Wildlife Refuge in Lanier County outside of Lakeland, and it is loaded with fish and wildlife. The place is full…

Lake Rabun Perch Record Broken By 73-Year-Old Retiree

Jeff Smith is not one of those people who moved to Georgia and talks about how much better things were where he came from. The Cleveland, Ga. resident can’t brag enough about the state where he moved to four years ago. Now, he has something else to brag about. Jeff’s 1.88-lb. yellow perch caught on…

Hartwell Offering One Final Chance At Bassmaster Classic

Final Classic Spot On The Line At Bassmaster Team Championship On Lake Hartwell ANDERSON, S.C. — Late fall/early winter is a fun time to fish Lake Hartwell, according to Bassmaster Elite Series pro Todd Auten of Lake Wylie, S.C. But anglers who want a chance at winning the 2022 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship—being held Dec. 7-10…

WRD Fisheries Lineside Stockings Total 3.4 Million Fish in 2022

Creating live creatures in a laboratory may seem like a dastardly scheme out of some B horror movie, but it’s a process that many Georgia fishermen live for. For many of those fishermen, the lineage of their biggest fish ever can’t be traced back to Mother Nature.Those fish got their beginnings in WRD Fisheries hatching…

Bass Fishing

10 Locations For Clarks Hill Prespawn Bass

Longer days have Clarks Hill bass stacking up in ditches near spawning areas and feeding heavily on flats near them. This is one of the best months of the year to catch numbers of bass and find a big prespawn female to brag about. No hindsight ip unit displayed. With 72,000 acres on the Savannah…

Cold-Water Cranking For January Bass

Cold-water cranking is one of the best ways to get bit in the dead of winter. As the water cools, bass become increasingly lethargic and reluctant to eat. Their metabolism slows and they don’t need as much food to survive as they do in the warmer months. On account of their inactivity, catching bass when…

Fish Rock Near Deeper Water For January Lake Blackshear Bass

Blackshear is full of tempting targets. Cypress trees run for miles, and there are grassbeds everywhere. But in January, anglers should bypass that good-looking cover and look instead for rocks near deep water to catch Lake Blackshear bass. You don’t have to run all over the lake to find rock if you know where to…

Hybrid Fishing

Juliette Stripers & Hybrids Go Deep In Summertime

With a hint of excitement in his voice, Lake Juliette fishing guide Jeff Mooney said, “Watch that pole, it’s going down!” He pointed at the rod next to Bob Turner and, as Jeff predicted, a slight bend in the rod became a deep arc toward the water as the striper pulled out line and the…

Clarks Hill Lake Live-Bait Linesides In December

Live-bait fishing for hybrids and stripers can be crazy good this time of year on Clarks Hill, with limits in minutes when the fish are bunched on points and humps feeding on herring—if you’re there at the right time. If you’d like to see proof, take a look at fishing guide Eddie Mason’s Facebook page…

Ocmulgee River Hybrid Record Established

Josh McDonald, of Americus, caught a hybrid bass on April 4 that weighed 7-lbs., 11.84-ozs. that sets a benchmark for a brand-new river record on GON’s Georgia Lake and River Records list. He was spending the day with his older brother Jason and his twin brother Justin. “We are all baseball coaches, so we never…

Striper Fishing

Juliette Stripers & Hybrids Go Deep In Summertime

With a hint of excitement in his voice, Lake Juliette fishing guide Jeff Mooney said, “Watch that pole, it’s going down!” He pointed at the rod next to Bob Turner and, as Jeff predicted, a slight bend in the rod became a deep arc toward the water as the striper pulled out line and the…

Clarks Hill Lake Live-Bait Linesides In December

Live-bait fishing for hybrids and stripers can be crazy good this time of year on Clarks Hill, with limits in minutes when the fish are bunched on points and humps feeding on herring—if you’re there at the right time. If you’d like to see proof, take a look at fishing guide Eddie Mason’s Facebook page…

Purple Heart Recipients Enjoy Lanier Fishing Trip With SCI

The Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) was honored to host 25 Purple Heart recipients during its annual Wounded Veterans Fishing Weekend at Lake Lanier July 9-11. The event, which has been hosted for more than a decade by Georgia SCI, provides a full weekend of fishing and fun on Lake Lanier for wounded…

Catfish Fishing

The Way Jug Fishing Used To Be

I don’t think of cars when I see one. I don’t think of engines. I don’t think of anything to do with land. To this day, over 30 years later, I still see water when I look at a quart oil jug. I see the stained brown water of Lake Oconee. I see the 12-foot…

61-Pound Blue Catfish Sets West Point Record

  A huge catfish set a new lake record on West Point Lake, setting the mark for blue catfish on the Chattahoochee River reservoir as a tough record to break. Jerrimie Tolbert boated a West Point blue cat on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 that had a certified weight of 61 pounds.  Jerrimie was fishing with…

Ocmulgee River Flathead A State-Record Class Fish

When someone drops a tempting live bait into any Georgia waters, one never knows what might pull on the line. Blake McCann, of Hahira, and his crew headed to the Ocmulgee River to do a little camping. His girlfriend, Reece Erin Holtzclaw, and their friends, Hunter Guay and his wife Kayla, wanted to catch some…

Crappie Fishing

Thump Timber For West Point Crappie

Gentlemen, start your engines! But more appropriately, get your outboard motors up and running and get ready to fish. Spring is right around the corner, and now is the time to get everything in tip-top shape and ready to hit the lakes, streams and reservoirs of this great state. Yes, we are still in the…

Satilla River Specks

As I am beginning to type this story, what seems to be the last few drops of rain from Tropical Storm Nicole can be heard as they splatter on my roof. Originally forecasted to receive huge amounts of rainfall, my old trusty rain gauge says we only got a little more than 2 inches at…

Winter Crappie Fishing On Coosa River Reservoirs

If you love to head to the woods this time of year to pursue white-tailed deer, Capt. Lee Pitts is right there with you. However, if you want to take a break from the deer stand and catch crappie on Weiss or Neely Henry reservoirs, Pitts is your man. “If you want to catch crappie…

Bream Fishing

Ogeechee Warmouth Gives Glenn Settles Six River Records

  Glenn Settles lives on the Ogeechee River between Statesboro and Sylvania. His riverside home gives him the opportunity to fish several evenings a week. He loves the leisure of fishing for redbreast sunfish. What he rarely catches on the river is warmouth, but June 21 was different. “I was fishing for redbreast sunfish with…

Joshua Barnhill’s Biggest Warmouth Ever Sets Savannah River Record

Joshua Barnhill’s day of fishing on the Savannah River didn’t turn out anything like he had hoped. His plans were to use a bobber and crickets to catch bluegill that he would use later in the day to bait his trotlines. What he caught instead was a lot more exciting. “To tell you the truth,…

Ohoopee River Bluegill Record Set Using Creek Boat

Dale Williams is the new poster child for where’s there’s a will, there’s a way. His ingenuity recently paid off with him catching his largest bluegill ever.  The Vidalia resident’s 1-lb.. 2.56-oz. bluegill was recently certified as the largest ever recorded from the Ohoopee River. “We have a small house on the river that has…

Saltwater Fishing

Pompano Ties Georgia Saltwater Record

A Florida woman has tied the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Record for Florida Pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) after her catch was certified by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this week. Cathy Sanders of Palm Coast, Fla., caught a 1-lb., 7.68-oz. Florida Pompano while surf fishing on St. Simons Island on Oct. 9 that officially…

Georgia Kingfish In October

As cool air begins to blow and temperatures drop this month, the majority of Peach State fishermen hang their poles up in the shed, grab their favorite rifle or bow and head to the woods hoping to knock down a big whitetail. Not Don Driggers. Don fishes the salt year-round, but he says that it’s…

Bull Red Takes Angler Chest Deep and Down To The Knot…

Late summer into early fall is a great time to catch a bull redfish from the Georgia beaches. T.J. Tyner., of Comer, was visiting his grandparents on St. Simons on Sept. 17 when he found himself chest deep in saltwater and all the way down to the knot on his reel. “Surf fishing has been…

Trout Fishing

Delayed Harvest Trout Regs Begin Nov. 1

If you were looking for a reason to go trout fishing, we have just the ticket. Beginning Nov. 1, trout fishing on Georgia’s delayed harvest trout streams will be in full swing, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). While trout fishing can be found year-round in Georgia, there are…

Georgia Trout Hatchery Receives 222,000 Eggs From Montana

Despite losing more than 17,000 trout in a Labor Day Weekend flood at its Summerville Trout Hatchery, WRD is making good on its promise that it will not let the near disaster affect trout stockings in 2023. The hatchery just received 220,000 rainbow trout eggs from Ennis, Montana. It is the first of four egg…

New Lake Burton Trout Record Just A Bit Bittersweet

Tom Fox realized a decades-old dream when he broke the Lake Burton record for brown trout recently, but he says the prize was a little bittersweet. GON has confirmed Tom’s 12-lb., 4-oz. brown trout as the largest-ever recorded from Lake Burton. Mixed in with Tom’s joy was a little heartfelt sadness for a young kid.…

Other Georgia Fishing

Ohoopee River Chain Pickerel Record Broken, And Fried…

When you catch a record fish, it’s always good to have credible witnesses. Scott Drennon, who recently caught the largest chain pickerel ever recorded from the Ohoopee River, did so in front of a good one. “I was bass fishing with Treutlen County Sheriff Thomas Corbin,” Scott said. “I was throwing a plastic worm when…

Lake Rabun Perch Record Broken By 73-Year-Old Retiree

Jeff Smith is not one of those people who moved to Georgia and talks about how much better things were where he came from. The Cleveland, Ga. resident can’t brag enough about the state where he moved to four years ago. Now, he has something else to brag about. Jeff’s 1.88-lb. yellow perch caught on…

Carp On A Fly Is A Chattahoochee River Record

The Chattahoochee is one of my favorite locations to chase several species of fish, and with the May full moon I headed to Bull Sluice on Sunday with both my bass tackle and a fly rod to search for bream beds. I made my way on my kayak to the place I planned to fish,…