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New Oconee River Blue Catfish Record Spools Angler On Light Tackle

Brandon Watts and his family went to the Oconee River on July 9 with plans to catch a few small catfish that could feed the family. They only caught one fish, but it was big enough to not only feed his family, but many of his neighbors, too. The blue catfish caught on the stretch…

Another Etowah River Record Catfish Caught, Certified And Released

On Aug. 4, 2022, Greg Mitchell and Reggie Terhune, both from Rome, decided to to hit the Etowah River and fish a few of their favorite fishing holes. Striped bass was their target fish, but Greg said their main goal was to enjoy an afternoon fishing and relive past adventures they each have had on…

Tennessee Team Takes Lead In Bassmaster High School National Championship On Lake Hartwell

  ANDERSON, S.C. — Ty Trentham and Chase McCarter recovered from a slow start to catch 17-lbs., 15-ozs. to take the lead on Day 1 of the Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors on Lake Hartwell. The Sevier County High School juniors hold a 2-oz. lead on Livingston…

Crappie Record Established For Chattahoochee River Below Buford Dam

That beautiful stretch of the Chattahoochee River in the north Atlanta suburbs below the Lake Lanier tailrace is best known for fantastic trout fishing, including for naturally producing brown trout that can grow to huge sizes. There is also good fishing for other species, especially in the lower end of this stretch of river in…

Sinclair All Nighter Produces New Flathead Record

Lake Sinclair has always been a big part of Tommy Spell’s life. He grew up fishing there and that hasn’t changed through the years. It’s more than 55 miles from his Alamo home, but he still makes the trek there often because it the largest lake closest to his home. Those late-night hours fishing for…

Bass Fishing

Tennessee Team Takes Lead In Bassmaster High School National Championship On Lake Hartwell

  ANDERSON, S.C. — Ty Trentham and Chase McCarter recovered from a slow start to catch 17-lbs., 15-ozs. to take the lead on Day 1 of the Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors on Lake Hartwell. The Sevier County High School juniors hold a 2-oz. lead on Livingston…

Emmanuel College Coach Pam Martin-Wells Embracing Faith And Fishing In Cancer Battle 

As the all-time leading money winner among female bass anglers, Pam Martin-Wells’ recent victory at a Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) event on Arkansas’ Bull Shoals Lake came as no surprise. Far more astonishing, however, Martin-Wells claimed victory with a Toyota sun buff covering her bald head, because just days earlier she had received her…

2022 Bassmaster High School National Championship Set For Hartwell

  Temperatures in South Carolina have heated up and so has the fishing on Lake Hartwell as young anglers from across the country prepare for the Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. Featuring eight members of the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors and…

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…

West Point Lake Striped Bass And Hybrids

West Point linesides are on the move, feeding heavily on shad and tearing into blueback herring when they can find them. You can catch both stripers and hybrids right now trolling artificials and live bait, downlining live bait and jigging spoons and bucktails. It is a great time to catch them. Both species have been…

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

New Oconee River Blue Catfish Record Spools Angler On Light Tackle

Brandon Watts and his family went to the Oconee River on July 9 with plans to catch a few small catfish that could feed the family. They only caught one fish, but it was big enough to not only feed his family, but many of his neighbors, too. The blue catfish caught on the stretch…

Another Etowah River Record Catfish Caught, Certified And Released

On Aug. 4, 2022, Greg Mitchell and Reggie Terhune, both from Rome, decided to to hit the Etowah River and fish a few of their favorite fishing holes. Striped bass was their target fish, but Greg said their main goal was to enjoy an afternoon fishing and relive past adventures they each have had on…

Sinclair All Nighter Produces New Flathead Record

Lake Sinclair has always been a big part of Tommy Spell’s life. He grew up fishing there and that hasn’t changed through the years. It’s more than 55 miles from his Alamo home, but he still makes the trek there often because it the largest lake closest to his home. Those late-night hours fishing for…

Crappie Fishing

Crappie Record Established For Chattahoochee River Below Buford Dam

That beautiful stretch of the Chattahoochee River in the north Atlanta suburbs below the Lake Lanier tailrace is best known for fantastic trout fishing, including for naturally producing brown trout that can grow to huge sizes. There is also good fishing for other species, especially in the lower end of this stretch of river in…

Eufaula’s Crappie Therapy

Don’t underrate the positive side effects of a crappie fishing experience, even in the hot summer months, on Lake Eufaula. In fact, “crappie therapy” is the label that Alabama angler Mark Martin frequently uses in his social media posts. He has a healthy following on Facebook and posts frequent pictures of his crappie catches there.…

The Satilla River Summer Special

If you’ve ever thought about a bucket-list trip to the Satilla River, don’t put it off another summer. I’ve spent my entire life fishing the blackwater river, and in 30 years I can assure you the fishing has never been as good as it is right now. Whether you want to target redbreast, bluegill, 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

CRD Hosting Red Drum Town Hall Meetings

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to attend two town hall meetings in June to learn and ask questions about the results of a recent saltwater fishing satisfaction survey with a particular focus on the red drum fishery. The town halls are slated for 6 p.m. Monday, June 6 at Georgia…

Get Your Baits Away From The Beach

You’ve heard the old joke about fishing: if you’re on shore you try to sling the bait as far out as possible, and if you’re in a boat, you try to toss the bait as close to shore as your skill allows. It’s as paradoxical as it is true. What I want to share today…

Midway Man Sets New Record For Dolphin

A 53-year-old Midway man is the new state-record holder for dolphin fish, also known as mahi mahi, after the Georgia Department of Natural Resources certified his catch. James Roberts, of Midway, landed the 68-lb., 1.6-oz. dolphin April 26, 2022 while fishing over Deli Ledge approximately 80 miles east of St. Catherines Island, according to DNR’s…

Trout Fishing

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.…

Crazy Stories From The Trout Stream

I love to trout fish, and I go a lot. My fishing buddy Jerry Taylor and I hit the trout waters at least two or three times a week from when I limit out on turkeys to when bow season begins. Some jaw-dropping, frightful and “I can not believe that just happened” incidents have occurred…

Trout Unlimited Cohutta Chapter Sponsors Veterans Fly Fishing Class

By Rob Hilkin The Trout Unlimited Cohutta Chapter recently completed its third Veterans Fly Fishing Class. The four sessions were held at the Boys and Girls Club in Canton. The class opened with a wounded warrior from Iraq sharing his experiences. He was seriously wounded in Iraq and nearly died. While he was recovering in…

Other Georgia Fishing

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,…

18 1/2-Pound Gar Breaks Oostanaula River Record

A bass angler fishing from the bank on March 30 hooked and landed a 52 1/4-inch long gar that set a new record for the Oostanaula River. Joseph Agan, of Ranger, caught the new record longnose gar certified at 18-lbs., 8-ozs. Joseph was fishing a gray ghost-colored Bandit 200 crankbait at a creek mouth on…

Record-Sized Yellow Perch From Clarks Hill Tailrace

Georgia has seen three state-record fish in the past four months. Could another record fish have been caught last week? We will never know because the angler chose to release a huge yellow perch that based on measurements would have been close to state-record proportions. Patrick McCorkell was fishing below the Thurmond Dam in the…